The joint launch of Pokemon Sword and Shield in Japan marks the best open week of a switch game in Japan, surpassing Smash Bros.ultimate open week sales.
According to Japan’s “Famitsu” magazine (translated by Gematsu), Pokemon Sword and Shield sold a total of 1,364,454 retail copies in Japan within three days. This includes physical game sales, download cards, and double packs that include both games. Digital sales are not included.
Former record holder Super Smash Bros.Ultimate sold 1.23 million units in Japan for the first week.
Gematsu also pointed out that Nintendo’s switch hardware sales saw an upgrade from the Pokemon Sword and Shield, which is comparable to the upgrade of Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee last year. Last week, Switch and Switch Lite systems sold 180,136 units in Japan. Although this was before the release of Pokemon, the total sales of this console recently exceeded the 10 million sales milestone in japan.
Nintendo’s sales in the UK have also seen similar growth, with the launch of the Pokemon Sword and Shield, which increased hardware sales by more than 30% during the game release.