The latest Nintendo Switch releases Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! appear to have performed reasonably well in the UK charts. According to sales data, Pikachu is the most popular version of the game locally, taking out fourth place, with Eevee following in the sixth spot. These combined sales technically put the new Pokémon entries in the top position, with a total of 116,000 physical copies reportedly sold so far.
Despite this seemingly positive start, compared to the original Sun and Moon games, sales are down by more than 60 percent and are also recorded as being five percent lower than the figures for the 2013 release Pokémon X & Y. Fortunately, it’s not as bad as it sounds, with Game Industry explaining how certain factors need to be taken into consideration. Leading up to the release, the UK had stock issues resulting in fewer than expected units available at launch – ultimately leading to pre-orders not being fulfilled and many other stores selling out of the games completely. At the time of X and Y’s launch, the 3DS also had a much larger install base than the Switch currently does.
Here's a look at how Pokémon: Let’s Go UK launch sales compare to existing releases:
[Week 21, 2009] POKÉMON PLATINUM (NINTENDO) - 59,000 / NEW
[Week 12, 2010] POKÉMON HEARTGOLD / SOULSILVER (NINTENDO) - 90,000 / NEW
[Week 09, 2011] POKÉMON BLACK / WHITE (NINTENDO) ~ 125,000 - 144,000 / NEW
[Week 41, 2012] POKÉMON BLACK 2 / WHITE 2 (NINTENDO) - 62,000 / NEW
[Week 41, 2013] POKÉMON X / Y (NINTENDO) - 124,000 / NEW
[Week 48, 2014] POKÉMON OMEGA RUBY / ALPHA SAPPHIRE (NINTENDO) - 145,000 / NEW
[Week 47, 2016] POKÉMON SUN / MOON (NINTENDO) - 290,000 / NEW
[Week 46, 2017] POKÉMON ULTRA SUN / ULTRA MOON (NINTENDO) - 78,000 / NEW
[Week 46, 2018] POKÉMON LET'S GO, PIKACHU! +POKÉMON LET'S GO, EEVEE! (NINTENDO) - 116,000 / NEW
Over in the US, NPD Analyst Mat Piscatella has said there is plenty of positivity and optimism surrounding the launch of Let’s Go, which is a “bit of a relief” as it is arguably the most important launch of the year for the Switch. These new Pokémon games are also expected to appeal to a much wider audience because of the friendly and accessible design.