The Pokémon Sword and Shield have been off to a great start, having sold over 6 million copies in the week since its release. That's according to a tweet from The Pokémon Company, which notes that the numbers make the latest mainline Pokémon installation of the fastest selling Nintendo Switch game of all of the time. (It is worth noting, of course, that Sword and Shield were technically separate releases, though almost identical in content.)
New games of Pokémon are unrelenting manufacturers. The last of all the new releases, Sun and Month for 3DS, sold 16.17 million copies to date according to Nintendo, and they are the fastest selling games on company in the West to release However, it is noteworthy that the 3DS had a much larger base at the time, and the games were sold for a lower price point.
Last year Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! for the Switch, meanwhile, reached 11.28 million copies in total, with Sword and Shield on pace to beat based on first week sales. The Let games are based on the original Game Boy Pokémon games, however, and do not represent a completely new release.
Pokémon has historically been a portable dedicated franchise, and Sword and Shield were released with the launch of the new handheld-only Nintendo Switch Lite, including the special edition Pokémon version. Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa learned of the company's latest earnings with the latest company briefing that Switch Lite was released in conjunction with The Legend of Zelda: Link & # 39; s Awakening another Game Boy remakes that sell well to consumers of the new model.