The newest Pokémon titles, Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee, released last week worldwide. Sales figures are starting to come in, with Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu reporting a total of 664,198 copies were sold in Japan in the first three days.
New Pokemon games sell 664,198 copies in Japan over first 3 days. That means about 12% of Switch owners in country bought one of the new titles. Not bad number given Switch more expensive than 3DS and new games aren't "core" titles. Source: Famitsu pic.twitter.com/JHcgAYrMDA
— Yuji Nakamura (@ynakamura56) November 21, 2018
While these sales pale in comparison to other Pokémon titles in their first two or three launch days (even with the latest other remake in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire), it should be noted that this game has come earlier into the Nintendo Switch’s lifetime than the likes of, say, Pokémon X and Y did for the Nintendo 3DS. Essentially, there are less people with the Nintendo Switch than people that had the Nintendo 3DS. The attach rate (percentage of people with the console buying the game) is fairly respectable for Pokémon Let’s Go thus far, behind only one of the 3DS titles when compared on that metric.
On the other hand, if these games are not “core” titles, The Pokémon Company did state these are “main series” titles – the distinction in the above tweet is not so clear. The sales are lower when you strictly look at the numbers alone, after all, and the spin-off “argument” has been weakened by the company itself.
We will have to see how the game continues to sell, as well as how it performed outside of Japan. Did you pick up the games already?
Edited by Janna.