Following its launch on the 15th, Pokémon Sword is currently enjoying being both the best selling game of the week in the UK and the best selling exclusive game of the year.
Pokémon Sword’s sibling game Pokémon Shield is currently sitting at number 3 on the UK charts, with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (which also released on November 15th) stopping the two games from claiming the top spot.
Pokémon Sword and Shield are also available in a Dual Edition pack, which is currently sitting at number 7 on the charts, thus beating out the recently released Death Stranding, which in turn has moved down to number 8.
According to gamesindustry.biz, both Sword and Shield have managed to secure the second biggest launch for Pokémon games in UK history.
The duo (including the Dual Edition of the two games) have managed to shift 43% more physical units than 2010’s Black and White on Nintendo DS and 64.6% more units than 2018’s Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee.
However, despite Sword and Shield’s obvious success, they haven’t managed to sell as many units as Pokémon Sun and Moon did, with the latter holding onto its title as the biggest Nintendo launch in the UK ever.
Pokémon Sword is also currently the third biggest boxed game launch of 2019, following FIFA 20 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. It’s worth nothing that both FIFA 20 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare are multi-platform games, while Sword is a Nintendo Switch exclusive, making this feat all the more impressive.
You can see the UKIE/GfK Top Ten list for the week ending November 16th below:
- (new release) Pokémon Sword
- (new release) Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
- (new release) Pokémon Shield
- (formerly 1st) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
- (formerly 3rd) FIFA 20
- (formerly 4th) Luigi’s Mansion 3
- (new release) Pokémon Sword and Shield: Dual Edition
- (formerly 2nd) Death Stranding
- (formerly 6th) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- (formerly 8th) Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020