Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! sells over 3 million units worldwide, best debut for Switch game

Yesterday, the early sales report from Famitsu revealed that Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! sold 664 198 units during the first 3 days in Japan (Media Create reported slightly lower sales: 661 240 units). While this is the worst debut for a mainline Pokémon game in quite a while, it’s still a pretty solid performance for various reasons discussed in this post.

And today, The Pokémon Company has announced that Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! has sold over 3 million units worldwide during its launch week (between November 16th and November 18th). While again, this seems to be one of the worst debuts for the series, it’s actually a record… for the Nintendo Switch. Indeed, according to The Pokémon Company, this is no less than the best debut ever for a Nintendo Switch game (of course, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is going to utterly smash this record, next month… pun totally intended).

Unfortunately, The Pokémon Company does not specify whether the 3 million units reported do include digital sales. Since data shared by publishers usually do, it’s probably safe to assume that Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! has indeed sold over 3 million units at retail and via the Nintendo eShop. If not, then that would mean it has sold even more than 3 million units.

Also, based on that data, we can calculate that the game sold about 2.3 million units in Europe and North America combined. Unfortunately, Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of America rarely (if ever) share any concrete data for their own region (we usually have to wait Nintendo’s quarterly financial data reports for any regional data), so there’s no way to see how much the latest Pokémon game actually sold in Europe and North America for now…

Source: The Pokémon Company (Twitter)



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