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Paper Mario: The Origami King producer believes it's a "necessity" to change the battle system with each installment

New and different at any cost

Recent Paper Mario games have implemented new tweaks and changes to the battle system, making for a unique experience each time around. This isn't just by accident either. In an interview with PCGames, producer Kensuke Tanabe says he finds this approach a necessity.

“Striving to find new and innovative systems is the foundation of the philosophy my team and I are following when developing games. As such, I think it’s a necessity that the combat system changes in every game.”

Animal Crossing: New Horizons becomes Japan's second best-selling game of all-time, new #1 in terms of single SKU sales

Absolutely incredible

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been one of Nintendo's biggest hits in recent years, and it shows no signs of stopping. The game still sits atop the sales charts, especially over in Japan. That's why it's no surprise to see it break yet another record.

According to the latest sales data, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has managed to sell roughly 7,500,000 units in Japan so far. Believe it or not, that makes it the second best-selling game in Japan of all-time. The only games to sell better are Pokemon Red/Green/Blue, which have combined sales of 10,230,000.

Obviously some don't think it's fair to combine SKUs to make for total sales, so here's another tidbit worth pointing out. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now the best-selling single SKU game in Japan, beating the long-standing record of the original Super Mario Bros.!

Image & Form says they "certainly haven't made" their last SteamWorld game, and Switch is part of the plan moving forward

Things are getting steamy

SteamWorld Tower Defense, Dig 1 and 2, Heist, and Quest are all part of the SteamWorld universe. It's been a hugely successful franchise for Image & Form, and you can bet they aren't ready to shelve the series yet. In an interview with Kotaku, CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson had this to say.

“SteamWorld is indeed closely associated with Nintendo, and we certainly haven’t made our last SteamWorld game. Nintendo Switch (and future Nintendo consoles) are natural parts of those plans.”

Multiple first-party Switch games have outsold every PS4 exclusive

Uncharted territory

Here's a little tidbit to put Switch software sales in perspective. There are six different first party games on Switch that have outsold every single PS4 exclusive game since the platform launched. That's not combined sales, but sales for each individual game.

The best-selling PS4 exclusive is Uncharted 4, which moved over 16 million units. Here's the Switch titles that have managed to outsell that PS4 exclusive.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - 26.74 million pcs.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons - 22.40 million pcs.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - 19.99 million pcs.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - 18.60 million pcs.
Pokémon Sword/Pokémon Shield - 18.22 million pcs.
Super Mario Odyssey - 18.06 million pcs.

Obviously impressive figures for all the titles listed above, but the real show-stopper is Animal Crossing: New Horizons. That game managed to outsell Uncharted 4's total lifetime sales in just 3+ months!

Braid: Anniversary Edition announced for Switch, due out 2021

A classic gets remade

Braid is a puzzle-platformer, drawn in a painterly style, where you can manipulate the flow of time in strange and unusual ways. From a house in the city, journey to a series of worlds and solve puzzles to rescue an abducted princess. In each world, you have a different power to affect the way time behaves, and it is time's strangeness that creates the puzzles. The time behaviors include: the ability to rewind, objects that are immune to being rewound, time that is tied to space, parallel realities, time dilation, and perhaps more.

Braid treats your time and attention as precious; there is no filler in this game. Every puzzle shows you something new and interesting about the game world.

Key features:

Forgiving yet challenging gameplay:

Braid is a 2-D platform game where you can never die and never lose. Despite this, Braid is challenging — but the challenge is about solving puzzles, rather than forcing you to replay tricky jumps.

Rich puzzle environment:

Travel through a series of worlds searching for puzzle pieces, then solving puzzles by manipulating time: rewinding, creating parallel universes, setting up pockets of dilated time. The gameplay feels fresh and new; the puzzles are meant to inspire new ways of thinking.

Aesthetic design:

A painterly art style and lush, organic soundtrack complement the unique gameplay.

Nonlinear story:

A nonlinear fiction links the various worlds and provides real-world metaphors for your time manipulations; in turn, your time manipulations are projections of the real-world themes into playful "what-if" universes where consequences can be explored.

Nonlinear gameplay:

The game doesn't force you to solve puzzles in order to proceed. If you can't figure something out, just play onward and return to that puzzle later.

Braid: Anniversary Edition will include a number of changes compared to the original, including new visual tweaks and enhancements, developer commentary, and more. The game is set to launch in 2021. You can read more about what's included in this new Anniversary Edition here.

This week's North American downloads - August 6 (Swimsanity, Banner of the Maid and more)


Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
Swimsanity! – Swimsanity! is a multiplayer underwater shooter with action-packed co-op and versus game modes, all supported by online* and local play. Play as hero Mooba, who uses a variety of unique power ups and weapons to survive in an aquatic world. Whether you’re teaming up with friends to swim into Adventure mode or clashing in competitive matches such as Last Mooba Standing, there are more than 150+ challenges to complete across eight action-packed game modes.

Banner of the Maid – Banner of the Maid is a turn-based strategy game based on an alternative history of the French Revolution. Command the iconic troops of the 18th and 19th century, such as Line Infantry, Skirmisher, Calvary and Artillery, through turn-based strategy combat in reimagined European battlegrounds. Follow the steps of the young officer Pauline Bonaparte as she writes her own heroic story. Banner of the Maid will be available on Aug. 12.

Nintendo Mobile
Dr. Mario World 2.0 Update – Dr. Mario World has received its free version 2.0 update! A new mode, Skill Summit, has been added where Doctors take turns being mentors and holding limited-time summits for players to clear to earn in-game rewards, such as additional Doctor characters. Players will also now receive Dr. Toad automatically when they clear stage 20 and may notice some updated designs to the game’s visuals, including the world map menu and Characters screen.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals available this week at https://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

112th Seed
Aery – Broken Memories
Alphadia Genesis
Arcade Archives Burger Time
City Bus Driving Simulator – Available Aug. 7
Clan N
Crowdy Farm Rush
Cruel Bands Career
Dininho Adventures
Drink More Glurp
Escape From Tethys – Available Aug. 12
Frontline Zed
Instant Sports Summer Games
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth Infinite Combate – Available Aug. 11
KukkoroDays
Memory Lane
Metamorphosis – Available Aug. 12
RogueCube – Available Aug. 7
Spitlings
Time Tenshi
Titan Glory
Twist&Bounce – Available Aug. 10
Ultra Foodmess
Wizards: Wand of Epicosity
Wordify – Available Aug. 7

This week's European downloads - August 6 (Clan N, Drink More Glurp and more)


Nintendo eShop (Switch)

Wizards: Wand of Epicosity (Game Mechanic Studios) - €17.68/£15.79
When the Wizard of Darkness awakened, it was up to one man to defeat him. When that man was accidentally killed by one idiot, Tobuscus (or "person of extremely low intelligence" - gently put), the responsibility of becoming an AWESOME WIZARD fell onto him... by default!

Wizards: Wand of Epicosity is a thrilling, fast paced Tower Defense game with magic, zombies, and a teleporting castle. The Wizard of Darkness sends forth his undead hordes and it is up to you and your allies to defeat them.

Spitlings (HandyGames) - €14.99/£13.49
You know what the problem with multiplayer games is, right? The other players! It’s always THEIR FAULT if you lose! We’ve got the perfect game to blame your friends for their incapability: Spitlings! This chaotic action arcade game for up to four players is a modern take on the hardcore classics. You’re in control of a Spitling, a charming rectangular creature with teeth it can spit or use to jump! Makes no sense? Who cares, it’s FUN!

Spitlings is a cute but hardcore Arcade game that’s made for playing its hundreds of levels locally/online with friends. Keep playing to unlock new music tracks, unique characters to play with and intense visual themes for certain levels.

Skully (Modus Games) - €34.99/£29.99
On a mysterious remote island, a skull washes up on shore and is reawakened by an enigmatic deity. Dubbed Skully, the newly reanimated being has been summoned to intervene in a war between the deity’s three siblings, whose quarrel jeopardizes the island they call home.

Fate has bestowed Skully with a second chance at “life” and his adventure will take him across a strange paradise as he seeks an end to the conflict that plagues the isle.

Mystery Mine (Big Way) - €8.99/£8.09 (€7.19/£6.47 until August 12)
Dynamic adventure in the Mystery Mine: dangerous monsters and bosses, ancient magic and decisions, on which many lives depend! Can the ordinary aborigine save the world

Steam Tactics (Sometimes You) - €9.99/£8.99
Take on a role of a captain of a squad of airship pilots, acquire and upgrade new ships and weapons, level up your crew. The king is gravely ill. The queen wishes to employ your services. You are one of the most renowned mercenary tacticians in the land. Will you answer the kingdom's call?

112th Seed (eastasiasoft) - €4.99/£4.49
In a future where Earth has become uninhabitable and food is so scarce that most of humanity has perished, take the role of a seed that could restore hope! Make your way through the last labs constructed to cultivate a plant species capable of surviving any environment. Solve puzzles, avoid traps, grow plants and find an exit in this casual yet challenging pixel art platformer.

Crowdy Farm Rush (7Levels) - €5.99/£5.49 (€4.79/£4.39 until September 5)
Animals of Crowdy Farm lost their way! Bring them back, rancher, but don’t allow for chaos! Be cautious, so your lazy cows and fast chickens won’t collide. Make dozen of ducks march in a row, gather flock of pigs in safe place and control stubborn donkey! Ensure that farm residents are washed out of mud before they enter the farm, but beware: the coyote is awake. Keep animals away from him!

Clan N (Creamative) - €14.99/£13.49
Clan N is a beat'em up game which combines the classic arcades gameplay with today's modern brawlers. With a fast paced nature, you have to dodge, block and use your light, heavy and special attacks wisely to progress. With an ancient far east theme, you'll get challenged across 7 different levels with many different enemies, Mid/End level bosses and casual mini games integrated into main gameplay.

Titan Glory (Atypical Games) - €4.99/£4.49
Titan Glory is a sci-fi mech combat game with an emphasis on mech and weapon variety, multiple game modes and spectacular combat arenas. In the near future, mech combat sports are all the rage! Various match rules and objectives bring the thrill of the game in glorious skirmishes filled with explosions and projectiles.

Taking part in tournaments and winning matches will earn you valuable credits and ranks. In turn these will give you access to 12 mechs with different weapon loadouts and attributes. For all of them you will have to choose which component to upgrade and where to push your machine to the limits.

Arcade Archives CIRCUS CHARLIE (HAMSTER) - €6.99/£6.29
"CIRCUS CHARLIE" is a scrolling action game released by KONAMI in 1984. The player takes control of a circus clown, CHARLIE, to perform daring circus acts such as jumping through rings of fire and the flying trapeze. Dazzle and amaze the crowd with your perfect performance!

Memory Lane (Playstige Interactive) - €4.99/£4.49
Memory Lane : A game to test your memory skills!

Test your memory to find the pairs cards.
Select from 4 different card sets.
Over 150 different cards to play with.
Unlock new factoids.

Aery - Broken Memories (EpiXR) - €14.99/£14.99
In Aery - Broken Memories you enter the mind of another person in order to bring them back from a coma. Within the other human's mind, you are represented through a little bird that moves smoothly through thoughts, fears, and memories. Your objective is to find memory shards in order to get to know the other person, to progress with the story, and to unlock new, unknown areas of the mind. Experience the feeling of flying, immerse into beautiful and atmospheric landscapes and enjoy the unique storytelling of the game while getting to know a new friend on the fly.

Frontline Zed (Forever Entertainment) - €11.99/£10.79 (€10.79/£9.71 until August 19)
Collect weapons where you can. Manage your time well. Will you spend precious daylight hours repairing your defense, or searching for other survivors to help you fight? The promise of rescue beckons - if you can survive long enough to make it.

Manage your time by day - search for weapons and survivors, or keep your defenses repaired. Hordes of zombies are waiting for your flesh! Will a wood wall stop them?

You should defend your position against the horde by night with maximum attention. Try to survive, fight back with weapon and revel in the carnage with a fully detailed ragdoll and dismemberment system.

Two hours of intense, action-driven gameplay. Can you make it through America and reach a final rescue destination? Gather, ledge zombies and survive!

Cruel Bands Career (indienova) - €3.99/£3.59 (€3.59/£3.23 until August 12)
They are on a secret mission and must face varied audiences and bosses to complete their quest. Cruel Bands Career features highly varied gameplay and a unique art style.

The three-man band is on a secret mission, the only thorn in their side being the constant stream of audience. Keep an eye on the mood of your band members and gain control of the situation by adjusting their on-stage positions and using their abilities.

As you progress, you must choose which abilities to upgrade, or when to sneak into a secret room for a nap or two. But your final goal remains the same, to explore an increasingly dangerous world.

Alphadia Genesis (KEMCO) - €14.99/£13.49 (€13.49/£12.14 until August 7)
Having been at peace for only 15 years since the end of the Energi War, the kingdoms of Archleign and Ghalzabine are once again thrust onto center stage after a murder perpetrated by a clone comes to light.

Hoping the treaty signed to end the use of clones for conventional warfare has not been violated, a joint-investigative team is put together to find out the cause and bring those responsible to justice. However, the adventure appears to be far more volatile than anyone could have first imagined...

Engage in intense 3D turn-based battles with beautifully rendered character visuals, vibrant Energi and Break Skills! Characters outside the party can cooperate in various ways through the use of Assists. Not to mention the rest of the huge content packed in one in the well-known RPG saga, immerse yourself in challenging subquests, arena battles, bosses around the world and more!

Drink More Glurp (Yogscast) - €8.89/£7.99 (€8.00/£7.19 until August 13)
Drink More Glurp is a wacky physics, sports(ish), hot seat, party game set on a distant world where aliens have copied Earth’s summer games and got everything slightly wrong.

Having binge watched broadcasts of Earth TV the aliens are convinced that advertising is the most important part of any sporting event. Sponsors will randomly take control of events and twist them to fit their agenda, leading to a chaotic galactic summer games like no other.

Ultra Foodmess (Silesia Games) - €3.99/£3.59
Experience the food mess! Call your friends to explode, shoot, swing, push, dodge, destroy and, eventually, ruin your friendship.

KukkoroDays (qureate) - €6.59/£5.89
In this love-adventure game set in Akihabara, you can enjoy living together with a lady knight. It's a little serious, a little sad, and a little sexy, but most of all, it's fun!

Piczle Lines DX Bundle (Rainy Frog) - €19.99/£17.99 (€9.99/£8.99 until August 20)
Get over a THOUSAND logic-puzzles worth of Piczle in this Piczle Lines DX super-duper double pack!

Retro Arcade Shooter - Attack from Pluto (Digital Game Group, available August 7) - €5.99

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Myth Infinite Combate (Pqube, available August 7) - €39.99/£34.99
Labyrinth City Orario, where gods live amongst humans and provide them with extraordinary powers. Experience the tale of Bell Cranel, a young boy striving to become a great adventurer, and Aiz Wallenstein, a first-class swordswoman, as their lives become intertwined and decide the fate of all Orario!

RogueCube (Ratalaika Games, available August 7) - €4.99/£4.99
Pick your cube and blast your way to victory in RogueCube. Choose from solo campaign, local multiplayer campaign or local multiplayer competitive modes and duke it out. Can you capture the eight vertices and clear each zone? Jump dodge and shoot your way to victory!

Swimsanity! (Decoy Games, available August 7) - €22.19/£19.99
Swimsanity! is a multiplayer underwater shooter with action-packed Co-Op and Versus game modes, all supported by online and local play. You play as our hero Mooba, who uses a variety of unique power ups and weapons to survive in this aquatic world.

Whether you're teaming up with friends to swim into Adventure mode, or clashing in competitive matches such as Last Mooba Standing, there's more than 150+ challenges to complete across 8 action-packed Game Modes in Swimsanity! All modes can be played online or locally.

City Bus Driving Simulator (BoomBit Games, available August 7) - €11.99/£10.79
In the game you will have to show your ability to navigate through tricky obstacle courses and show your creativity. You have to show your ready to transport your passenger safely and effectively when the time to start your job comes!

It’s important for you to get to the destination on time, but speed is not the only thing you should be concerned about here. Drive fast but remember to also be safe. Try not to make a mistake that will lead to a fatal crash! Show your skills and talent as a pro bus driver!

You will get to drive a large selection of buses – long ones, short ones, small ones, large ones, articulated ones... To spice things up the game also introduces one limo that is as challenging and demanding to drive as any bus. All of the available vehicles are modelled in high quality for increased immersion.

Wordify (Hook Games, available August 7) - €2.99/£2.69 (€0.99/£0.99 until August 28)
Wordify goal - using the given letters, combine them into correct word cross. Exercise your brain playing 250 puzzles, multiple difficulty levels.


Downloadable Content

HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed Supporter Pack (Digital Cybercherries) - €5.99/£5.49

Goonya Fighters (Mutan)
Additional Skin: All Character Skins (Summer Vacation ver.) - €7.99/£7.19
Additional Skin: Free Trial Pack (Masked Fighters ver.) - Free
Additional Skin: Jelly (Summer Vacation ver.) - €0.99/£0.89
Additional Skin: Amoeba mob (Summer Vacation ver.) - €0.99/£0.89
Additional Skin: Pudding (Summer Vacation ver.) - €0.99/£0.89
Additional Skin: Cobra (Summer Vacation ver.) - €0.99/£0.89
Additional Skin: Papyrus (Summer Vacation ver.) - €0.99/£0.89
Additional Skin: Kagero (Summer Vacation ver.) - €0.99/£0.89
Additional Skin: Mash (Summer Vacation ver.) - €0.99/£0.89
Additional Skin: Nyack (Summer Vacation ver.) - €0.99/£0.89

FAIRY TAIL (KOEI TECMO EUROPE)
Season Pass - €59.99/£49.99
Dress-Up Costume Set for 16 Playable Characters - €39.99/£32.99
Anime Final Season Costume Set for 16 Playable Characters - €39.99/£32.99
Special Swimsuit Costume Set for 16 Playable Characters - €39.99/£32.99
Rogue's Costume ''Dress-Up'' - €3.49/£2.89
Sting's Costume ''Dress-Up'' - €3.49/£2.89
Inchiya's Costume ''Dress-Up'' - €3.49/£2.89
Kagura's Costume ''Dress-Up'' - €3.49/£2.89
Sherria's Costume ''Dress-Up'' - €3.49/£2.89
Gildarts's Costume ''Dress-Up'' - €3.49/£2.89
Mirajane's Costume ''Dress-Up'' - €3.49/£2.89
Juvia's Costume ''Dress-Up'' - €3.49/£2.89
Jellal's Costume ''Dress-Up'' - €3.49/£2.89
Gajeel's Costume ''Dress-Up'' - €3.49/£2.89
Laxus's Costume ''Dress-Up'' - €3.49/£2.89
Wendy's Costume ''Dress-Up'' - €3.49/£2.89
Gray's Costume ''Dress-Up'' - €3.49/£2.89
Erza's Costume ''Dress-Up'' - €3.49/£2.89
Lucy's Costume ''Dress-Up'' - €3.49/£2.89
Natsu's Costume ''Dress-Up'' - €3.49/£2.89
Rogue's Costume ''Final Anime Season'' - €3.49/£2.89
Sting's Costume ''Final Anime Season'' - €3.49/£2.89
Inchiya's Costume ''Final Anime Season'' - €3.49/£2.89
Kagura's Costume ''Final Anime Season'' - €3.49/£2.89
Sherria's Costume ''Final Anime Season'' - €3.49/£2.89
Gildarts's Costume ''Final Anime Season'' - €3.49/£2.89
Mirajane's Costume ''Final Anime Season'' - €3.49/£2.89
Juvia's Costume ''Final Anime Season'' - €3.49/£2.89
Jellal's Costume ''Final Anime Season'' - €3.49/£2.89
Gajeel's Costume ''Final Anime Season'' - €3.49/£2.89
Laxus's Costume ''Final Anime Season'' - €3.49/£2.89
Wendy's Costume ''Final Anime Season'' - €3.49/£2.89
Gray's Costume ''Final Anime Season'' - €3.49/£2.89
Erza's Costume ''Final Anime Season'' - €3.49/£2.89
Lucy's Costume ''Final Anime Season'' - €3.49/£2.89
Natsu's Costume ''Final Anime Season'' - €3.49/£2.89
Rogue's Costume ''Special Swimsuit'' - €3.49/£2.89
Sting's Costume ''Special Swimsuit'' - €3.49/£2.89
Inchiya's Costume ''Special Swimsuit'' - €3.49/£2.89
Kagura's Costume ''Special Swimsuit'' - €3.49/£2.89
Sherria's Costume ''Special Swimsuit'' - €3.49/£2.89
Gildarts's Costume ''Special Swimsuit'' - €3.49/£2.89
Mirajane's Costume ''Special Swimsuit'' - €3.49/£2.89
Juvia's Costume ''Special Swimsuit'' - €3.49/£2.89
Jellal's Costume ''Special Swimsuit'' - €3.49/£2.89
Gajeel's Costume ''Special Swimsuit'' - €3.49/£2.89
Laxus's Costume ''Special Swimsuit'' - €3.49/£2.89
Wendy's Costume ''Special Swimsuit'' - €3.49/£2.89
Gray's Costume ''Special Swimsuit'' - €3.49/£2.89
Erza's Costume ''Special Swimsuit'' - €3.49/£2.89
Lucy's Costume ''Special Swimsuit'' - €3.49/£2.89
Natsu's Costume ''Special Swimsuit'' - €3.49/£2.89

WorldNeverland - Elnea Kingdom: Summer Outfit Set (Yano Market) (althi) - €3.29/£2.99


Demos

Hypercharge: Unboxed (Digital Cybercherries)
HYPERCHARGE Unboxed tells the story of Sgt. Max Ammo and his epic mission to defend the HYPER-CORE. Your task is to fulfill his mission and prevent the HYPER-CORE from being destroyed. If it’s destroyed, you can bid farewell to your human friends. They’ll forget about you. It’ll be like you never existed. Do not let that happen. Work together and win, for the future of toys everywhere!

March to a Million (Kairosoft)
Become the boss of a talent agency in this management simulation game. Hire up-and-coming unique talent by advertising and scouting!

Start by deciding on a record company. Give your new artists lessons and steady training, and if they can dazzle the judges in the auditions, they'll get the chance to debut as a professional singer!

Once they've debuted, hold events and jobs around the country, produce albums and have them interact with fans at concerts to raise their popularity! If they get famous, they might even be able to guest star on popular TV shows!

Summer in Mara (Chibig)
Summer in Mara mixes farming, crafting and exploring mechanics in a tropical archipelago with a colorful style and strong narrative. Summer in Mara is a single-player experience in a calm, relaxing environment, with a handmade look and an exciting narrative. You will be Koa, a little adventurer girl who has to explore the world and discover the secrets that the ocean keeps.



Nintendo looking to hire new level designers for 2D action games

2D content incoming!

It's not a surprise to see that Nintendo is looking to create more 2D games, but it's always nice to have an official conformation. That's exactly what Nintendo shared on Twitter today.

Nintendo took to their Japanese Twitter account to recruit some new devs. They're looking specifically for level designers that can work on 2D action games. The image shared shows some of Nintendo's more recent 2D efforts, including Yoshi's Crafted World and Super Mario Maker 2.

With the job listings out in the wild, it's likely some of these projects are already well underway. Who knows, maybe we'll get to hear about one of them soon!

Switch has almost certainly outsold the NES' total install base

All but assured

Today's financial report from Nintendo gave us an update on the total Switch sales worldwide. In almost 3 and a half years, the Switch sits at 61.45 million units sold. The thing is, that figure includes numbers up to June 30th, 2020, but not July 2020. Here's why that's important.

When everything was said and done for the NES, the system managed to sell 61.91 million units worldwide. With the Switch sitting at 61.45 million at the end of June, and the whole month of July unaccounted for, there's pretty much zero doubt the Switch has surpassed the NES. Considering the Switch sold 5.68 million altogether in the last three months, not selling 500k+ in over a month's time seems practically impossible, even when considering shortages.

At this point, I'd say consider the NES dethroned from its sales position as the #2 best-selling Nintendo console. The Switch now sits in that position, and has just the Wii left to tackle.

Pokemon Sword and Shield are now the third best-selling mainline Pokemon game of all-time

Pokemon's still got it!

Pokemon Sword and Shield may have courted some anger when various details were revealed, but it doesn't seem like that backlash hurt sales. According to Nintendo's latest financial report, Pokemon Sword and Shield have sold 18.22 million units worldwide since launch. That makes the pair the third best-selling entry in the mainline franchise. Check out the comparison chart below to see the whole picture.

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