Nintendo has released its nine-month earnings report, kindly sharing the latest official sales figures for us to explore, and one game in particular has absolutely blown us away.
It has been confirmed that Pokémon Sword and Shield sold 16.06 million copies between launch day, 15th November 2019, and 31st December 2019 - so around a month and a half. You probably don't need us to tell you that that figure is absolutely monstrous for such a short space of time, but let's compare that to some other games to really analyse just how impressive it is.
For starters, the Switch's evergreen wonder The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has sold 16.34 million copies since launching in March 2017. Pokémon almost beat that total in just 46 days. Sword and Shield is also just one million sales away from catching Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
It's perhaps even more impressive when you look at past Pokémon games, however. It has comfortably outsold Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, which currently has 11.76 million lifetime sales, and is super-close to outselling older titles already. These are official lifetime sales figures of Pokémon's last few generation-introducing games:
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl: 17.67 million
Pokémon X and Y: 16.44 million
Pokémon Sun and Moon: 16.18 million pcs
Pokémon Sword and Shield: 16.06 million* (after one and a half months on sale)
Pokémon Black and White: 15.64 million
As you can see, Sword and Shield has already sold more copies than Pokémon Black and White ever achieved, and it'll soon take over every other game on that list. Amazing.
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