ARMS has best launch for an unlicensed fighting game in Japan within the past seven years
Nintendo probably couldn’t have asked for a better debut for ARMS in Japan. The game sold around 100,000 between June 16 and June 18. As a new IP on a system that’s in its early lifecycle, that’s not bad at all.
Some new information really puts into perspective just how well ARMS did. It had the best debut for an unlicensed fighting game in Japan over the past seven years. ARMS beat out the likes of Street Fighter (more than double the sales of Street Fighter V), BlazBlue, The King of Fighters, and Tekken.
Note that due to the nature of the graph (unlicensed), franchises like Dragon Ball and One Piece aren’t represented. Super Smash Bros. also isn’t here, but the graph mainly isn’t focusing on characters from non-fighting games.