The latest entry in the Pokemon series, Pokemon Sword and Shield has managed to top 6 million units sold worldwide, and thus making it the highest-grossing launch period for any Pokemon game in the US.
For many fans, Pokemon Sword and Shield is a black mark on the Pokemon series following GameFreak’s cutting of the National Dex, and other controversies that have surrounded the title since it was announced.
According to Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, “This past weekend, millions of people began their Pokemon journeys through the new Galar region. With such a momentous launch, Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield have proven to be two of the must-have games this holiday season.”
True to Chavez’s words, Pokemon Sword, Shield, and their bundled version sat at the top of the UK sales charts in their weekend debut, marking the second best Pokemon debut in series history. The core games in the Pokemon series have sold more than 240 million units worldwide as of September 2019.
As sales start to ramp up before Christmas, those numbers are only expected to grow.