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Pokemon Sword and Shield is the fastest-selling Switch game to date

Pokemon Sword and Shield
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Pokemon Sword and Shield is the fastest selling Switch game to date and has already sold over six million copies worldwide since the games launched last week. The Official Pokemon Company posted the figure on Twitter, and pointed out that this makes it the fastest selling title on Nintendo's console so far. 

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While it's important to note that this accounts for both versions of the game, Sword and Shield have been a runaway success in sales. Historically, the mainline Pokemon series has always sold to impressive figures, with the previous Pokemon games, Pokemon Sun and Moon, being one of the most successful sellers for the 3DS. Just 3 months after the release of Sun and Moon, Nintendo revealed that it had sold 14.9 million copies globally, making it yet another success story for the franchise.

The impressive sales figures come in spite of a lot of noise expressed online in the lead up to release surrounding Sword and Shield's Pokedex, since it doesn't include every Pokemon from all generations. This has even led to a modder using code to try and reintroduce omitted Pokemon. 

Sword and Shield's staggering number of sales continues to demonstrate just how much love and passion there is for the series. In the lead up to the release of the latest adventure to be the very best, like no one ever was, we saw a wealth of interesting new Gen 8 Pokemon coming to the Galar region, and the new world we get to explore has already succeeded at charming many Pokemon fans already.

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Heather Wald

I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.