UK software sales for the week ending Nov. 16th, 2019 (Pokemon Sword & Shield are the biggest exclusive of the year)

A huge opening for Pokemon

The weekly sales for the UK are in, and Pokemon Sword and Shield absolutely killed it. Check out the top 10 sales for the week ending Nov. 16th, 2019 below, and then read up on the specifics of Pokemon's success.

- Pokemon Sword and Shield is the biggest exclusive game of the year
- Pokémon Sword is the third biggest boxed game launch of 2019, behind FIFA 20 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
- Pokémon Sword and Shield: Dual Edition is listed separately, and arrives at No.7
- combined together, Pokemon Sword and Shield have secured the 2nd biggest launch for Pokémon games in UK history
- the games sold 33% (or 43%) more units than 2010's Black and White on Nintendo DS
- the games sold 53% (or 64.6%) more units at launch than last year's Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee
- Pokemon Sun and Moon reign supreme as the biggest Nintendo launch in the UK ever
- compared to Sun and Moon, Sword and Shield's debut sales are 39% (or 34.5%) lower
- UK charts run from Sunday to Saturday, and Sun and Moon launched on a Wednesday, so they had two extra days of sales
- digital downloads are not included in this sales data
- Pokemon Sword & Shield had the third biggest launch for Nintendo in the UK, behind Wii Fit and Pokemon Sun and Moon

Categories: Top Stories, Consoles
Tags: eshop, pokemon, switch


Just goes to show how massive the casual market is. I've been enjoying my time with the game so far, I just wish some of the interactivity features were a bit more intuitive, like being able to interact with players directly in the Wild Area. In the online department at least, I think it's absolutely a step in the right direction.

I'd be very curious to see what proportion of the people with the negative opinions on the game still bought it.

Mon Nov 18 19 05:08am
Rating: 1

Well it's Pokemon on a a hybrid console. Of course it's going to sell. And I am sure most of the negative Nancies got the game(s) already and enjoying it.

Got Shield and just before the second gym.

My biggest pain point is not having a dedicated button to bring up the map. That and I keep hitting + to bring up the menu when it’s supposed to be X.

The UI/UX decisions are poor in my opinion but the gameplay is fun.

I'd say they probably went for a traditional RPG setup where X either brings up the menu or map. Maybe they should have allowed for button layout customisation.

Mon Nov 18 19 09:57am
Rating: 1 (Updated 2 times)

I bought it, I’m having an alright time with it. It definitely isn’t the console Pokemon I’ve wanted since I was a kid, it really does feel like the 3DS games in HD with a half baked open world area. If I hadn’t been keeping up with all the mainline games since Red/Blue I’d probably enjoy it more but it really isn’t an ambitious game even for Pokemon which has been stagnating for some time now. It’s shortcomings are even more apparent when playing it alongside Dragon Quest XI which oozes quality and ambition, from its fully voiced and beautifully animated cutscenes to its expansive world and great story. I’d honestly urge anyone who wants a new Pokemon game and hasn’t played DQXI yet to spring for that instead; it shares a lot of similarities with Pokemon but does a much much better job of being a modern JRPG. Sword and Shield feel stuck in the past, which could be a positive for some but not so much for me. It’s definitely not bad, but it could (and should) have been so much more.

Mon Nov 18 19 01:07pm
Rating: 1

Your little review just confirms all the things I was worried about. And as I've already been playing DQ11, I think I'd be setting my self up for disappointment with Sword/Shield, especially since the last several have been mildly disappointing. I think I'll just keep enjoying DQ11.


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