While at first sight Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! launched successfully in Japan with 661,240 sold-through to customers in its first week on the shelves, the weekly analysis just released by statistics firm Media Create paints a slightly different picture.
Media Create mentions that the twin games debuted with half a million copies less than their predecessors Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, which moved 1.163 million copies during its launch in the same period last year.
On top of that, Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! sold only 62.96% of the initial shipment, while Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! did even worse, selling 51.80% of the copies shipped to stores by Nintendo. This is visibly worse than the percentages between 70% and 80% achieved by previous games of the series.
The firm explains that while Nintendo has made major changes to the game’s system in an effort to involve new users, it’s hard to say that this effort has been successful for now. That being said, since long-term performance will be greatly affected by the demand for gifts, it’ll be important to pay close attention to what happens in the upcoming New Year and Holidays shopping season.
Source: Media Create