Friday, Pokemon Shiny Diamond and Shiny Pearl launched worldwide, offering gamers a chance to revisit Sinnoh on Nintendo Switch. According to Christopher Dring of GamesIndustry.biz, many players have chosen to make this return to the region, as the game is the biggest Switch physical launch of the year in the UK! Shockingly enough, this achievement was actually accomplished by Shiny Diamond Pokémon, alone. When combined with Pokemon shiny pearl, launch sales for both versions represent the second biggest launch for all platforms in 2021, only short of the combined cross-platform figures for FIFA 22.
The first of Dring’s Tweets on Pokemon Shiny Diamond and Shiny Pearl can be found embedded below.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond (No.1) and Shining Pearl (No.2) were the 2 best-selling boxed games in the UK last week, which means Battlefield 2042 has to settle for No.3. Combined launch sales for Pokémon games are down 26% from Sword / Shield and up 13% from Let’s Go Eevee / Pikachu
– Christopher Dring (@Chris_Dring) November 21, 2021
Pokemon game remakes have always fallen short of sales for all-new entries, and so has Shiny diamond and shiny pearl; introductory sales were 26% late Pokémon Sword and Shieldis the launch. However, sales of the Gen IV remakes were better than Pokémon: Let’s go, Pikachu! and Let’s go, Eevee! by 13%. Shiny diamond and shiny pearl took the first two places of the week, beating Battlefield 2042, which ranked third among the best-selling games. Unfortunately, it will likely take a little while for Nintendo to come up with official sales figures.
Pokemon Shiny Diamond and Shiny Pearl is a remake of the fourth generation of Pokémon, released for Nintendo DS in 2006. The original Diamond and Pearl holds a special place in the hearts of many gamers, and developer ILCA has done a great job keeping the feel of the game intact, while also including modern elements. It remains to be seen whether sales will remain strong in the coming weeks, or how the January release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus could have an impact Shiny diamond and shiny pearllong term success. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see!
Pokemon Shiny Diamond and Shiny Pearl is available now, exclusively on Nintendo Switch. Readers can check out our previous coverage of the game here.
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