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Nintendo revealed today that the latest Pokémon games, Scarlet and Violet, collectively sold more than 10 million units in their first three days on the market. It’s the highest sales level for any game on any Nintendo platform, the publisher says. The title may have received some criticism for its presentation, but gamers are buying it in droves.
According to Nintendo, this number includes both physical and digital versions. Generally, Nintendo’s product sales reports do not include digital sales. Just for comparison, PlayStation announced today that God of War Ragnarök, its latest first-party game, sold 5.1 million copies in its first week. It’s the fastest-selling first-party title on the PlayStation, and its numbers are just over half of those of the new Pokémon title.
Scarlet and Violet received criticism from gamers thanks to its mediocre graphics and well-documented bugs. Some have even tried to get refunds for the game, with some apparent success. However, that is unlikely to have a major impact on sales figures of this magnitude.
Sales of the new Pokémon are impressive, but not particularly surprising. Historically, the series sells well: Pokémon Legends: Arceus topped the sales charts last January, despite its release on the 28th of the month. Nintendo also announced that the franchise had sold more than 30 million copies in the 12 months ending March 2022, factoring in Arceus and Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl.
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