Pokemon Sword and Shield sell 1.3 million copies in Japan, biggest debut for a Switch title

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    Pokemon Sword and Shield, like most mainline Pokemon games, have had a very successful first few days of release. The pair of games managed to shift 1,364,544 copies within three days after launch in their home country of Japan, dethroning Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's opening week sales record for the Nintendo Switch. This number includes only physical copies, as Media Create, who tracks Japanese game sales, does not count digital sales. Nintendo Switch hardware saw a boost in sales, as well, reaching 180,000 units sold during the launch window for Sword and Shield.

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  1. NoNAND

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    Inb4 it surpasses PS4 sales.
     
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  2. x65943

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    Despite all the complaints about dexit and last gen graphics - the consensus seems to be it's a fun game - which is really all that matters. The sales reflect that.
     
  3. Bedel

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    No, not really... Pokemon are games full of fanboys. That's what the sales reflect, from long ago
     
  4. 8BitWonder

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    Glad to see it's making the sales it deserves and that the backlash was once again from a very vocal minority.
     
  5. ShadowOne333

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    This is why we can't have nice things.
    People just buy shit based on branding, instead of actual quality of the product.

    You herd of Wooloos.
     
  6. ChaosEternal

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    So your theory is that most Pokemon players are masochists who enjoy tormenting themselves by playing subpar games?

    Pretty sure that already happened back in May, lol.
     
  7. x65943

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    The game must have a lot of fanboys. It's topping charts even when counted separately as two games.
     
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  8. James_

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    None of us are really surprised.

    It's Pokemon.
     
  9. dimmidice

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    It is a fun game. But the entire time you're playing you have this nagging feeling "they could've done more". At least that's how it is for me.
     
  10. Retroboy

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    The sales reflect that its a very popular franchise especially in japan.

    But to say really that two games manage to beat sales of one game isnt that impressive really.

    Combining two titles, means they managed to shift just above half a million each.

    Where as other individual games tend to sell a million.
     
  11. codezer0

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    Yeah, i don't buy half assed crap. Probably explains why i haven't touched a Bethesda game in years.

    Only way I'm touching this is if it's either gifted to me or I pirate it. Game Freak has stopped caring about its players years ago, too.
     
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  12. Jiehfeng

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    I want to mention, the Japanese market was unaware of the lies spread by GameFreak, I think this is a substantial reason as to why this succeeded as such.
     
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  13. x65943

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    How can you say they are "unaware"? Do you think the Japanese gaming market is uninformed for some reason??

    The game had a huge opening weekend in the UK as well. Top single plat release this year just counting Sword alone (not even combining sales). Is the UK uninformed?

    Got a source on Japanese being numbskulls :P?
     
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  14. codezer0

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    The only reason other m was considered a success, was because it was the only Metroid entry that sold well in Japan. The guy responsible for the Metroid property after Gunpey Yokoi famously ignores criticisms about the game and fails to see why people have such a huge problem with it, still.
     
  15. x65943

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    A game doing poorly in the West and well in Japan simply means different audiences have different tastes.

    It doesn't make the Japanese uninformed as Jiehfeng claimed.
     
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  16. Jiehfeng

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    Took a while, but found this:

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  17. raxadian

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    Was there some kind of "Switch Lite plus Pokemon game" promo?
     
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  18. x65943

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    Despite the number of upvotes there - it is a conversation between 2 Twitter users. Highly anecdotal and only being upvoted due to dexit hysteria in the pokemon fan base.

    Despite claims all these sales are from pokemon fanboys (by some) - the fanboys seem to be the loudest ones complaining.
     
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  19. James_

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    There is a Pokemon Sw/Sh Switch Lite, and a few stores over here in the UK are bundling Sword or Shield in with the Switch Lite.
     
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