Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, the latest entries in the main series of the Pokémon franchise, have set a new record for the launch of any Pokémon games in history.
Nintendo of America announced today that after selling more than six million units worldwide during its launch weekend, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are among the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch games of all time. In case this distinction isn’t good enough to cause smiles on the faces of fans, the games have also sold over two million copies in the first two days of their US launch, making it the highest-grossing launch of any Pokémon title.
“This past weekend, millions of people began their Pokémon journeys through the new Galar region,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With such a momentous launch, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield have proven to be two of the must-have games this holiday season.”
Games in the core Pokémon RPG series have sold more than 240 million units worldwide since launching with the Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue games in 1996.
In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, players embark on a journey through the Galar region, where they can catch, battle, and trade a variety of Pokémon, meet a memorable cast of characters, and unravel the mystery behind the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta. In the Galar region’s Wild Area, players can explore a vast expanse of untamed wilderness that’s full of Pokémon to battle and catch.
New to the series in Sword and Shield, trainers can team up with three other players locally or online in the new multiplayer co-op Max Raid Battles, facing off against gigantic and super-strong Pokémon known as Dynamax Pokémon.
Pokémon fans looking to get started in Sword and Shield should be sure to check out Gaming Instincts’ Beginner’s Guide to the game, as well as writer Tristan Reye’s first impressions review of the game and its nuances—coming soon.
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