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Week ending November 16: Pokemon!!!!

4 SKUs: Sword, Shield, SteelbookTM double pack, regular double pack

  • Sword: 32k
  • Shield: 26k
  • SteelbookTM double pack: 19k
  • Regular double pack: 3k

Double the double packs and add it all up is...

102,000



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Wow, that is a hell of a lot of Pokemon!

This really puts the NPD charts in perspective. According to these numbers Pokemon is outselling CoD and it's not even close. But when the NPD reports the top game of 2019, I'm almost certain it will be CoD. The NPD combines PS4 and XB1 numbers for COD and also adds in digital. With Pokemon they break Sword and Shield into two games and they don't include digital numbers. So, they are going to report CoD as #1 again, but in reality Pokemon is blowing it out of the water.



I'd say well over half of Xbox/PS4 sales are digital these days, so I'm not sure Pokemon is ahead. I can't find the file now, but a while back I compared Media Create's physical sales to some digital sales Nintendo announced in Japan, and found about 1/5 of copies sold were digital. It seems Nintendo fans love their physical media, so even if digital is included it wouldn't nudge the total sales up much.



Mr_Destiny said:

Week ending November 16: Pokemon!!!!

4 SKUs: Sword, Shield, SteelbookTM double pack, regular double pack

  • Sword: 32k
  • Shield: 26k
  • SteelbookTM double pack: 19k
  • Regular double pack: 3k

Double the double packs and add it all up is...

102,000

Nintendo reported >2.0M sell-through (physical+digital, two days, through 11/16).  So that's the same time-frame as your reporting.

So in the instance of Pokemon Sword & Shield, your data represented ~5% of total US sell-through.  Cool to know!  But we cannot use that to extrapolate for others of course.



Mr_Destiny said:
I'd say well over half of Xbox/PS4 sales are digital these days, so I'm not sure Pokemon is ahead. I can't find the file now, but a while back I compared Media Create's physical sales to some digital sales Nintendo announced in Japan, and found about 1/5 of copies sold were digital. It seems Nintendo fans love their physical media, so even if digital is included it wouldn't nudge the total sales up much.

Just going by the numbers you posted, CoD sold 43.3k during launch week (PS4+XB1).  So even if you double that to 86.6k that is still less than the Sword/Shield number of 102k (and we aren't even adding any digital to Sword/Shield).  But NPD breaks up Sword/Shield into 2 SKU's.  So each SKU will only sell approximately 51K.  NPD combines the CoD numbers between 2 platforms but it breaks up Pokemon instead of combining it.  Pokemon is outselling CoD both individually and combined, but NPD still does whatever they can to make CoD come out on top in the rankings.  (This is all assuming your numbers are a decent representation of nationwide sales.)



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Week ending 11-23:

Jedi: Fallen Order (week 1):

  • PS4: 10,400 (standard), 1,900 (limited)
  • XB1: 6,600 (standard), 1,300 (limited), 300 (XB1S bundle), 200 (XB1X bundle)

Pokemon Sword & Shield (week 2):

  • Sword: 23,600
  • Shield: 17,300
  • Steelbook double pack: 6,100
  • Standard double pack: 1,600

Death Stranding (week 3): 1,500

Luigi's Mansion 3 (week 4): 9,800

Ring Fit Adventure (week 5): 2,200

Link's Awakening (week 10): 2,300

Splatoon 2:

  • 1,100 (standard edition), 100 (strategy guide bundle)

Astral Chain (week 13): 200



Looking forward to Black Friday numbers.  Hope you can take a glimpse at some of NSW's evergreens!



Mr_Destiny said:
mZuzek said:

This hurts my soul.

Hey, it reached #9 on the NPD, and that's without digital sales. I think that's Platinum's best showing on a Nintendo system, so there's reason to be hopeful.

About that:

Code Vein

  • w/e 9-28 (week 1): 200 PS, 30 XB

It reached #8 on September's NPD, but NPD does include digital sales for PS4 and XBO, so that would explain the big discrepancy. Still, that's seemingly a pretty huge difference.


DQ11 Switch

  • w/e 9-28 (week 1): 1600

Maybe with digital sales it did well enough, but Dragon Quest always seems to struggle a bit in the west.
It didn't get into the Top 20 on NPD, and was #7 among Nintendo games. I don't think they should try to 'westernize' the series, but maybe they could try to stand out a bit with an eye-catching presentation similar to Persona 5.

Last edited by Hiku - on 28 November 2019

Week ending 11-30 (Black Friday):

  • Final Fantasy XII (Switch) (60% off): 3900
  • Super Mario Odyssey (50% off): 30,600
  • Mario Kart 8 (full price, I think): 16,800
    • Plus 73,700 console bundles
  • Mario + Rabbids (50% off): 19,900
  • Astral Chain (full price): 800 (week 14)
  • Zelda: BotW (50% off): 58,900
  • Splatoon 2 (both SKUs, full price I think): 4600
  • Pokemon Sword & Shield (full price), counting double packs as 2 games: 79,900 (week 3)
    • Sword: 30,700
    • Shield: 20,000
    • Regular double pack: 2800
    • Steelbook double pack: 6800
  • Luigi's Mansion 3 (full price): 24,900 (week 5)
  • Dragon Quest XI Switch (full price): 800 (week 10)

EDIT: Yes, I somehow forgot to check Smash Bros. Sue me.

Last edited by Mr_Destiny - on 07 December 2019

Wow! MK8D w/bundles moved almost as many units as Pokemon' launch week.

Pokemon itself has some 2.3x it's launch week.

And BOTW LOL. That number is higher than some launches.

First major discount since release and Nintendo underestimated stock I think. It blew up to #1 on Amazon Best Sellers and then ran out of stock mid-Friday and tanked. Ran out of stock again this week as well.