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Pokemon Legends Arceus Sales Top 6.5 Million Units

Pokemon Legends Arceus Sales Top 6.5 Million Units - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 February 2022 / 3,084 Views

Nintendo, The Pokemon Company, and developer Game Freak announced Pokemon Legends: Arceus has sold over 6.5 million units worldwide since it launched on the Nintendo Switch last Friday, January 28. 

"Thank you to the more than 6.5 million explorers worldwide who have already embarked on an exciting new adventure in Pokemon Legends: Arceus," reads a tweet from Nintendo.

"We hope you're loading up on more potato mochi before your next research mission!"

Pokemon Legends: Arceus did debut in first place on the retail charts in Japan  sales of 1,424,657 units, according to Famitsu for the week ending January 30, 2022.


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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18 Comments
Qwark (on 04 February 2022)

Yet there is no budget to make the game half as pretty as Breath of the Wild. But luckily at least gamefreak tried something new with the franchise.

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Manlytears Qwark (on 04 February 2022)

This! The game looks fugly, the world is empty, barren and lifeless, truly feels like a poor job. Gamefreak needs to do better next time.

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JWeinCom Manlytears (on 04 February 2022)

Well... they sold 6.5 million copies in a week. So, it kind of seems like they don't.

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Manlytears JWeinCom (on 05 February 2022)

Correct, absolutely, thumbs up for you! They do a lousy job and still sell crazy numbers!

"Why make a beautiful game? It's Nintendo, it's pokemon, even if it's ugly and poorly made it will sell a lot!"

Simple reality, they have a "free pass" on graphics, animation, gameplay, sound...
Pokemon (in the traditional formula) is almost guaranteed success, even if it is an ugly and poorly made game.

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JWeinCom Manlytears (on 05 February 2022)

If people keep buying it, I guess their audience enjoys it, including me, despite the bad graphics. As long as that's the case, they'll keep making them, and fans will be happy. If you're not into it, plenty of other games out there.

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Manlytears JWeinCom (on 05 February 2022)

Not all fans are happy, but most probably liked it. I played lot's of pokemon since good old R/B/Y, and i don't like what i see on Legend of Arceus (same for SW/SH and D/P remake (at least they fixed the damn HP bar). It's not just the fugly graphics, i realy don't like all the dodge and "the trainer" fighting tossing things at mighty pokemons instead of putting pokemons to fight first, i mean it fells so clunky, weird and unnecessary.
Imho, 7.5 is the grade for this game, it's ok and enjoyable (My past 10 years old self would go crazy playing this), but they can do so much better! Pokemon deserves so much more than this!

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JWeinCom Manlytears (on 05 February 2022)

Enough fans are happy that they consistently buy the games. At seems like your primary complaint is just about the overall design of the game, but they were pretty up front about that. If you didn't want to sneak around and throw Pokeballs at stuff, this isn't for you. But kind of feels like a weird complaint. Like if I bought Pokemon Snap and complained that all you do is take pictures of pokemon.

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JWeinCom (on 03 February 2022)

Well, that escalated quickly.

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BonfiresDown (on 04 February 2022)

Pokemon game does fantastic numbers. Shocking to no one, except the members of VGChartz I guess.

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SanAndreasX BonfiresDown (on 05 February 2022)

It did better than Sword/Shield did first week, and I guess people thought that after all the complaints about SW/SH and BD/SP that a new Pokemon game would tank somehow.

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Kakadu18 SanAndreasX (on 05 February 2022)

Not really. People thought a launch outside the holidays and so shortly after the remakes would result in a smaller launch. Idk what I expected but definitely not bigger than the previous two.

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Slownenberg (on 04 February 2022)

Very nice. 6.5m in the first week. Would like to see it hit 10 million for its first quarter, on the way to 20 mil lifetime!

  • +1
UnderwaterFunktown (on 04 February 2022)

For Sword and Shield and the Gemstone Pair 6 mil was announced after a week. Looks like it's off to a slightly stronger start.

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Kakadu18 (on 03 February 2022)

Insanity! I must be dreaming.

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KrspaceT Kakadu18 (on 04 February 2022)

Hey, this is good for everyone. GF is rewarded for hard work and breaking the norm. We get a good game. Nintendo gets a major early release. The artists get tall buff ladies and stuff to draw. Etc etc.

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zippy (on 05 February 2022)

Fully deserved. It's one of my favourite switch games.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 04 February 2022)

Mostly positive reviews push the game to stardom and they deserve it for breaking the mold!

Some negative reactions like crappy graphics and empty barren waste land can be remedied with updates or the next sequel,

There is always room for improvement.

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farlaff (on 04 February 2022)

Holly heck!

  • -1