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UPDATE:

Now confirmed to be 2 million. Those untracked Nintendo store/Amazon purchases plus digital really added up.

https://www.gamer.ne.jp/news/201911210060/

Shoutout to Marth for the info!

ORIGINAL POST:

According to Famitsu.

This is the biggest launch for a Switch game in Japan to date, topping Smash Bros Ultimate, which previously held the record at 1.24 million. (Again, physical only)

https://nintendoeverything.com/japan-pokemon-sword-shield-sells-1-365-million-copies-in-first-three-days-switch-surpasses-10-million-units-sold/

Last edited by curl-6 - on 21 November 2019

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Even outselling smash‘s FW, impressive if you also consider that digital share among switch games is now higher than a year ago.

The game deserves it, having a blast playing it.



X/Y and Sun/Moon sold around 2.1 and 1.9 million copies at retail, respectively, when they launched. Even with a high digital ratio thanks to the NSO Vouchers, say 30%,, that would still clock Sword/Shield's overall launch total just under 1.8 million.



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Seems a bit low compared to other mainline titles? Even factoring for a high digital ratio.



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PAOerfulone said:
X/Y and Sun/Moon sold around 2.1 and 1.9 million copies at retail, respectively, when they launched. Even with a high digital ratio thanks to the NSO Vouchers, say 30%,, that would still clock Sword/Shield's overall launch total just under 1.8 million.

Famitsu doesn't tracker Amazon neither Nintendo Store. 

Nintendo did claim 10 million in Japan, sold to consumers, three weeks ago. Only now Famitsu reporting same thing. 

And digital ration is a mystery. A higher digital ratio maybe is 50% or more. Only in January, we have known. 

My prediction digital ratio - 350- 600k  in the first week

Last edited by Agente42 - on 20 November 2019

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That's quite a decline on other mainline Pokemon games. Need to see the digital spread. But it's looking like this will be the worst opening of a mainline title in Japan.



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think-man said:
That's quite a decline on other mainline Pokemon games. Need to see the digital spread. But it's looking like this will be the worst opening of a mainline title in Japan.

Even going by physical sales only, it's a bigger opening than Ultra Sun/Moon. Isn't that mainline?



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

curl-6 said:
think-man said:
That's quite a decline on other mainline Pokemon games. Need to see the digital spread. But it's looking like this will be the worst opening of a mainline title in Japan.

Even going by physical sales only, it's a bigger opening than Ultra Sun/Moon. Isn't that mainline?

It's likely bigger than Diamond/Pearl's 1,588,734 first week too.



NateH said:
curl-6 said:

Even going by physical sales only, it's a bigger opening than Ultra Sun/Moon. Isn't that mainline?

It's likely bigger than Diamond/Pearl's 1,588,734 first week too.

Yeah with digital (and Amazon + Nintendo which Famitsu apparently doesn't track) it's almost certainly well above that.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.