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Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee and Pikachu flog more than 3 million

Published: 13:25, 22 November 2018
Joypads and back of Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! themed Switch
Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee and Pikachu flavoured Switch

Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! are off to a great start, having flogged more than 3 million units worldwide, becoming the fastest selling Switch game up to date and sporting the second best debut on Nintendo's console.

Between 16 and 18 November 2018, Pokemon: Let's Go sold 3 million units, becoming the fastest selling Switch game as of yet. Moreover, Famitsu claim that it's the second-best debut for a Switch game, Splatoon 2 being the first. Market research firms reported around 660 thousand units selling in Japan, leaving about 2.3 million units that were flogged across Europe and North America.

Unfortunately, the company didn't provide the exact split across analogue and digital sales but we looked elsewhere for hints. For instance, physical sales of Pokemon: Let's Go in the UK fared pretty well, with Pikachu coming in while Eeevee had to settle for sixth.

Note however that had Game Freak's game not been split into Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! versions, it would've come in first in the UK. Granted, we're talking strictly about the number of units sold and not dollar sales, which would've made Todd's Fallout 76 the winner that week.

Having said that, neither Pikachu nor Eevee can compensate for that fact that Pokemon: Let's Go sales are substantially lower than many of its predecessors. Being a free game, Pokemon GO, of course, doesn't apply, but Pokemon X & Y, for instance, sold upwards of 4 million copies in the first two days on the market.

Pokemon Sun and Moon broke the record for preorders and was the best selling Gamestop game of 2016, selling 10 million units in the first day and outperforming even the mighty Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

Nintendo Nintendo's Pokemon themed Switch edition Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee and Pikachu

There are many factors that are said to have brought about diminished Pokemon: Let's Go sales, from higher pricing than its predecessors to higher pricing of the console they're available on. Nevertheless, the sales are expected to continue strongly, especially since the holiday shopping euphoria is about to shift into overdrive.

Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! screenshots

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