Cuphead celebrates second anniversary and 5 million copies sold

In celebration of its second anniversary, Cuphead developer Studio MDHR has revealed its run-and-gun game has gone five-times platinum and sold five million copies. 

“Cuphead turns two today, and we’re so humbled to announce: it has officially gone five-times platinum!!” Studio MDHR said via a tweet earlier today (thanks, PCGN). “Starting now, the game is 20% off on all platforms for a full week. And stay tuned, because we have 5 days of fun and giveaways planned to celebrate 5 million copies sold!”


The award-winning 1930s-inspired hand-drawn animations follow the actions of the eponymous hero Cuphead and his brother Mugman, and sold over a million copies in just two weeks. Earlier this month, its soundtrack topped the Billboard’s Jazz charts – the first video game score to ever do so.

The boost in sales is likely due in part to Microsoft’s rollout of its Xbox Live subscription service, which partnered with Nintendo earlier this year to bring Cuphead to Nintendo Switch. “You can thank StudioMDHR for making their award-winning game so special, and our friends at Microsoft for helping us bring Cuphead to even more players,” Nintendo manager of publisher and developer relations, Kirk Scott, said at the time. 

“We are partnering with StudioMDHR to investigate bringing Xbox Live features beyond Xbox and PC to Nintendo Switch,” added ID@Xbox senior director Chris Charla. “Yes, this means that fans will now have the opportunity to experience StudioMDHR’s award-winning debut game on Nintendo Switch with Xbox Live! We’ll be working with StudioMDHR to implement Xbox Live features into Cuphead on the Nintendo Switch in the coming months. Given the early stage of our work with StudioMDHR, the Xbox Live features will appear in a post-launch update to Cuphead on Nintendo Switch. We’d like to thank Studio MDHR and Nintendo for their help in this investigation!”

A new animated TV show based upon the fan-favourite Cuphead is coming to Netflix. Studio MDHR made the announcement via its social media channels, confirming the 1930s-inspired show will show off Inkwell Isles “as you’ve never seen them before”.

“Coming to you in full colour and cine-sound, it’s…The Cuphead Show!” a tweet from the studio said at the time. “Witness the wondrous Inkwell Isles as you’ve never seen them before in an original series inspired by classic animation styles of the 1930s. Now in production by the talented team at Netflix Animation!”

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