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Pokémon Sword/Shield Become Fastest Switch Games to Sell 6 Million Copies

posted on by Alex Mateo
Also break record for Switch game's highest first-week sales

The Pokémon Company announced on Thursday that the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Nintendo Switch role-playing games sold more than six million units worldwide during their first week. Together, Pokémon Sword/Shield broke the records for highest first-week sales of a Switch game and the fastest Switch game to reach 6 million units sold.

The games sold 2 million units in Japan in their first week. Nintendo also announced that the games sold more than 2 million copies in the United States during their first two days, which marks the highest-grossing launch for a Pokémon game in the U.S.

The games shipped worldwide for the Switch on November 15.

The starter Pokémon in the games' new Galar region are Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble. New Legendary Pokémon include Zacian and Zamazenta. Several Pokémon got new Gigantamax forms, including Pikachu, Meowth, Eevee, Charizard, Butterfree, Drednaw, Corviknight, and Alcremie. New features include Dynamax and Max Raid Battles, Gigantamax forms, Poké Jobs, the Battle Stadium, Surprise Trades, and Pokémon Camp.

The Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! games, the franchise's first games for the Nintendo Switch, shipped in November 2018. The games are set in the Kanto region of the first Pokémon games, and are specifically based on 1998's Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition.

Source: Press release (link 2) via Hachima Kikō, Gematsu

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