Pokémon Scarlet and Violet sold over 10 million combined units during their launch weekend, claiming the top spot for three-day launch weekend software sales in Nintendo history. The numbers, which include physical and downloadable copies as reported by Nintendo, already place Pokémon Scarlet and Violet among the top 15 best-selling Nintendo Switch titles. In this three-day number, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have already surpassed the lifetime sales of games like Splatoon 3, Kirby and the Forgotten Lands, Nintendo Switch Sports, and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury.
Currently the best-selling Nintendo Switch title is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which has sold just over 48 million units as of the end of September. As of this writing, the Pokémon franchise occupies 3 of the top 10 slots of lifetime Nintendo Switch software sales, with Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee at No. 10, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl at No. 8, and Sword and Shield at No. 5. Feather. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet only needed to sell over 5 million combined copies to break into the top 10. To date, the Nintendo Switch has sold over 114 million units.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet represent the first time that players have been able to explore a fully open world environment in a mainline Pokémon RPG. While critics praised various aspects of the latest games in the series, the technical performance was universally panned. Despite those concerns, however, Game Freak, The Pokémon Company and Nintendo clearly have another massive hit on their hands. You can read our full review of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Here,