Pokémon Shining Diamond and Shining Pearl have made a record start in Japan. According to Famitsu, exactly 1,395,642 units were sold in the week of release. Retail only, as this number does not include eShop sales.
The fourth-generation remake made the second strongest start to a Switch game in Japan. And no, the strongest launch was not about Schwert & Schild, the current generation. Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold even more frequently in March 2020, with around 1.8 million units.
With 1,364,544 units sold in its first week, Pokémon Sword & Shield is just behind the Sinnoh remakes. The result is, of course, especially noteworthy for remakes – not for new games, for example.
The remakes couldn’t overshadow the launch of the originals. Diamond and Pearl had a first week of 1,586,360 units on the popular Nintendo DS in 2006.
There are already records to report from other countries. In the UK, Radiant Diamond and Luminous Pearl were the second biggest sales hits of 2021. Only FIFA 22 started better.
The originals Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl were released in Europe in 2007 for the Nintendo DS. In this fourth-generation Pokémon games, you’ll find yourself in the Sinnoh region, which is based on a fictional variant of the Japanese island of Hokkaido. Sinnoh is also one of the most popular regions among Pokémon fans.
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