Nintendo is raking in the dough after the launch of its hotly anticipated Pokemon Sword and Shield games, selling more than six million copies in its first week and becoming the fastest-selling Switch game of all-time.
The game launched on November 15th, and saw the staggering amount of copies sold in the short time following. While both games are “technically” two titles, they’re virtually the same, and it seems that The Pokemon Company is treating them as such. Sword and Shield are the first true Pokemon games developed for a home console, bringing a full RPG experience to television screens. Of course, players are more than able to take their system off the dock and play on the go (which is exactly how I play mine).
The success of the game shouldn’t be a surprise. There’s a huge global appetite for Pokemon games, as players love searching the world for all of the critters and then battling with others. The most recent release before Sword and Shield were Let’s Go: Pikachu! and Let’s Go: Eevee!, which sold 11.28 million copies on the Switch.
The Pokemon Sun and Moon game for the 3DS was previously the group’s fastest-selling game in the Western market, and have moved 16.1 million copies as of press time.
We should keep in mind that the holiday shopping season is just getting underway, so it’s possible that we’ll see Pokemon Sword and Shield sell millions of extra copies during this period. Is it possible that we’ll see 10 million sold by the end of the year?