Pokémon: The fourth generation Pokémon remakes have met with raves since its announcement, but that hasn’t stopped fans of the series from buying the new games, even though they complained. In their first week since launch, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl have already sold 6 million units together.
The information comes from Gamebiz.jp, which compares game performance with the latest release within the main franchise, the Pokémon Sword and Shield. According to the site, they sold similar numbers in their first week, which is way more than the Pokémon Yellow remakes. We are talking about Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, which managed to sell approximately half of the number achieved by Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl in the same period.
This is a strong indication that, despite criticism against Nintendo always keeping the same formula in Pokémon, the financial return speaks louder than the complaints. It will be interesting, then, to keep an eye on the release of Pokémon Legends Arceus. The game has a very different proposal from the main franchise, and its performance will show us if it is possible to make even more sales with Pokémon that are not being reached by traditional games.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl were released on November 19, and are available exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.