Pokemon Sword and Shield has sold over 6 million copies in a week

By Sherif Saed, Thursday, 21 November 2019 13:13 GMT

Pokemon Sword and Shield is already one of the most successful games in the series.

The Pokemon Company has announced [PDF] that Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield have together sold over 6 million units globally, 2 million of which just in Japan.

Not only does this beat Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s 5 million, it’s over double that of Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee’s 3 million in the first week, and well above Pokemon X and Y’s 4 million.

As the press release notes, this is a new record for Nintendo Switch.

Analyst Daniel Ahmad also points out that, at this rate, Sword and Shield could overtake Let’s Go’s lifetime sales “as early as Q1 2020.”

Interestingly, this is lower than Pokemon Sun and Moon, which sold 7.2 million in its first week on sale. The only caveat is that Sun and Moon launched in a different week in Europe, but week one sales combined are all above Sword and Shield’s.

If you’re playing Sun and Moon yourself, be sure to check out Alex’s great work on recapping all Technical Records, and this guide for where to find every Technical Machine.

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