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Pokemon Let's Go games sold just over half the shipments in Japan

Published: 18:22, 23 November 2018
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Screenshot from Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! for the Switch
Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu!

Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! have reportedly sold only 63 and 52 per cent of shipments in Japan, making them some of the worst sold Pokemon games, way below the sales of previous titles in Pokemon franchise.

Despite strong sales in the first three days, Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! have failed compared to other games in the series. The former sold only 62.96 per cent of the shipments in Japan, while the latter did even worse with just 51.80 per cent.

When compared to other games in the series, the sold percentage of the shipments becomes even worse as previous games between 70 and 80 per cent, marking an approximate drop of 20 per cent on average.

Even though the Pokemon Let's Go sales dropped quicker than panties in Witcher series, these two games still managed to become the Switch exclusive, behind Splatoon 2. Still, with a core market for a Pokemon game, such as Japan, giving up on one, it is hard to see Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! garnering any praise in the future.

Strong initial sales could potentially be attributed to the hype for these two games, and the subsequent failure to the extreme displeasure of those who initially bought the game. Players have taken to the games on Metacritic, often citing the dumbing down of the games as the reason for their frustrations.

While most of the review bombers on Metacritic came from western countries, it didn't mean Japanese players were any less frustrated. Amazon Japan was forced to hide the star rating for these games due to a deluge of terrible reviews.

Nintendo Joypads and back of Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! themed Switch Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee and Pikachu flavoured Switch

Game Freak certainly won't have an easy time if they aim at supporting their Pokemon Let's Go games in the future, but Niantic may just enjoy a resurgence in player count. Pokemon Go is still going strong, earning over $100 million per month and even Blizzard are making a that takes inspiration from it.

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Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu!

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