Nintendo latest income reports show that Pokémon Sword & Shield has sold over 20 million units, making it the best-selling Pokémon game since Gold & Silver, and the first game since this generation to surpass 20 million copies sold . As indicated by Serbian, Pokémon Sword & Shield has now sold 20.35 million units, of which 1.3 million were sold in the last 3 months (Q3 2020). These numbers make it the first Pokémon game to hit over 20 million copies since Gold & Silver, which sold 23.73 million copies after its launch in 1999. It is also the third-largest Pokémon game. best-selling ever, behind Gold & Silver and Red / Vert bleu.
Since Gold & Silver, Pokémon sales have remained largely consistent – at least as far as the initial game launched a generation ago – but all have sold in the 15 to 17 million region. The enormous popularity of Sword & Shield therefore marks a historic game for the series. No doubt such figures are in part due to the mass popularity of the Nintendo Switch itself, which has now Nintendo 3DS eclipsed sales. In addition to being the third best-selling Pokémon game, Sword & Shield is the 5th best-selling game on Switch. He is only surpassed by Breath of the Wild (21.45m), Super Smash bros. Ultimate (22.85m), Animal Crossing: New Horizons (31.18m) and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (33.41m). We have more news from Nintendo’s latest reports: Nintendo Switch Lite set to surpass lifetime Wii U sales, and there is no plans for a new switch model anytime soon.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK news and entertainment editor.