Pokemon Sword and Shield didn’t exactly have a smooth launch. Fans weren’t happy when developer Game Freak confirmed that the Pokedex would be stripped back for the new Nintendo Switch releases. Things got so bad that Game Freak cancelled its Japanese launch event following backlash from fans. Judging by the latest reports, however, the studio needn’t have worried.
The latest reports from Japan show that Pokemon Sword and Shield are very much on top in the region.
The games have racked up more than 2 million sales in the space of just a few weeks.
According to the Famitsu sales charts (via Gamingbolt), Pokemon Sword and Shield sold around 275,000 units in the last week.
That’s compared to combined PS4 and Nintendo Switch sales of 110,000 for SD Gundam G Generation: Cross Rays in second place.
The next best selling Switch game is Luigi’s Mansion 3 with 26,000 weekly sales and 285,000 lifetime sales.
And Pokemon Sword and Shield aren’t just enjoying success in their native Japan.
In the UK it was revealed that Pokemon Sword and Shield were the third biggest-sellers of the year so far.
The games are also said to have sold around 6 million units in their first weekend on sale.
It’s likely that the new Pokemon games will overtake Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as the best selling Switch games ever.
So much for all that Pokedex controversy!
Pokemon Sword and Shield is also experimenting with limited-time raids, as giant Snorlax joins the mix.
Players will be able to battle against Gigantamax Snorlax in Max Raid battles from now until early January.
“We now know that there are special Snorlax among the Snorlax that you can find living in the Galar region,” reads a Nintendo post.
“These Snorlax are capable of Gigantamaxing! When Gigantamaxed, these special Snorlax gain a different appearance than regular Dynamax Snorlax, and they can also unleash a G-Max Move called G-Max Replenish.”
The Gigantamax Snorlax has a vastly different look to the regular Pocket Monster, largely due to the giant tree growing out of its tummy.