On the Nintendo Switch, Pokemon Legends: Arceus is already a big hit.
Early sales figures for Pokemon Legends: Arceus are starting to pour in, and the Nintendo Switch game appears to be off to a great start. Legends: Arceus had the fourth best launch in the series’ history in the UK, according to Christopher Dring of GamesIndustry.biz. There are no specific sales figures available, and this only includes physical copies. However, the game sold more copies in its first week than last year’s Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and it’s the fastest-selling Pokemon game without a sequel, breaking a 22-year-old record set by Pokemon Yellow on Game Boy Color.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus, in a roundabout approach, gives players the option of a more difficult task in its Pokemon boss encounters. Battles against multiple furious “noble” Pokemon are one of the many new improvements to the Pokemon game concept in Pokemon Legends: Arceus. While we won’t go into detail about why this is happening in the game, these battles aren’t your typical Pokemon fights. Instead, players must toss balm bags at Pokemon while avoiding their attacks and waiting for an opening.
Since Pokemon Black 2 and White 2, this is the first time a main series Pokemon game has given players the ability to choose their difficulty level, albeit in a limited form. Players have long wished for the ability to select their own difficulty level in Pokemon games, to the point where Nuzlocke runs have become an unofficial substitute.
Dring’s Twitter posts about the achievement are embedded below.
Biggest Pokemon UK launches (GfK data).— Christopher Dring (@Chris_Dring) January 30, 2022
3. Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby
4. Legends: Arceus
6. Shining Pearl/Brilliant Diamond
8. Let's Go Eevee/Pikachu
10. Heart Gold and Soul Silver
Digital data is not included.
Dring went on to state in a follow-up Tweet that physical sales of Pokemon Legends: Arceus were so robust in the UK that it “accounted for almost half of every boxed game sold” in the previous week. That’s a remarkable achievement, especially considering the game’s departure from the standard Pokemon paradigm. It was difficult to predict how well the game would perform so soon following the release of Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, but proximity did not appear to play a role.
It’ll be interesting to see how well Legends: Arceus holds up over time! Pokemon games have a long shelf life, and first-party Nintendo titles in particular continue to be popular. Pokemon Sword and Shield and Pokemon: Let’s Go are the Nintendo Switch’s fifth and eighth most popular games, respectively. Given the game’s extraordinarily excellent critical reception over the last week, it’s feasible that Legends: Arceus will outperform its predecessors. Nintendo, especially in North America, should not take too long to provide some real sales numbers. In any case, this is fantastic news for the game and the franchise as a whole!
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