PR - Pokemon Sword/Shield Sales Exceed 6 Million Units Worldwide After Massive Launch Weekend

This is the Highest-Grossing Launch Period for Any Pokémon Game in the U.S.

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nintendo of America announced that after selling more than 6 million units worldwide during launch weekend*, the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games are among the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch games of all time. Additionally, the games sold just over 2 million copies in the first two days in the U.S., making it the highest-grossing launch of any Pokémon game.

“This past weekend, millions of people began their Pokémon journeys through the new Galar region,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With such a momentous launch, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield have proven to be two of the must-have games this holiday season.”

Games in the core Pokémon RPG series have sold more than 240 million units** worldwide since launching with the Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version games in 1996.

In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, players embark on a journey through the Galar region, where they’ll catch, battle and trade a variety of Pokémon, meet a memorable cast of characters and unravel the mystery behind the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta. In the Wild Area, which stretches between the Galar region’s different towns and cities, players will explore a vast expanse of untamed wilderness that’s full of Pokémon to battle and catch. By teaming up with three other players locally or online*** in the new multiplayer co-op Max Raid Battles, players will face off against gigantic and super-strong Pokémon known as Dynamax Pokémon.

For more information about Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, visit https://swordshield.pokemon.com/en-us/.

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/.

*Reported sell through according to internal Nintendo sales data; applies to both physical and digital sales.

**Total for titles in the core Pokémon RPG series as of September 2019, according to internal Nintendo sales data.

***Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. This game includes an in-game option to purchase a Nintendo Switch Online membership for users who do not have one. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online


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So this is how the National Dex dies. With thunderous applause.

Thu Nov 21 19 10:48am
Rating: 1

I wasn’t expecting anything to outsell Smash Ultimate, but here we are. Now that there are more consoles out there I wonder how well Breath of the Wild or Mario Odyssey would sell if they were released now? Much love to Pokemon and here’s hoping the next game isn’t as rushed 😅

BotW and Odyssey are still selling really well, BotW especially.

So this is how the National Dex dies. With thunderous applause.

The ability to speak does not make you intelligent.

It's not the National Dex that is the problem. It's the fact that this is a PS2 game.

Mon Nov 25 19 05:34am
Rating: 1

I'm not saying that Sword and Shield look mind-blowing or anything, but you're kidding yourself if you say they look like a PS2 game

Agreed. Yes there are some shit looking trees and a lack of polish but come on people.

A lot of the game looks like Dragon Quest VIII.


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