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'Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!' And 'Eevee!' Smash Nintendo Switch Sales Records

'Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!' And 'Eevee!' Smash Nintendo Switch Sales Records

Nintendo Switch sales records have been well and truly broken thanks to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.

Both titles, which together topped the latest UK Charts, have managed to sell over three million copies in just one week.

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Not only have they raked in a load of money for Nintendo, but this achievement has pushed the Pokémon retelling to become the fastest selling Switch game since the console released in March, 2017.

Three million may seems like one big, pointless figure, but in comparison to the highly-rated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - which sold 1.3 million copies in 28 days - it's quite the feat [via IGN].

Super Mario Odyssey came a lot closer, but still wasn't as popular as the two Pokémon games. It hit the two million sales mark in just three days, falling just short of three million within its first week.

(And yes, it's worth remembering that many more Switch consoles have been sold since the release of those two 2017 titles.)

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The new record is even more impressive when you remember that both Let's Go releases are pretty much revised versions of Pokémon Yellow with a splash of Pokémon GO stirred in. You sure do love an HD revisit, with added mobile mechanics.


As you can see above, kinda, The Pokémon Company first tweeted about their success earlier today. Here's a quick (rough) Twitter translation of the post:

Thanks to everyone who is playing the release of the first week of the world's total number of sales to achieve 3 million :tada: Nintendo as Switch software, it seems to have updated the world's highest sales number of the first week of release! I #ピカブイ will tell you the charm of the future to be able to play to more people.

We think the last part means, "we hope more people will play Let's Go in the future" (?) - and I should hope so, too. Three million sales is pretty damn impressive, but there's around 22 million Switch units in the world (ones that have been shipped, anyway); plenty of players and time for the new releases to smash more records.

Have you played Let's Go yet? Will you? Would you rather play an original Pokémon game? Make sure you let us know.

Featured Image Credit: Nintendo/The Pokémon Company

Topics: Entertainment, Pikachu, pokemon, Nintendo Switch, Sales, Technology

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.