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Pokémon Sword and Shield has sold through 6 million copies worldwide in just two days

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Update: Turns out those sales figures weren’t for the first week of Pokemon Sword and Shield, but rather its first two days. Hot damn.

There’s a long-running joke that so long as Nintendo has a mainline Pokémon game scheduled for releases every couple of years, they’ll have a license to print money. Here’s the thing: That’s not a joke. It’s the honest truth. From the original Red and Blue games through to the final Sun and Moon entries on the Nintendo 3DS, Pokémon games have bulldozed their way into the record books every time a big new chapter in the series is unveiled.

Pokémon Sword and Shield, is no different. According to Nintendo’s Pokémon Company in a Japanese press release regarding first-week sales (Cheers, ResetEra), Sword and Shield has sold very very well:

The latest series “Pocket Monster Sword” and “Pocket Monster Shield” released at the time (compatible models: Nintendo Switch) recorded sales of 6 million units worldwide during the first week of release around the world. The number of 6 million units sold in the first week is the fastest and highest number of Nintendo Switch software ever. It is also the first in Japan. The number of weekly sales was 2 million, and the Nintendo Switch software was sold in the first week both worldwide and in Japan.

Not bad! Nintendo originally lowballed the expected sales figures for Pokémon Sword and Shield in Japan, estimating that the games would sell just over 1.3 million units in the land of the rising sun. So far, those expectations have been smashed and then some, beating Pokémon Sun’s first week sales in Japan by a tight but definitive margin.

And honestly, I’m not surprised. A more ambitious Pokémon game that can be played on the go or on a TV screen and throws a number of delightful new designs at you? That’s how you write a recipe for success.

Last Updated: November 22, 2019


  1. What is the tl;dr version of Shield vs Sword?


    • The D

      November 21, 2019 at 12:48

      You mean which one to buy? They’re essentially the same game, with exclusive Pokemon per game to encourage trading/buying two games.

      Gameplay-wise, it’s you, catching Pokemon and being the best like no one ever was.


      • Admiral Chief

        November 21, 2019 at 13:07

        Ah, so exclusivity and FOMOnessness, got it


  2. BradeLunner

    November 21, 2019 at 13:53

    Just based on a quick search of total number of switches sold, 6m is a small percentage of that, which is interesting because I thought the main reason to buy a switch (atleast for me) was for a 3D Pokemon game which we’ve wanted since the great Tazo rush of the early 2000s – I miss steers ribs flavored simba chips(excluding the 3DS)


    • Geoffrey Tim

      November 21, 2019 at 14:22

      It’s nearly 15% of the Switch install base, which is pretty big. It’s also only the first week – and Pokemon games tend to have a pretty long tail. It’s completely smashed Switch game sales records, beating uhh..Smash Bros.


      • BradeLunner

        November 22, 2019 at 10:29

        Yea I wasn’t taking a diglet at the numbers, just thinking out loud


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