The numbers are in for Pokemon Sword and Shield's debut in Japan, and as you might have expected, the releases went over really well. The games managed to move 1,364,544 retail copies in the first three days of release, with the figure including physical game copies, download cards, and the Pokemon Sword and Shield Double Pack, but not digital sales. Sword and Shield have taken the crown of best opening for a Switch game in Japan, besting Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s 1.23 million units.
When it comes to hardware, 180,136 Switch units were sold between November 11th and 17th, 2019 which is in line with the boost Switch hardware saw when Pokemon: Let’s Go released. With that said, this figure is roughly 100,000 units less than the boost from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.