Pokémon Arceus Legends: 1.4 million copies sold in Japan in the first three days

Pokémon Arceus Legends: 1.4 million copies sold in Japan in the first three days

Pokémon Arceus Legends

Pokémon Legends Arceus has been welcomed with open arms in Japan, selling over 1.4 million copies in just three days of launch, better than Pokémon Shining Diamond and Shining Pearl and even Sword and Shield.

According to data shared by Famitsu, Arceus Pokémon Legends sold 1.425 million copies in the first three days of the official launch in the Rising Sun. In comparison, Pokémon Shining Diamond and Shining Pearl had combined to 1.39 million copies while Pokémon Sword and Shield at 1.36 million copies in the same time period.

Not only that, at the moment it is the second most successful launch for a Nintendo Switch game in Japan, behind Animal Crossing: New Horizons which in the first three days of its debut in stores has sold 1.88 million copies .

Pokémon Legends Arceus Pokémon Legends Arceus is available exclusively for Nintendo Switch. If you haven't done so yet, we recommend that you read our review. Are you playing with it? Let us know what you think of the new Game Freak game in the comments.

In the meantime, Nintendo has updated the sales figures for the Nintendo Switch and the best-selling games as of December 31, 2021, with Mario Kart 8: Deluxe confirming itself one of the biggest hits ever for the Kyoto company.

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus Sells 1.4m Copies In Japan

Another feather for Arceus' cap.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus has sold an incredible 1.4 million copies during its launch week in Japan. That figure is even more impressive when taking into account that the game was only on sale for three days due to the Friday launch. That makes it the second best-selling three-day launch week game ever in Japan. Pokémon Legends: Arceus beat out Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl which sold 1.39 million copies in the same time frame. Only Nintendo’s 2020 juggernaut, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, is ahead of Arceus as it sold 1.88 million copies.

In the UK, Pokémon Legends: Arceus was able to beat out Animal Crossing‘s first-week sales which itself was one of the biggest Nintendo Switch game launches ever in the country. The figures from Japan and the UK do not include downloads so it is impossible to know how many copies the game has sold in total. However, the figures and statistics released just for physical sales paint a very successful picture for Nintendo and Game Freak.

Pokémon is a big seller whenever it is released but Arceus seems to be on a whole new level for the series. Not only is the game selling incredibly quickly but it has received overwhelmingly positive professional and user reviews. Arceus is the first game in the last few releases that seems to have pleased all different types of fans. Sword and Shield were incredibly divisive games even though they sold very well. Similarly, Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee were criticized by long-term fans of the series who didn’t like the influence of Pokémon Go.

With Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Game Freak seems to have found its formula for the Nintendo Switch after struggling with its first two attempts. The sales numbers and social media presence of Arceus are proof that this new direction is the one fans have been waiting for.


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