Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are the biggest UK launch of the year

Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet were released on November 18, 2022; they were the first major Pokémon games in three years since 2019’s last Pokémon Sword and Shield . The buzz around new Pokémon games has been so great that Scarlet and Violet have become the most pre-ordered games in the history of the series, the Pokémon Company revealed .

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo; it is the first truly open-world Pokémon game where players have a wide choice of how they want to explore the world through non-linear progression. Plus, your friends can also join you in capturing Pokémon with the co-op features.

However, the games received mixed reviews due to the lack of a technical department and graphics. However, the new open world of Pokémon Island was waiting for fans. And the fact that Pokémon Scarlet and Violet were the biggest box release of the year in the UK proves that fans have been waiting for a new Pokémon game for a long time.

Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Purple
Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Purple

According to Gamesindustry.biz, Scarlet and Violet left behind a FIFA 2023 box sale in its launch week; in particular, sales of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet were 4% higher than FIFA 23’s launch week. Before we continue our analysis of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet sales, it should be noted that these sales figures refer to physical copies, as digital sales of Nintendo games are not generally public.

Boxed sales of Pokémon Scarlet accounted for 52% of total sales, Violet 42%, and the combined version of both games accounted for the remaining 6% of sales. Gamesindustry.biz noted another interesting fact: the launch of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet also boosted Nintendo hardware sales by 62% compared to last week’s Nintendo Switch sales in the UK.

Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Purple
Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Purple

These sales figures made Scarlet and Violet the second biggest Pokémon game launches of all time, just behind Pokémon Sun and Moon , released in 2016 for the 3DS. However, according to GfK, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet made more money in their launch week than Sun and Moon. The average selling price was £35 for Sun and Moon compared to £48 for Scarlet and Violet. For comparison,

Scarlet and Violet’s first-week sales are up 25% from the previous “next-gen” Pokémon release, Sword and Shield, which launched on Switch in November 2019. It’s also 70% more than last year’s Diamond and Pearl remakes and 56% more than last year’s Diamond and Pearl remakes. January Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

Undoubtedly, these sales figures are impressive, although both games have various technical problems. It just goes to show how strong the Pokémon community is. Although the popularity of the Pokémon franchise has declined in recent years.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are now available for Nintendo Switch. So what do you think of this? Did you expect such a sales record from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet? Have you already played the games? Let us know in the comments section below.

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