Additionally, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield sold just over 2 million copies in the first two days in the US, making it the highest-grossing launch of any Pokémon game in the region.
Sword and Shield is reportedly already Japan’s best-selling game of 2019, having sold some 1.36 million copies in its first three days of availability, according to Famitsu estimates.
It recorded strong opening week sales at UK retail too, with Pokémon Sword alone enjoying the biggest exclusive game launch of the year.
Developed by Game Freak, Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield is the first core entry in the RPG series to be released on a home console.
About a third of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield’s 300+ person core team contributed to other projects during its development, analysis of the game’s credits reveals.
See what critics though of the game in our Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield review round-up.