Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl launch week sales in Japan

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond& Shining Pearl Sales Pass 1.3 Million in Japan

Famitsu announced that the estimated physical sales number for Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl in Japan reached 1,395,642 units in its launch week. The Japanese media outlet counted the sales on the first three days of the games’ release, on November 19-21, 2021. It included sales from the Double Pack and the physical download card but excluded the digital sales made on Nintendo eShop.

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This number puts sales of Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl above Pokemon Sword and Shield, which only managed 1,364,544 physical units sold in the same region and period in November 2019. In fact, Famitsu even put the fourth-generation remakes as the second-best-selling Nintendo Switch game in the first week in Japan. The title that still sits at the top to date is Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which had sold 1,880,626 units in March 2020.

The Nintendo Switch console also set a new milestone in the same week. The console’s sales number on November 15-21, 2021 reached 168 thousand units in Japan—almost double the previous week’s amount of 87 thousand units. This number also includes the portable-only Lite model and the recently released OLED model. The Nintendo Switch family of consoles has now sold over 22 million units in Japan alone.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are now available worldwide on Nintendo Switch.

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Kite is a Japanese translator and avid gamer from Indonesia, Southeast Asia who learned the language mostly by playing Japanese games from the PS1 era. He primarily translates news about Japanese games and anime straight from Japan. After initially starting with a focus on Dynasty Warriors communities from the mid-2000s, he eventually joined Siliconera in 2020. Other than Dynasty Warriors, Kite is also a big fan of Ace Combat and other games featuring mechs, especially Gundam.