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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Sales Top 6 Million Units

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Sales Top 6 Million Units - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 08 December 2021 / 1,512 Views

The Pokemon Company announced Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl has sold over six million units worldwide in its first week of release. 

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is a remake of the 2006 Nintendo DS games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. It released for the Nintendo Switch on November 19.

Here is an overview of the game:

Revisit the Sinnoh region and story of Pokemon Diamond Version / Pokemon Pearl Version

Experience the nostalgic story from the Pokemon Diamond Version / Pokemon Pearl Version game in a reimagined adventure, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Pokemon Shining Pearl, now on the Nintendo Switch system! Adventures in the Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Pokemon Shining Pearl game will take place in the familiar Sinnoh region. Rich in nature and with mighty Mount Coronet at its heart, Sinnoh is a land of many myths passed down through the ages. You’ll choose either Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup to be your first partner Pokemon and then set off on your journey to become the Champion of the Pokemon League. Along the way, you’ll run into the mysterious organization Team Galactic, and be able to encounter the Legendary Pokemon Dialga.

Explore the Revamped Grand Underground or Put on a Super Contest Show

The Underground from the Pokemon Diamond Version / Pokemon Pearl Version game has been powered up and is now called the Grand Underground. Here, you can dig up valuable treasure and Pokemon Fossils, create your own Secret Base, and catch Pokemon in places called Pokemon Hideaways. When you aren’t exploring in the Grand Underground, enter a Super Contest Show! Super Contest Shows are popular events in the Sinnoh region, each put on by four performers and their partner Pokemon, who work together to dance and show off their performance skills. You can also adventure in the Grand Underground or put on a Super Contest Show with other players through the local* communication or online** communication of your Nintendo Switch system!

Walk With Your Pokemon, Change Up Your Style, and Customize Your Poke Balls

Choose a Pokemon that you’ve befriended during your journey to walk along behind you in the game. Depending on the Pokemon, you’ll see different gestures or ways of walking, and when you talk to your Pokemon, it will respond. You’ll also be able to add your own personal style! Choose a variety of outfits and coordinate tops and bottoms. Some are based around Pokemon motifs and others change your hairstyle. You can even use Capsule Decoration to add stickers to customize the effects that appear when your Pokemon comes out of its Poke Ball!

Thanks, Famitsu.


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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8 Comments
Kakadu18 (on 08 December 2021)

Sw/Sh also sold 6mil first week. I think BD/SP will have weaker legs long term, but still stronger than Let's Go. Over 14mil first quarter is guaranteed, which is massive. Easily best selling Pokémon remake and maybe it'll even outsell the original DP.

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gtotheunit91 (on 08 December 2021)

The first week?! Damn, I thought the numbers were going to be up to this week lol Pokemon games still sell like hotcakes!

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trunkswd gtotheunit91 (on 08 December 2021)

After 25 years Pokémon is as big as ever. The Switch is the first Nintendo console I've owned since the N64 due to it having Pokémon and all the usual Nintendo console games.

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Jumpin gtotheunit91 (on 08 December 2021)

Incidentally, I’ve never seen these so-called hotcakes for sale :(

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Greenfox (on 08 December 2021)

Although the game is not perfect, I am happy to see that it is selling well. The more successful it is, the more GameFreak will see that pokemon can exist out of their hands. Thanks to this remake maybe the 9 gen will also get the external support the franchise needs.

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Torpoleon (on 08 December 2021)

This is for the full week, correct? I think SWSH's 6 million was over just the launch weekend. Either way, very impressive.

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Kakadu18 Torpoleon (on 08 December 2021)

I think this is the launch weekend too which is basically the launch week.

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