Nintendo grabs them all: The sales of Pokémon - Sword and Shield break records. According to SuperData, the title was sold around 2.7 million times in the first month alone. With this, the million-seller “Sword and Shield” has the best launch of the Pokémon series in the USA. And worldwide Pokémon - Sword and Shield is many times more successful.


It is difficult to survive against the cuddly pocket monsters. Pokémon - Sword and Shield tops the grandiose ones Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order sales and leaves hits like Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC or Borderlands 3 far behind. Nintendo sold 2.7 million units in the US in the first month alone. 

Mega hit in Japan: 1.36 million games in three days

According to SuperData* Pokémon - Sword and Shield for Nintendo Switch is at the top of the console charts for the month of November. The numbers speak volumes: In addition to the 2.7 million US sales, there are another 2.5 million units sold in Japan.

The sales there in the first three days are particularly impressive: Nintendo sells around 72 million units in 1.36 hours, making Pokémon sword and shield a mega hit. The game for the Nintendo Switch was sold around 6 million times around the world in the week of its release.

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The success does not come as a surprise. Pokémon Sword and Shield is the first really new offshoot in the series for Nintendo Switch. Given the market power of Pokémon, it is not surprising that the title can leave such well-known Nintendo games as Luigi's Mansion 3 or the nostalgic The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening behind.

Great joy: The new Pokémon offshoot washes money into Nintendo's pockets. Image: Nintendo (Youtube)

Great joy: The new Pokémon offshoot washes money into Nintendo's pockets. Image: Nintendo (Youtube)

In the widespread US charts, Pokémon - Sword and Shield for Nintendo Switch ranks in several places - each with the two individual titles Pokémon - Sword and Pokémon - Shield and also with the double pack. 

Pokémon - Sword and Shield has not been consistently well received by critics and gamers. Sometimes some reviews were mixed up. Few innovations, technical weaknesses and the low level of difficulty did not meet with approval from all fans. Overall, Pokémon Sword and Shield is a solid main series offshoot that Nintendo and Gamefreak can build on.



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