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    Pokémon Sword & Shield is the biggest launch of a Switch game in Japan

    Pokémon Sword & Shield is the biggest launch of a Switch game in Japan

    As is often the case with the release of a major game, Famitsu unveiled its estimates a few hours ahead of the usual early afternoon rendez-vous. The event in question is of course the release of the tandem Pokémon Sword & Shield that has made the biggest boot of the console.


    By adding boxed sales, Double Pack sales and sales of available download cards on the shelves, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield represent 1,364,544 copies sold in three days in the archipelago. It is unfortunately the purchases made directly on the Nintendo eShop to have the full figure, but it is enough to beat the 1.23 million Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold at the launch of last December and therefore the Game Freak game the new best start of the Switch.

    This episode Switch is however far enough to set a record for the entire Pokémon franchise. It will also be necessary to get up early (and know the dematerialized sales) to fetch the 2.67 million Black & White Pokémon (Nintendo DS, 2010), the 2 million Pokémon X & Y (Nintendo 3DS, 2013) or still the 1.9 million Pokémon Sun & Moon (Nintendo 3DS, 2016). Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will have no difficulty in surpassing the total Pokémon: Let's Go (1.76 million) and this from next week's ranking.

    The Pokémon effect also took place on Switch's sales, for which Famitsu recorded 180,136 console sales between November 11 and 17, with Switch Lite apparently taking a slightly stronger hold on the classic model. The console benefits from an acceleration similar to that caused by Pokémon: Let's Go last year, but not as impressive as the launch week of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which was worth to sell close to 100,000 more copies. Not to question the annual growth of the platform, that goes without saying.

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