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10 million sales in three days. We are not even talking about copies distributed, as was the case for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, pushed in 2016 by the Pokémon GO phenomenon, but many copies sold to consumers. This is not only a first in the history of Pokémon, whose previous best launch was signed by Pokémon Legends: Arceus (6.5 million sales) but also in the history of Nintendo. In fact, we don’t know of any exclusive that would have approached such a score for the week of its launch.
In Japan, the Splatoon 3 record is already falling
Of these 10 million sales, Japan accounts for no less than 4.05 million. Here too, a record has just been broken. While Splatoon 3 (3.45 million sales) had just taken the place of Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2.68 million sales) as the best start in history in the archipelago, a Switch game in therefore replaces another and the manufacturer continues to rewrite history with its console (although The Pokémon Company is the publisher of Pokémon games in Japan). In 3 days, in Japan, Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Purple have also already exceeded the total sales of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon as well as Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
The record for this Pokémon in the open world completes those achieved a few weeks earlier by the two other major games of this fall. We are talking here about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 which became the first episode of the series to generate a turnover of a billion dollars in 10 days and God of War Ragnarok which became the best launch of the series. history of PlayStation Studios games with 5.1 million sales in 5 days.