Pokémon Sword and Shield Overcomes Controversy to Become the Fastest-Selling Switch Game Ever

Highlights
  • Pokemon Sword and Shield sold 6 million copies worldwide
  • 2 million copies were sold on the first day alone
  • This blows awat sales of Ultimate that sold 3 million copies in 11 days

Many longtime members of the Pokémon community called it the worst controversy ever. It’s the “angriest I’ve ever seen the Pokémon community,” said YouTuber TheJWittz. The outrage started this past summer when it was announced for the first time in the series, most of the past Pokémon wouldn’t return in the first home console release of the series. The furor started at E3 in June, and lasted all the way through the release of Pokémon Sword and Shield last week.

But here’s some breaking news: Most Pokémon players are content to simply catch more new cute monsters.

Nintendo announced that Sword and Shield sold 6 million copies worldwide on its first weekend, 2 million on the first day alone, making it the highest-grossing launch for the 23-year-old series. This blows away sales by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which moved 3 million copies in 11 days.

The highest-grossing launch statistic is likely due to the fact these are Switch games, $20 more expensive than Pokémon games on the Nintendo 3DS.