It seems that Pokémon Sword and Shield have been breaking all sorts of records this week. After earning the title of fastest-selling Switch game in Japan in only 3 days with 1,364,544 physical copies, the newest mainline games in the series have quickly turned into the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game worldwide.
Only a week after release, the official Japanese Pokémon Twitter account tweeted an announcement
that both titles have sold over 6 million copies combined globally. Amazingly, this knocks out the previous record holder, the ever-popular Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. While Pokémon selling well should come as no surprise, it’s interesting to see how successful the newest entries have become.
— ポケモン公式ツイッター (@Pokemon_cojp) November 21, 2019
Both games have also sold over 2 million copies in the US alone, which also makes them the highest-grossing set in the series. It should be noted, however, that each version costs a full $60 as opposed to the normal $40 of previous titles, likely contributing to the earnings.
Based on these reports, it seems that the controversy surrounding the games hasn’t hurt sales much. Despite some stating their lack of support for the games, it feels safe to say that many were still looking forward to them. While the titles don’t innovate much in terms of graphics or narrative, they provide the core mechanics and gameplay that players have grown to love and enjoy.
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