Only 300,000 copies short of overtaking Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
In Nintendo's end of year fiscal earnings report that was released on May 7, the video game giant announced that Pokémon Sword and Shield was the highest-selling Nintendo Switch game of last year, giving it the sales figures to overtake a majority of the lifetime sales of previous generations of games in the Pokémon franchise.
Pokémon Sword and Shield were reported to have sold 16.06 million copies as of January 2020, increased its sales to 17.37 million, overtaking the lifetime sales of the Nintendo 3DS generations, Pokémon Black and White, and Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire for the Game Boy Advance. The only duo of games that have still sold more than Pokémon Sword and Shield in the last 17 years was Pokémon Diamond and Pearl for the Nintendo DS, coming in short by only 300,000 copies.
With the first two DLC expansions for a mainline Pokémon game to be released over the next year, it wouldn't be surprising if Pokémon Sword and Shield overtook Pokémon Diamond and Pearl to become the third highest-selling Pokémon generation ever. Pokémon Sword and Shield still hold the title of the 5th highest-selling Nintendo Switch game as of March 31, coming in at 40,000 copies sold less than Super Mario Odyssey.
The first DLC expansion for Pokémon Sword and Shield 'The Isle of Armor' is scheduled to be released by the end of June, with 'The Crown Tundra' scheduled for later this year. Both are available for pre-order together on the Nintendo eShop right now.
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.