Pokémon Scarlet & Violet may be riddled with bugs or performance deficiencies, but once again it proved to be a sales titan. The titles achieved a brutal premiere in various markets around the world. It was a matter of time before it was confirmed that the titles had just been scored for the best debut in Japan.
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet sold 10 million units in just 3 days, including digital and physical sales worldwide. Well, of that figure, almost half of the sales were registered in Japan.
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Pokémon Scarlet & Violet enjoyed the best Japanese debut in all of history
According to information from Game Data Library, Pokémon Scarlet & Violet were the first games that exceeded the mark of 4 million copies sold in their opening week, since precisely in their first 3 days on the market they sold 4,050,000 units. Something interesting is that Splatoon 3 broke records just months ago by breaking the barrier of 3 million sales in 3 days in Japan, so the pleasure of having the record for the most successful debut lasted very little. In third place is Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which was a phenomenon in 2020.
To put it in perspective, the game with the best PlayStation debut is God of War Ragnarök, which also debuted this month and sold 5.1 million units worldwide in just 1 week. The only franchise that can compete with this Nintendo giant is Grand Theft Auto, whose latest installment (which, unlike God of War and Pokémon, is multiplatform) sold 11.21 million units on its opening day (according to Guinness World Records). , via IGN).
In case you missed it: some fans are not happy with Pokémon Scarlet & Violet and are requesting refunds.
With a launch of over 4 MILLION units, Pokémon Scarlet / Violet had the BIGGEST launch for a videogame in Japan, surpassing the record breaking sales of Splatoon 3 by some 600k units.
The first +3m and +4m launches in Japan happened this year, just a few weeks apart. pic.twitter.com/jCEDnZiOX5
— Game Data Library (@GameDataLibrary) November 24, 2022
Of the little more than 4 million units sold on the opening weekend, around 75% were in physical format. We know this thanks to Famitsu (via Gematsu), which has just published the sales estimates for week 46 of 2022, in which Pokémon Scarlet & Violet debuted selling precisely 2,537,292 units in physical format and with this powerful debut there will surely be no game in many weeks since I dropped it from the top of the Japanese chart.
Yes, the premiere counts the sales of 2 games, both Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, but in releases of the series they have always been considered as 1 single entity, since it is basically the same experience (although there are many players who usually buy both copies).
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet — 2,537,292
Splatoon 3 — 36,958
God of War Ragnarok — 9901
Monochrome Mobius: Rights and Wrongs Forgotten — 9066
Tactics Ogre: Reborn — 7687
Minecraft — 7449
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — 7330
Cardfight!! — 6649
SympathyKiss — 6072
Sonic Frontiers — 5837
Nintendo Switch OLED — 102,605
Nintendo Switch Lite — 40,432
Nintendo Switch — 27,656
PlayStation 5 — 26,946
PlayStation 4 — 5803
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition — 4912
Xbox Series X — 1373
Xox Series S — 154
New Nintendo 2DS LL — 34
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