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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl UK Launch Sales 26% Lower than Sword and Shield

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl UK Launch Sales 26% Lower than Sword and Shield - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 21 November 2021 / 2,343 Views

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl released for the Nintendo Switch on November 19 and its launch sales in the UK are the biggest for the Nintendo Switch in 2021 and the second biggest overall, only beaten by FIFA 22. This data comes from the head of GamesIndustry Christopher Dring via Twitter.

UK Launch sales for the Pokémon remakes are down 26 percent compared to Pokémon Sword and Shield and up 13 percent compared to Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond debuted at the top of the UK charts, while Pokémon Shining Pearl debuted in second place. The multiplatform game, Battlefield 2042, was in third place.

Pokémon Shining Pearl, the worst selling of the two games, alone sold more retail copies in one week than Metroid Dread has sold in seven weeks.

"Pokémon Brilliant Diamond (No.1) & Shining Pearl (No.2) are the 2 best-selling boxed games in the UK last week, which means Battlefield 2042 has to settle for No.3. Combined launch sales for the Pokémon games are down 26% over Sword/Shield, and up 13% over Let's Go Eevee/Pikachu," said Dring.

"Pokémon Brilliant Diamond is the biggest Switch game launch of the year (boxed sales) in the UK, and that's without counting Pearl. Comfortably ahead of Mario 3D World, Monster Hunter Rise and Zelda: Skyward Sword.

"Combined together, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl's boxed launch sales are the second biggest of the year across all platforms, only beaten by the multiplatform FIFA 22.

"To put Pokémon to scale. Pokémon Shining Pearl alone (the weakest selling of the two) has already sold more copies in 1 week (UK boxed sales) than Metroid Dread has managed to sell since it came out 7 weeks ago."


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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17 Comments
shikamaru317 (on 21 November 2021)

That is disappointingly high considering what a poor remake it seems to be compared to the earlier Pokemon remakes.

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GoOnKid (on 21 November 2021)

Was to be expected. Sword/Shield's launch was huge, also Galar was based on the UK.

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Mystro-Sama (on 21 November 2021)

I mean it IS a remake unlike Sword/Shield that was a new mainline game.

  • +4
kazuyamishima (on 21 November 2021)

Did they Boost switch sales? There’s no mention in the article, only a Boost to Ps5 sales.

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Qwark (on 21 November 2021)

It's pretty sad that a not really flawless remake sells so much more than Metroid Dread

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victor83fernandes Qwark (on 21 November 2021)

Sad why? Its pokemon, its to be expected.
In fact the difference in graphics between this remake and the DS original is way bigger than the difference in graphics from metroid and the 3DS metroid.
Metroid is a niche series, its never going to beat the likes of pokemon or Mario in sales.
I'm just happy that the switch is having good sales and more people enjoying this console.

I already have this pokemon but will not likely even play it due to lack of time.

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Kakadu18 victor83fernandes (on 21 November 2021)

It's sad because games that are genuinly great and that got alot of effort put into get outsold by comparatively low effort games, selling solely because they're part of a huge franchise. It's not about the graphics.

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victor83fernandes Kakadu18 (on 22 November 2021)

Like i said it’s Pokémon. It has a bigger market share due to the fact it sells to a lot of kids.
I actually prefer games to not sell much so i can grab them on sale. No one is forcing you to buy Pokémon. Just buy what you want.

  • +2
padib Qwark (on 21 November 2021)

True but let's remember that some games while they sell less have more of an impact in the core community for what it might be worth. I think most dedicated gamers appreciate the effort that was put into Dread. And to lift our spirits, Metroid Dread is on track to become the best-selling Metroid game in the series.
https://www.nintendoenthusiast.com/npd-metroid-dread-sales-smash-the-series-record-for-the-first-month/

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 22 November 2021)

it has disappointing sales becoz the remake was a disappointment,
game freak will remember not to take shortcuts and give it to other devs nxt time,

they fcken ruined diamond and pearl

  • +1
Kakadu18 LivncA_Dis3 (on 22 November 2021)

It's the second biggest launch of any Switch game in the UK. Nothing disappointing about it.

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Slownenberg (on 21 November 2021)

Sounds about right. Will probably sell like 18 million globally. I'll be real interested to see how Pokemon Legends tracks against this seeing as how they are only two months apart which is such a bizarre decision.

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Kneetos (on 21 November 2021)

Been playing SMT5
Forgot this was coming out :V

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ClassicGamingWizzz (on 23 November 2021)

Someone save this ip from game company

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2zosteven (on 22 November 2021)

maybe due to the holidays coming? xmas presents?

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Giggity_goo (on 22 November 2021)

the sales of battlefield will be high in digital sales. the disc is going to be only anygood as a boot disc after couple of updates. its only really single player games worth collecting nowadays

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progstarmac (on 21 November 2021)

Obviously, because one is a remake and the other is a new original, besides the global economy is worst every year (inflation, increase of taxes, famine, etc)

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