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First week Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl sales top six million

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes for the Nintendo Switch
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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the Nintendo Switch remakes to the fourth generation Pokemon games saw their official release a few short weeks ago and the sales figures, especially for a pair of games first released for the Nintendo DS in 2006 are well, pretty brilliant.

According to Famitsu, first week Pokemon Brillliant Diamond and Shining Pearl sales have topped six million units, a number that surprisingly matches that of mainline Nintendo Switch entries Pokemon Sword and Shield, which both sold over 6 million in their first week of release as well.

Comparatively speaking, just how impressive were the first week Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl sales? The remakes beat out the first week sales figures for such popular Switch titles as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which sold 5 million; Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee at 3 million and Pokemon X and Y, which sold 4 million in its first week for the Nintendo 3DS back in 2013. As of this writing, Pokemon Sword and Shield has gone on to sell 22.64 million and Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee has gone on to sell 13.83 million total units worldwide.

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes


The only mainline Pokemon title which has managed more impressive first week sales than Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is Pokemon Sun and Moon, which launched in 2016 for the Nintendo DS and surpassed a whopping 7.2 million units in its release week.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl sees players returning to the Sinnoh region, where they’ll again have a choice between the starting Pokemon trio of Turtwig, Chichar or Piplup to accompany them in their journey to become Champion of Pokemon League, combat the mysterious Team Galactic and encounter the Legendary Dragon Pokemon Dialga and Palkia.

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Are you one of the six million plus players who picked up Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl in its first week of sales? Check out our list of the 15 best non-Legendary Pokemon in the games for competitive battling.

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Ninja Gaiden was my rite of passage at an early age. After finally beating that game (and narrowly dodging carpal tunnel) I decided to write about my gaming exploits. These days I enjoy roguelikes and anything Pokemon but I'll always dust off Super Mario RPG, Donkey Kong Country and StarFox 64 from time to time to bask in their glory.

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