Nintendo’s latest financial data has revealed Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! has now shifted around 10 million units worldwide. This places these latest entries in the series as the fifth best-selling games on the Nintendo Switch. It's quite an achievement.
As rosy as it might sound for the new Pokémon games, there’s noticeably been a sharp sales dip within Japan based on comparisons made to the sales of previous mainline entries in the series. Pikachu and Eevee have sold just 1.85 million copies in their homeland so far, which equates to around 18.5 percent of worldwide sales. Globally, the latest games are still lagging behind existing releases in terms of overall sales. Here’s how Let’s Go currently compares to existing Pokémon sales in Japan and worldwide:
Game : Sales in Japan / Sales worldwide / Percentage
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl: 5.82 million / 17.67 million / 32.9%
Pokémon Black and White: 5.49 million / 15.64 million / 35.1%
Pokémon X and Y: 4.55 million / 16.37 million / 27.8%
Pokémon Sun and Moon: 3.91 million / 16.14 million / 24.2%
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee: 1.85 million / 10 million / 18.5%
What’s not necessarily in consideration here is the size of the current Switch userbase when making comparisons to past games released on more established systems as well as the short time frame the new games have been available. The fact these newest releases are not being classed as the next mainline entries in the series - even though The Pokémon Company says otherwise - doesn't help, either. Of course, the sales of these new games will no doubt increase over time in Japan and around the world, so be on the lookout for more updates in the future.
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