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Pokemon Sword and Shield sales break all-time Pokemon games record

Published: 21/Nov/2019 16:57 Updated: 21/Nov/2019 17:59

by Jacob Hale


Pokemon Sword and Shield released on November 15 to mass fanfare and it has now been confirmed that the release broke the all-time sales record for Pokemon games in the United States.

Pokemon has been one of the best-selling franchises in gaming history, with the release of Red, Green and Blue in 1996 kicking off over two decades of memory-making moments for players.

Since then, the video game series has only continued to grow and this has continued with the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield, leading the way in terms of game sales despite a mixed reaction from the community before release.

Pokemon CompanyPokemon Sword and Shield has had one of the biggest launch weekends in Nintendo Switch history.

Across its launch weekend, Pokemon Sword and Shield sold six million units worldwide, making it the highest-grossing and fastest-selling Pokemon game in U.S. history.

This is a seriously impressive feat, not only because of record-breaking numbers, but considering that many fans were claiming to boycott it entirely after seeing that the National Pokedex wasn’t going to be a feature. That, as well as a graphics controversy which led to #GameFreakLied trending on Twitter, after it was claimed that developers had recycled models from previous games.

Pokemon CompanyPokemon Sword and Shield achieved this incredible feat despite a poor initial reception pre-release.

Despite the initial difficulties faced prior to release, Nintendo and the Pokemon Company are clearly onto a winner with Sword and Shield. The new titles have almost caught up with sales numbers for the previous main series Pokemon games, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. As of March 31, 2019, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon had shifted 8.47m units in the time since its November 2017 release.

This is in no doubt in part due to Sword and Shield’s release on the Nintendo Switch, of which it is now the eighth highest-selling launch in the console’s history, beating the likes of Super Mario Maker and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. There’s a long way to go to be climbing ahead of those in front of it, though.

While Game Freak’s new games have shifted 6m units, Mario Kart Deluxe has sold over 19m copies, with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at 15.7m and Super Mario Odyssey at 15.4m – at the time of writing.

These games are considered all-time classics on the Switch and will likely continue to sell in the millions, so Sword and Shield will have to continue on its form to catch up with Mario’s incredible numbers.


Pokemon community stunned after card collection worth millions surfaces

Published: 27/Nov/2020 21:06

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Trading Card Game hobby was rocked in November when a man rediscovered his mind-blowing complete collection of the rare 1999 Base Set. The fan has stacks of every character, including hundreds of Charizards.

Despite releasing decades ago, the Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded on playgrounds and stuffed into 90s children’s binders are now selling for as much as a sports car. 

A man went viral after discovering their collection may be one of the most complete sets to ever exist. The fan’s unfathomable amount of rare collectibles could actually have an impact on the future of the hobby’s prices.

Screenshot of Pokemon Trading Card Game collection worth millions.
YouTube: PokeMans Alex
A jaw-dropping Pokemon card collection surfaced on YouTube.

Pokemon fan discovers TCG collection is worth millions

Pokemon cards have never been more popular this year as the collectible hobby has now even taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. Celebrities such as former rapper Logic are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars to scoop up the rare Nintendo items. 

On November 22, a video went viral online of a man showing off his mind-blowing collection that has many collectors turning their heads. “Literally got all of my Pokemons stuff out of the loft from my recent move,” YouTuber PokeMans Alex explained before showing off his astonishing collection.

Holding up a stack of rare holographic cards from the 1999 base set, the fan exclaimed, “As you can see they are mint, and have not been touched for so long.” The TCG collector then revealed his unprecedented number of Charizards. “I don’t know if you are ready for this,” he warned, before holding up a stack of 111 cards of the rare starter ‘mon.

(Charizard cards start at 07:56)

To put that into perspective, in October a PSA graded 10 of the same item is now selling for $30k alone. The content creator emptied over seven binders on his table to reveal a 1999 base set that was not only complete, but also had stacks of over 50 of the same card for every single character.“I’m ready to put all of these away back in the safe where they are now gonna stay,” he said.

Veteran Pokemon card YouTuber PokeRev reacted to the video on November 26 and exclaimed, “Did you open all these packs as a kid? It’s just an insane amount of holo cards. When we were kids, just to get a couple holos from the base set was really good. But to have thousands is insane!”

Other famous collectors such as British rapper Randolph commented, “Unreal mate.” Gaming YouTuber Ali A wrote, “How did you originally collect SO many cards!? Are you looking to sell any of them?”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to million dollar Pokemon card collection.
Other famous Pokemon collectors took notice of the insane set.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear just how much the YouTuber’s incredible Pokemon haul is worth. None of the collectibles have actually been looked at by professional grading companies PSA or Beckett. And the majority of its value revolves around its condition and score.

A set of this magnitude is unprecedented and could have a severe impact on what TCG cards are worth in the future. A big factor in an item’s selling price hinges on it having a low population. PokeMans Alex’s collection could soon flood the market should he decide to get things graded.