Pokemon Sword & Shield reaches huge sales milestone in franchise history - Dexerto

Pokemon Sword & Shield reaches huge sales milestone in franchise history

Published: 6/Aug/2020 23:40

by Brent Koepp


Nine months after its release, Pokemon Sword & Shield has crossed a new major sales milestone, making it one of the best selling titles in the entire franchise. 

Pokemon entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield in November 2019. The latest in the Nintendo franchise had players exploring the Galar region for the very first time, while introducing new features such as Dynamaxing and Max Raids.


The title was initially met with backlash leading up to its launch, after developer Game Freak announced that it was scrapping its National Pokedex. However despite the uproar, the game has gone on to sell millions of units. And in August, it smashed a major sales record.

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Game Freak / Nintendo
The Gen VIII title takes place in the Galar region.

Pokemon Sword & Shield breaks records

On August 6th, Nintendo released their quarterly update which includes sales figures of titles. In the report, it was revealed that Sword & Shield has sold a total of 18.22 million units, making it the third highest-selling release in the Pokemon franchise.


This is a major milestone for the eighth generation game, as it’s now sold more than Diamond & Pearl which released on the DS in 2006. The number one spot still belongs to the series first titles Red & Blue, which have sold approximately 31 million units since their debut in 1996.

Impressively, Sword & Shield is just shy of five million units from the second highest selling release, Gold and Silver, which came out in 1999. The Game Boy title has sold 23 million. The Switch game could eventually reach that spot, especially with its second DLC The Crown Tundra slated to drop later in 2020.

The Pokemon Company
Pokemon’s latest title is a massive success for the Japanese company.

Top-selling Pokemon titles

  • Red / Blue / Green – 31.8 million
  • Gold and Silver – 23.10 million
  • Sword & Shield – 18.22 million
  • Diamond & Pearl – 17.67 million
  • X & Y – 16.45 million
  • Ruby & Sapphire – 16.22 million
  • Sun & Moon – 16.8 million
  • Black & White – 15.64 million

The title wasn’t the only Switch game to have incredible sales. According to Pokemon outlet Serebii, it was also revealed that Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee have sold over 12.20 million units since their debut two years ago.


While Sword & Shield was initially met with backlash for scrapped features, re-used models, and animation, the game seems to have won over many players as it’s been a smash hit with consumers.

It sold over 6 million units in its opening week alone. The RPG has now become one of the best selling in the entire franchise, which is quite the feat, considering it only came out at the end of 2019.


Pokemon leak finally debunks mystery of “unfinished” Kalos region

Published: 19/Oct/2020 20:06 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 21:30

by Paul Cot


The mystery of the unfinished story of Pokemon X and Y’s Kalos region has been discussed in the Pokemon community for years. Now a leak appears to have revealed the details, or lack thereof.

With Xerneas and Yveltal getting their own game in the form of Pokemon X and Y, it seemed strange Zygarde didn’t get the same treatment. At one point in time, it was almost a given that Pokemon Z would materialize. Of course, that never happened.


A leak has seemingly revealed that a sequel to the Gen 6 game was planned but ultimately canceled. The reason for this remains unknown.

It was initially posted on 4chan and picked up on by Lewtwo. “There were reservations in place for a second pair of games to be based in Kalos,” the PokeYoutuber shared on Twitter.


Interestingly, the code revealed apparent reservations for two new games. This suggests they could have been called Pokemon X2/Y2, much like Black 2 and White 2.

Pokemon X Y Unfinished
Pokemon Company
Pokemon X and Y never got the finish it deserved and now we know why…

Kalos in Pokemon Sword and Shield

The unfinished nature of the game had trainers speculating for years as to when the story would be finished. It seemed to be all part of the Pokemon Company’s grand plan but it looks like fans of the franchise gave the creators too much credit for their forward-thinking.

With Pokemon Sword and Shield being based on the UK, and Kalos being France, it seemed believable that the two games would intertwine. That never happened in the initial release and has yet to happen in either of the released DLCs.


This leak doesn’t mean that the Pokemon Company doesn’t intend on finishing the story, but it does mean there’s a chance it will go down as one of Pokemon’s great mysteries. After all, just because they canceled plans for a Pokemon X and Y sequel, doesn’t mean they have no intention to use the story at some point in the future.

Given the leak though, that may be a little optimistic. It looks like the unusable Couriway Train Station and matching caves between Kalos and Galar were just a coincidence. Or were they?