Pokemon Sword and Shield reach 6 million sales worldwide, highest-grossing Pokemon launch in USA

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    Just yesterday, the initial sales numbers were in, for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield showing that the pair had sold 1.3 million copies in their first three days of launch in Japan. While those numbers alone already broke a sales record for the best opening week for a game on the Nintendo Switch, Sword and Shield aren't done yet. The Pokemon Company has announced that in the United States, over 2 million copies were sold during the weekend, marking the highest-grossing launch of any Pokemon game. As of today, Sword and Shield have sold 6 million units worldwide, with the massive sales figure taking both physical and digital sales into account. This puts the eighth generation of Pokemon games ahead of 2013's Pokemon X and Y, which sold four million copies in its first week, and just a bit below Sun and Moon's highly successful launch week sales of 7.2 million.

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  1. Skelletonike

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    Nice, this is pretty good considered all the needless bashing the game is receiving lately.
     
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    This is NOT good, this means they will be even more lazy with the next game because they know people don't care.
     
  3. x65943

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    The hate train is incoming.

    If you guys don't like the game don't buy it. Let people enjoy what they want.

    Flame and rage won't bring back the national dex.
     
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    Maybe if I yell loud enough they'll bring back the Battle Frontier :cry::cry::cry:
     
  5. warweeny

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    But hacks and emulators will.
     
  6. WeedZ

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    Hey, you sellout to a grossly underpowered piece of hardware because it has some gimmick, you get under-performing games.
     
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    I'm actually finding this game pretty good. So far the game is way better than Sun and Moon, not to mention that Dynamax is actually pretty fun once you give it a try. I honestly couldn't care any less about National Pokedex, people need to grow up, it's just a game.
     
  8. Something whatever

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    in its core, its pokemon. Even tho it took many steps down. yes I bitched but aslo having fun...hate myself
    They are not going to ptach or add anything. Just going to make Sh/SW 2 and make us pay $60 for *improvements*
     
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    Just like fallout 4,it will have a honeymoon phase for some fans,and then they will change there minds later.
     
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    Gamfreak:No you love the boring as hell and cheap battle tower at the end of the game.
     
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    Called it.

    I knew the nontroversies wouldn't slow down the sale of the first real switch Pokemon and it is a pretty good game in itself. Give GTS tho.

    ^ The sore loser approach to being wrong about how successful SwSh would be.
     
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    YOU don't care about national dex, and seeing the outrage online, you are one of the few and are part of the problem.
     
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    It was pretty much guaranteed to sell well, it's a mediocre game, but it's still Pokémon.

    It'll probably beat out Ultimate in terms of sales.
     
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    Proof positive that stupid people make my life worse with their purchasing decisions.
     
  15. ShadowOne333

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    Fucking disgusting.
    I lost my fate in humanity.

    I hope a WWIII occurs to cleanse the Earth of these foul and mindless sheeps :^}
     
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  16. Rahkeesh

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    The dex couldn't even begin to be an issue until Home arrives. Most people will be done with Sw/Sh by then. You can't realistically expect them to care.
     
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    Two things, first: WHAT THE FUCK
    Secondly, at this rate it's gonna beat Ultimate in no time flat.

    — Posts automatically merged - Please don't double post! —

    Also hot take here: I like this game
    And saying this as someone who was already multitasking 3 RPGs, not including Shenmue 3 which I'll dump 100 hours into.
     
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    Picked it up at launch and sitting at around 60 hours play time, no regrets here. It's Pokemon as Pokemon always is: more Pokemon. It ain't perfect, but what Pokemon game honestly is? lol
     
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    I'm not crazy about Pokémon but I love Game Freak's catalog, style and creativity. Drill Dozer, HarmoKnight, Jerry Boy 2, Tembo and Pocket Card Jockey are all games that range from great to excellent. I wish them all the best.

    Great for the developers on the success, but I really do hope Nintendo and The Pokémon Company give them more time for development on their next game. I'm not following news on the game (and don't plan to) but it's plain to see they were given a somewhat rushed schedule. Early Pokémon games were given very generous development times - spanning almost six years (!) from conception to release on the first one and three and a half years on development of Gold and Silver. This strive towards rushness is not good for productivity and development and it shows.
     
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