It didn’t take long for Nintendo‘s Pokémon Sword and Shield to hit the mark in the UK. Whether they bought the game to see how it faced up against its previous entries or to simply bask at how painfully British the game tried to be, it went strong in the market. All in all, it paid off as Sword and Shield skyrocketed to be the biggest exclusive IP launch this year in the UK. But, that’s not all, now it appears to have already sold 1.36 million units in the first three days in Japan.
The number actually indicates it being the best-selling opening week for a Switch game. As reported by Japanese gaming site Famitsu (via GamingBolt), the report showed it sold 1,364,544 copies, but that didn’t take every copy into consideration. Only physical copies, download cards, and its double pack, which contains both versions in one, were in the report. If it were to include digital downloads, surely, the number would be higher.
This is a big deal, initially, the holder of the best-selling opening week title was Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but with the hype surrounding the games and the controversy, maybe curiosity got the better of some and others didn’t care.
As expressed in the past, Nintendo decided to do away with the National Dex, meaning not all Pokémon would appear or have sprites in Sword and Shield. This irked a portion of Pokémon fans who really enjoyed the dex the way it was and the attack on its missing “gotta catch ’em all” slogan. This wasn’t something they were going to back out on.