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Biggest Pokémon Launch Sales in the UK

Biggest Pokémon Launch Sales in the UK - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 26 November 2021 / 4,051 Views

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl had the fifth biggest launch week sales for any Pokémon game in the UK at retail. This is according to GfK data shared with GamesIndustry

The game continues the trend that every Pokémon remake has sold better in week one in the UK, than the games they were based on. Sales for the remakes are 53 percent higher than the original Pokémon  Diamond and Pearl.

The list of best-selling Pokémon games includes all the mainline RPG releases from generation one (Pokémon Red and Blue), to the enhanced editions (Pokémon Yellow, Crystal, etc.), up to the most recent releases. (Pokémon Sword and Shield). 

Biggest Mainline Pokémon Game Launches in the UK

Pokémon Red and Blue, the first in the series, launched in the UK in October 1999 and had a relatively small launch as it was before the series took off in popularity in Europe. Pokémon Yellow, the enhanced version of generation one, is the eighth best-selling entry in Pokémon.

Pokémon Go helped propel the popularity of the series, which caused Pokémon Sun and Moon in November 2016 to have the biggest launch in franchise history. No other entry in the series has come close in sales. 

Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee were the first in the series to release on the Nintendo Switch had the seventh biggest launch in the series.

The first new mainline Pokémon game on the Nintendo Switch, Pokémon Sword and Shield, had the second biggest launch in series history and is one of the fastest-selling Switch games. 

Biggest Mainline Pokémon Game Launches in the UK

Position Year Title Format
1 2016 Pokémon Sun and Moon Nintendo 3DS
2 2019 Pokémon Sword and Shield Nintendo Switch
3 2014 Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby Nintendo 3DS
4 2011 Pokémon Black and White Nintendo DS
5 2021 Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Nintendo Switch
6 2013 Pokémon X and Y Nintendo 3DS
7 2018 Pokémon Let's Go Eevee and Let's Go Pikachu Nintendo Switch
8 2000 Pokémon Yellow Gameboy/Gameboy Color
9 2010 Pokémon Heart Gold and Soul Silver Nintendo DS
10 2001 Pokémon Gold and Silver Gameboy/Gameboy Color
11 2007 Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Nintendo DS
12 2003 Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Gameboy Advance
13 2017 Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Nintendo 3DS
14 2009 Pokémon Platinum Nintendo DS
15 2012 Pokémon Black and White 2 Nintendo DS
16 2004 Pokémon Leaf Green and Fire Red Gameboy Advance
17 2005 Pokémon Emerald Gameboy Advance
18 2001 Pokémon Crystal Gameboy Color
19 1999 Pokémon Red and Blue Gameboy

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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 26 November 2021)

now aint sword n shield
diamond pearl remakes disappointin

as time passes the population and the amount of switch sold should help the game sell a lot more but that was not the case with two of their latest mainline games

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Kakadu18 LivncA_Dis3 (on 26 November 2021)

That's just the first week sales and digital is way bigger than it was on the 3DS. Sw/Sh has way better legs than Sun/Moon everywhere.

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