Sword Shield

Earlier today, we shared an updated list of Nintendo Switch's top ten best-selling games. Animal Crossing: New Horizons was the standout star of the show, but the update shows that other titles including Pokémon Sword and Shield have also seen a significant boost in sales over the past few months.

The two games, which serve as the eighth generation of mainline entries in the Pokémon franchise, have now reached a combined sales total of 18.22 million units (correct as of June 2020). This new total means that they've now sneaked ahead of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, taking over the honour of being the third-best-selling Pokémon games of all time.

Only the world-dominating Pokémon Red and Blue and their successor Pokémon Gold and Silver have sold more, meaning that Sword and Shield have become the most successful games in the franchise's history since the mighty heights seen around the turn of the millennium. That's a pretty impressive feat.

Game Lifetime Sales (million)
Pokémon Red and Blue/Green 31.38 (source)
Pokémon Gold and Silver 23.10
Pokémon Sword and Shield 18.22
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl 17.67
Pokémon X and Y 16.45
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire 16.22
Pokémon Sun and Moon 16.18
Pokémon Black and White 15.64

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