Forums - Sales Discussion - Pokemon Co: Sword/Shield sold through 6 million globally in its first 3 days

Their statement notes that this is the biggest opening for a Switch game to date, surpassing Smash Bros Ultimate

https://www.pokemon.co.jp/corporate/PostImages/b1b2b7b4ea55eef149f2bc849c194eea958c68c6.pdf

https://gonintendo.com/stories/349632-pokemon-sword-and-shield-hit-6-million-copies-sold-in-its-first-w



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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Pokemon X/Y - 4.2m
Pokemon Black & White - ~5.6m
Pokemon Sword & Shield - 6m
Pokemon Sun and Moon - ???M    (2m Japan, 1.5m EU, ??M NA/ROW)

Last edited by Barkley - on 21 November 2019

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just wow....

What's the biggest opening for a home console exclusive game?



polofresco said:
just wow....

What's the biggest opening for an exclusive game?

Pokemon Sun and Moon - 7.2m

Probably this, there might be one higher I'll do some digging lol.



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Barkley said:
polofresco said:
just wow....

What's the biggest opening for an exclusive game?

Pokemon Sun and Moon - 7.2m

Probably this, there might be one higher I'll do some digging lol.

Sun Moon apparently sold through 7.2M by November 30th.



kindark said:
Barkley said:

Pokemon Sun and Moon - 7.2m

Probably this, there might be one higher I'll do some digging lol.

Sun Moon apparently sold through 7.2M by November 30th.

Sun and Moon didn't launch in all regions simultaneously so the 7.2m figure is an estimate taking first week from each region.

NA says "under two weeks" though so it's probably less than 7.2m



Wow, huge opening, wonder how it will perform throughout the holidays!



Barkley said:
kindark said:

Sun Moon apparently sold through 7.2M by November 30th.

Sun and Moon didn't launch in all regions simultaneously so the 7.2m figure is an estimate taking first week from each region.

NA says "under two weeks" though so it's probably less than 7.2m

You comparing 3 day sales to 12 days sales, really?

And Black and White also not a three day sales, one week more in US and Europe.



Barkley said:
kindark said:

Sun Moon apparently sold through 7.2M by November 30th.

Sun and Moon didn't launch in all regions simultaneously so the 7.2m figure is an estimate taking first week from each region.

NA says "under two weeks" though so it's probably less than 7.2m

It's definitely less than 7.2m.

If we go with a dropoff of 75% from week 1 to week 2 for NA, we get roughly 3m first week and 0.7m second week. Remove that 0.7m from the global total of 7.2m and we get 6.5m.

There's another caveat though. In the UK thread about Pokémon sales I spotted the information that Sun/Moon had an unusual Wednesday launch in Europe instead of the usual Friday launch for the region, so in at least one region the first week constitutes two days more than Sword/Shield had.

In any case, we are dealing with a comparison that isn't 1:1, so we won't get around making estimates to get closer to a 1:1 comparison. I'd say Sun/Moon had a bigger opening than Sword/Shield, but ever so slightly.



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