Ok, so with Sword/Shield officially announced, it's time to discuss it's potential sales. Now, we all know that no title since the original two generations on the Game Boy has reached the 20m mark, but Sword/Shield are in an interesting point, one no game has been since Diamond/Pearl. It's the first home console (ignore Colisseum/XD/the Switch is a hybrid arguments, you know what I mean), the Switch is selling like hotcakes and will probably do Wii numbers, the Pokemon fanbase has been waiting a lot for it, and the casual market has been drenched in Pokemon goodness since Pokemon Go and spinoffs Let's Go E/P came out. It would be too wild to assume that it will reach the 30m of the original games (let's face it no other game in the series probably will) but 20m seems like a much more manageable goal, especially when games on the Switch like Zelda BotW and Mario odyssey seem to be on their way to reach them.
So the question is simple: What is going to sell better, Pokemon Sword/Shield or Pokemon Gold/Silver?
Why compare it with GS instead of just saying "how much is Sw/Sh going to sell?" Because I think G/S is the most realistic goal it can achieve. If it beats R/B/G, I will have a crow avatar for a whole year.
In this thread I will compare the total and weekly sales of Shield/Sword with the previous games. A couple of things to point out:
-I won't compare remakes, that will get its own thread once it's relevant.
-Likewise, no 3rd version.
-I'm not counting the digital re-release for this comparison, this will only count the original release.
-The database only has sales data from Diamond/Pearl onwards, so unless I can find data about G/S or R/B/G, I won't add them.
We can also make this count a bit funnier and bet where is Sword/Shield going to be in the selling ranking. Just for a reminder:
1º. Pokémon Red / Green / Blue Version 31.37 million (according to VGChartz)
2º. Pokémon Gold/Silver Version 23.10 million (according to VGChartz)
3º. Pokémon Diamond/Pearl Version 17.67 million (according to Nintendo JP)
4º. Pokémon X/Y Version 16.37 million (according to Nintendo JP)*
5º. Pokemon Sun/Moon Version 16.14 million (according to Nintendo JP)*
6º. Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire Version 15.85 million (according to VGChartz)
7º. Pokémon Black/White Version 15.64 million (according to Nintendo JP)
*Maybe this two change positions at some point in time.
You can bet which position will Sword/Shield reach on the ranking, it's been a while since we had a general betting thread. If you wish to do so, please do it by saying the position on the ranking (first, second, third, and so on), because some of the Pokemon games are still selling and that can give problems later down the line.
You know it deserves the GOTY.