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

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  1. phillyrider807

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    This isn't good at all. This means that Gamefreak 100% knows they can half ass this series and it means nothing. This was a breaking point in the series. There will never be another pokemon game again with all the pokemon in it because the fanbase just proved that they don't care.

    All this means is Gamefreak will continue to pump out yearly releases with no evolution of the series and continue to make millions from a fanbase that doesn't seem to want or care about the quality of this series.
     
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  2. digipimp75

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    So after all the "Pokemanbabies" crying and bitching, they still bought the game. Awesome.
     
  3. Glitchk0ud1001

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    Somewhere with Princess Unikitty
    So they practically give a Pokemon game for modding,Also NO! I still don't want buy this game.
     
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  4. guisadop

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    Not unexpected, sadly
     
  5. James_

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    Once again, I'm not really that surprised.

    Game Freak better fix their shit up soon though.
     
  6. MiguelinCrafter

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    damn, those poketards really like to suck gamefreak's dick
     
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  7. Nollog

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    The real test will be the next game.

    I know I'm not buying it, so that. 5.99999999 million instead of 6 already.
     
  8. Pipistrele

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    So far, the only thing I see is a bunch of vocal fans collectivelly jerking each other for several months in a row over being upset about a single videogame. Pot kettle black, more or less.

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    Already commented in length on the whole "part of the problem" argument, but Ian from CUPodcast expressed my opinion on the matter in such a perfect way that I couldn't deliver it with words if I wanted to =)

    (rewind to 14:10)
     
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  9. Ominous66521

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    Sore over a children's equivalent of call of duty,with less content than the previous game.Boy,I must be aching all over.My point was that people will praise the game anyway early on since they spent 60$ on it,and then change there minds once the game ages out after a few months.Success financialy doesnt protect the games from criticism.
     
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  10. FAST6191

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    Going with the assumption that it is a sub par effort (not that it has changed much in the past -- Pokemon S&M was probably not all that radically different to pokemon Red) I am curious to see what kind of demographics are buying this game.

    This is the first mega popular piece of Nintendo hardware with a mainline pokemon title since the DS (the Wii did not have anything of great note here after all) so quite a few years at this point (2012 for Black 2 and those were late stage and somewhat ignored) so as well as the usual suspects for such things you probably have a nice line in people introducing games from their childhood to their kids (12 year olds in 1998 are now somewhat into their 30s), those looking for something (anything) for their Switch as it has been a bit of a desert (maybe not Wii or Wii U levels but still not great), the would be boycotters (I still find Valves anti Left 4 Dead 2 thing hilarious here) that abandoned principles and probably some others I am overlooking.

    Doubt I will ever know but something I am pondering never the less.
     
  11. MiguelinCrafter

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    sorry bro but you must be blind if that's all you see

    really? the nes punk? the dick suckening just keeps going
     
  12. Pipistrele

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    I think the answer is as simple as "people who want a new pokemon game with active online community and don't mind looking past its shortcomings", really. Also, those who enjoy the series for some of its more casual aspects - considering how much SnS improved on little things like cooking or playing with your pokemon, that's something that can appeal to children and invested players alike.

    In many regards, I don't even find it that subpar of a game, at least in the eyes of those who approached it with realistic expectations and specific things in mind. There's one common line through many positive reviews - that players just bought it out of stuff like "It's a pokemon game that has <x>, <y> and <z> I may enjoy", and the game delivered to them on all three, which in a way makes it hard to call the game "objectively" bad. Similar with negative criticism, which more often reads less like "This game is bad" and more like "This game doesn't have <n> things I like" - which is also perfectly valid (at least as long as people don't put responsibility for their disappointment on those who enjoy it, like many folks seem to do in the thread). At least that's my takeaway from it.

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    Stop sucking your own dick then, and the problem will resolve itself x)
     
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  13. Ev1l0rd

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    Something something Streisand effect.

    SwShs promotion was probably massively amplified due to the dexit drama.

    I'm not cynical enough to say it's intentional on Game Freaks end, but it probably boosted attention for the game a lot.
     
  14. zoogie

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    Half the Pokemon, twice the money.
    Pokemon fans are loyal troopers.

    And when the inevitable 3rd version drops with the other half of Pokemon, they'll be there to scoop it up and break new sales records again! :ninja:
     
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  15. YukidaruPunch

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    Most people on the industry already know that every vocal minority calling boycott is mostly that: a vocal minority. Negative people on the internet tend to be loud and obnoxious to what they perceive to be a problem - honestly, people in real life are like that, too.

    For every grown-ass adult crying wolf about how they won't buy a game because there are not enough virtual monsters there are hundreds of people who simply don't care. They just wanna play their Pokémon game and have some fun.

    Many devs actually steer away from internet discourse because they know it does not resemble real life and it takes a toll on their mental health. It's not sane.
     
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    Jealous of the Switch's success much or are you just late to the Wii-bashing?

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    Or maybe that you're the one who has lost touch with reality.
     
  17. MikaDubbz

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    I kinda wonder if maybe part of the reason for not having the full pokedex available here is to ease us into a fundamental change for the entire series in the next entries. The most obvious idea here to me would be that maybe the next Pokemon titles are real time fights and not turn-based. If that were the path they chose to go, then there would be a lot of Pokemon to program movement and further fight animations too. And understandably in that case, not all nearly 1000 creatures would be able to make the cut, as that would be unfathomable. And if the next titles are Diamond and Pearl remakes, it would make sense that they'd feel more free to take such a drastic turn for the series. It wouldn't make the choice to not include them all here any less alarming, but it would take away from the blow-back that the next game would have by not having every Pokemon in addition to such a fundamental game change (because you know as it is, that while there are many fans that want to see fights go real-time that many fans would be upset by the change away from turn-based fighting).
     
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    Also, just gonna say Shield is a very fun game and I feel I got my money's worth.

    Since uh, the gameplay loop is pretty good. Kinda do wish that when you pick up items it removed the "new" from the bag though, it just adds another step thats not really needed since item descriptions now show up when you pick up an item.
     
  19. DuoForce

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    Don't worry, modders are gonna fix SwSh
     
  20. Justinde75

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    **Again**

    Its Pokemon. People are just going to buy it up just for being Pokemon. The switch is selling like crazy so when people see a new Pokemon being out they buy it without question
     
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