Spain : Pokémon Sword/Shield doubles Let's Go launch and comfortably becomes the #2 launch of 2019 with more than 120,000 copies sold [+ full TOP 20]

Lelouch0612

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- Pokemon Sword/Shield easily becomes the best Switch launch in Spain with 129,100 units sold [Double pack counted as 2 copies], previous record-holder was Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee with 64,000 units sold.
- It also becomes the #2 best launch of the year, above KH3 (59,000) and Call of Duty Modern Warfare (49,650) but below FIFA 2020 (220,000)
- The split is the following : Pokémon Sword: 71.600 units ; Pokémon Shield: 46.300 units ; Pokémon Double Pack: 5600 units

- Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order launches at #2 on PS4 (with 15,250 units sold) and #10 on XB1 with 2,050 units sold.
- The PS4 version becomes the #15 launch of the year.
- Battlefront 2 opened at 20,000 but expectations were higher on that one. Legs should be good for Fallen Order too.

- Switch continues to rise week over week with 6750 units sold (including 3700 Lite of which 1800 are the Pokemon model).

Source : https://vandal.elespanol.com/noticia/1350729380/pokemon-espada-y-escudo-arrasa-en-espana-con-mas-de-120000-unidades-vendidas/

[BONUS] Top 20 retail launch of 2019 :
  1. [PS4] FIFA 20 : 220,000
  2. [NSW] Pokémon Sword/Shield : 129,100
  3. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts 3 : 59,000
  4. [PS4] Call of Duty: Modern Warfare : 49,650
  5. [NSW] Zelda : Link's Awakening : 47,500
  6. [PS4] Resident Evil 2 Remake : 33,000
  7. [NSW] Super Mario Maker 2 : 30,400
  8. [NSW] Luigi's Mansion 3 : 29,000
  9. [PS4] Days Gone : 26,600
  10. [PS4] Death Stranding : 23,300
  11. [PS4] Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled : 20,600
  12. [NSW] Fire Emblem Three Houses : 19,500
  13. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe : 18,800
  14. [PS4] Fortnite Darkfire Bundle : 16,000
  15. [PS4] Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order : 15,250
  16. [PS4] MediEvil : 15,160
  17. [PS4] eFootball PES 2020 : 14,300
  18. [PS4] Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice : 14,000
  19. [NSW] Astral Chain : 13,000
  20. [XB1] FIFA 20 : 11,500
 
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This game utterly dominated sales charts worldwide beyond a level that even i was prepared for (and I was very bullish on its sales potential to begin with).
 

Zedark

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Oh lol, they counted the double pack as one sale in the article. 129k is great, strong performance. Hardware isn't as big as I had expected, though.
 

Tibarn

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Spain still rules for that Astral Chain launch
Yep I'm surprised too but I've noticed that lots of friends have bought the game so it makes sense. The list also shows how poor is XB doing here, FIFA (and football in general) is the biggest thing in Spain, most people are obsessed with it to a degree and the others watch it "because it's what all my friends do", so that a football game sold less than "niche" games like AC or Sekiro means that the platform is owned by only a few people. I mean, I don't give a fuck about football, but all my friends who don't give a fuck about videogames (and some that play often) have the latest FIFA game.
 

Glio

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I only know one person who was a regular buyer of Pokémon that has not bought Sw / Sh for Dexit, the rest we are playing all in addition to people who had not played Pokémon in a long time.
 

z0m3le

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Switch is really making a run for that 100 Million Switch sales, strong numbers for Spain, what is the total install base there? It was around 300k back in January 2018 iirc.
I knew two who said they were going to sit Sw/Sh out to vote with their wallets, and
Then they bought it.
Gamefreak puts out a pokemon game every year, they introduced a whole new engine, controllable camera, moved away from a grid system and variable terrain. Honestly, Gamefreak wasn't lazy with Sw/Sh, they were just not giving themselves enough time. Had they not have done Ultra S/M, the game would probably be a lot more polished, but when you are dropping a new 10M+ seller every year, you can't give everyone what they want.

As for your friends dropping their boycott, yeah with sales like these, it's happening everywhere. I am interested to hear about what everyone thinks about this game by the end of the year tbh.
 

DPT120

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Huh, thought they would be pretty even. I didn't expect Sword to outsell Shield.
 
Jul 28, 2019
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Switch is really making a run for that 100 Million Switch sales, strong numbers for Spain, what is the total install base there? It was around 300k back in January 2018 iirc.

Gamefreak puts out a pokemon game every year, they introduced a whole new engine, controllable camera, moved away from a grid system and variable terrain. Honestly, Gamefreak wasn't lazy with Sw/Sh, they were just not giving themselves enough time. Had they not have done Ultra S/M, the game would probably be a lot more polished, but when you are dropping a new 10M+ seller every year, you can't give everyone what they want.

As for your friends dropping their boycott, yeah with sales like these, it's happening everywhere. I am interested to hear about what everyone thinks about this game by the end of the year tbh.
I know one of them actually really likes it (haven’t had the chance to talk to the other one yet). In general reception and word of mouth from those who’ve actually played it is positive.
 

z0m3le

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I know one of them actually really likes it (haven’t had the chance to talk to the other one yet). In general reception and word of mouth from those who’ve actually played it is positive.
Nice, yeah I'm wanting to buy it. Haven't been able to get into any Pokemon games since Red, but I bought X/Y, somehow this one seems much more interesting, I think it's the wilds section that caught my eye.
Sword has been murdering shield pretty much everywhere, don't know close or far the past gens were but this one is a bit lopsided in sword's favor.
I mean it's entirely the name. Swords are cooler than Shields, they are an active item, unless you're captain america, a shield is a passive one which mentally makes it less compelling for a video game/entertainment.
 

Zedark

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Nice, yeah I'm wanting to buy it. Haven't been able to get into any Pokemon games since Red, but I bought X/Y, somehow this one seems much more interesting, I think it's the wilds section that caught my eye.
If your main complaint with the franchise was one of the following two reasons (or both of them), then Sword Shield could be the game for you to restart the franchise:
1. I want to walk around and see Pokémon I haven't seen before pop up and then try to catch them.
2. I didn't like the drag of having only one Pokémon gain experience, and needing to balance them at every point in the game.

These are the two main points that Sword Shield address (solution for (1) is the Wild Area, solution for (2) is universal Exp Share), and it's why I love them so much myself.
 

z0m3le

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If your main complaint with the franchise was one of the following two reasons (or both of them), then Sword Shield could be the game for you to restart the franchise:
1. I want to walk around and see Pokémon I haven't seen before pop up and then try to catch them.
2. I didn't like the drag of having only one Pokémon gain experience, and needing to balance them at every point in the game.

These are the two main points that Sword Shield address (solution for (1) is the Wild Area, solution for (2) is universal Exp Share), and it's why I love them so much myself.
Yeah those bothered me, but my biggest complaint is moving on a grid in 3D, "exploring" where you just follow a straight path. It all just doesn't work for me.
 

Zedark

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Yeah those bothered me, but my biggest complaint is moving on a grid in 3D, "exploring" where you just follow a straight path. It all just doesn't work for me.
This game has a mix of those: The routes in between towns are very linear, but the Wild Area provides the non-linearity and explorability (although mostly in terms of finding new Pokémon).
 

Glio

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Oct 27, 2017
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I have Shield but I fully understand that for most people a sword is more attractive than a shield.
 

Menx64

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Astral Chain love from Spain Nice!

I hope it did well in many other places. Platinum deserves all the success they can get.

Pokemon of course is a beat.

Hats off to you Spain! (Unless you support VOx)
 
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BONUS bis : Switch top 10 launch in Spain

  1. Pokémon Sword/Shield (2019) : 129,100
  2. Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee (2018) : 64,000
  3. Super Smash Bros Ultimate (2018) : 61,000
  4. Super Mario Odyssey (2017) : 55,000
  5. Link's Awakening (2019) : 47,500
  6. Breath of the Wild (2017) : 44,000
  7. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017) : 36,000
  8. Super Mario Maker 2 (2019) : 30,400
  9. Luigi's Mansion 3 (2019) : 29,000
  10. Fire Emblem Three Houses (2019) : 19,500
(missing data on Splatoon 2)

As time passes, the userbase grows and the openings are getting bigger. The follow-ups to the big 2017 games should open significantly higher.