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Switch spiked to 180k units sold for the week it may be another 500k week for the platform.



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Awesome numbers for Pokemon and the Switch! Animal crossing have a chance to beat that record.



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Wyrdness said:
Switch spiked to 180k units sold for the week it may be another 500k week for the platform.

Considering it was at 375k the week before Pokemon, the 90k boost in Japan alone already takes it to 465k; a 500k plus week is all but guaranteed with the Pokemon boost elsewhere.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series X 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?

Ultra Sun/Moon are updated versions of Sun/Moon. Not really comparable. 



think-man said:
curl-6 said:

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

Ultra Sun/Moon are updated versions of Sun/Moon. Not really comparable. 

Would Diamond/Pearl be comparable? Just 20% digital sales would put Sword/Shield above D/P.



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

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It's OK by Pokemon standards but it's definitely a step down compared to the new mainline releases for the 3DS at the time even if slightly as others pointed out ...



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.

According to the chartz it opened on 1.64 million 



think-man said:
NateH said:

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

According to the chartz it opened on 1.64 million 

Just going by this: https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon_Diamond_and_Pearl_Versions#Japanese_sales



fatslob-:O said:
It's OK by Pokemon standards but it's definitely a step down compared to the new mainline releases for the 3DS at the time even if slightly as others pointed out ...

Not really comparable just like that since 3DS as well as DS had much larger install base at the time of respective mainline releases. 

A better picture would be to calculate attach rate based on install base of each title. I don’t think Sword and Shield had a weaker opening considering. 

EDIT:

Found this number on Twitter not sure if correct but if then say Sun/Moon did 1.9m on 22m installed, meaning if you calculate up for S/S from 1.36 on 10m install base to 22m install base you would get a equivalent amount of 2.72m copies for S/S.

So beating Sun/Moon even by far

Last edited by andisart - on 20 November 2019

andisart said:

Not really comparable just like that since 3DS as well as DS had much larger install base at the time of respective mainline releases. 

A better picture would be to calculate attach rate based on install base of each title. I don’t think Sword and Shield had a weaker opening considering. 

Install base is a function with respect to the # of system sellers and is not strongly correlated to the first week sales performance of separate games ... 

3DS's larger install base was mostly down to getting Animal Crossing and Monster Hunter before a mainline Pokemon entry appeared ...