UK charts: Pokémon Sword and Shield secure “second biggest launch for Pokémon games in UK history”

Pokémon Sword and Shield are now available for Nintendo Switch, and they’re performing exceptionally well in terms of sales on the UK charts. Read on below to learn more:

“Pokémon Sword alone is the UK No.1, and the biggest exclusive game of the year. In fact, Pokémon Sword is the third biggest boxed game launch of 2019, behind FIFA 20 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (which were released on multiple platforms). Pokémon Shield comes in at No.3. To confuse matters, the double pack — Pokémon Sword and Shield: Dual Edition — is listed separately, and arrives at No.7. For the sake of the following analysis, we are going to combine the sales of the three listings (Sword, Shield and Dual Edition). However, as the ‘Dual Edition’ is a bundle of both Sword and Shield, we are putting in brackets what the numbers would be if you counted this version as double (as it includes both games).

“Combined together, the titles have secured the second biggest launch for Pokémon games in UK history, having sold 33% (or 43%) more units than 2010’s Black and White on Nintendo DS. The new games have also sold 53% (or 64.6%) more units at launch than last year’s Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, which were also released on Nintendo Switch. However, they could not topple the success of Pokémon Sun and Moon. Sun and Moon were released during the Pokémon Go phenomenon of 2016 and together they represent the biggest Nintendo launch in the UK (ever). Compared to those 3DS games, Sword and Shield’s debut sales are 39% (or 34.5%) lower.”

Here is the UKIE/GfK Top Ten for the week ending November 16:

Last Week This Week Title
New Release 1 Pokémon Sword
New Release 2 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
New Release 3 Pokémon Shield
1 4 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
3 5 FIFA 20
4 6 Luigi’s Mansion 3
New Release 7 Pokémon Sword & Shield: Dual Edition
2 8 Death Stranding
6 9 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
8 10 Mario & Sonic At The Tokyo Olympic Games 2020

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

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