Pokémon Sword And Shield Sales Exceed 6 Million Copies On Launch Weekend

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Nintendo has revealed that Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield have sold more than six million copies worldwide on launch weekend.

That has seen the Galar region adventures become the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch games of all time, and the highest-grossing launch for any Pokémon game in the United States – after selling more than two million copies in two days.

“This past weekend, millions of people began their Pokémon journeys through the new Galar region,” explains Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, Nick Chavez.

“With such a momentous launch, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield have proven to be two of the must-have games this holiday season.”

The games in the core Pokémon RPG series have sold more than 240 million units worldwide, since Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue launched in 1996.

In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, you will choose between three starter Pokémon – Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble – before having the chance to explore the Galar region – with its idyllic countryside, contemporary cities, thick forests, and craggy, snow-covered mountains. Challenging the Gyms in the region, you will once again look to become Champion.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are now available exclusively for Nintendo Switch worldwide.

Alex Seedhouse
After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.