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Second biggest UK Pokmon launch ever.

Nintendo Switch exclusives Pokmon Sword and Shield are a monster gross sales success in the UK.

On its personal, the recreation’s Sword model topped the boxed recreation chart this week – beating EA’s massive new release Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order into second place.

The recreation’s Shield model got here in third, whereas a Dual Edition that includes each variations entered the chart in seventh.

Pokmon Sword is the biggest platform unique of 2019, even with out the Shield and Dual Pack variations. That means it beat fellow Nintendo exclusives comparable to Luigi’s Mansion 3, in addition to PlayStation exclusives like Days Gone and Death Stranding and Xbox exclusives comparable to Gears 5 and Crackdown 3.

In truth, solely two video games bought extra copies than Pokmon Sword this year: the multi-platform juggernauts which can be COD and FIFA.

Together, Sword and Shield are the second biggest Pokmon launch in the UK – with gross sales up 50 per cent on final year’s Pokmon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, and up round 45 per cent on Pokmon X and Y on 3DS.

The solely Pokmon video games Sword and Shield didn’t beat are Sun and Moon, which have been launched on 3DS later in that console’s lifecycle and nearer to the international craziness surrounding Pokmon Go. And, as ever, digital gross sales will not be counted – which may even have contributed to Sword and Shield’s whole.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, in the meantime, launched with robust gross sales – even when they have been down barely on Star Wars: Battlefront 2. 66 per cent of copies have been bought on PS4, the relaxation on Xbox One. (PC digital gross sales will not be counted.)

The solely different new release was Terminator Resistance, which entered the chart in 38th.

Counting every Pokmon model individually, Nintendo Switch exclusives now maintain a majority of the chart’s high 10:

  1. Pokmon Sword
  2. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  3. Pokmon Shield
  4. COD: Modern Warfare
  5. FIFA 2020
  6. Luigi’s Mansion 3
  7. Pokmon Sword and Shield: Dual Edition
  8. Death Stranding
  9. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  10. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

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