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Pokemon Sword and Shield Enjoys Strong Launch in UK: Biggest Exclusive Debut of the Year

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Enjoys Strong Launch in UK: Biggest Exclusive Debut of the Year

Today the UKIE/GfK released their statistics for the week in the United Kingdom. The launch of Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield yielded predictable results.

Today the UKIE/GfK released their statistics for the week in the United Kingdom. The launch of Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield yielded predictable results.

According to the numbers reported by Gamesindustry, Pokemon Sword alone ranked first, Shield ranked third, and the Dual Edition including both ranked seventh.

Sword on its own is the biggest exclusive of the year at debut in the U.K., and the third boxed game launch behind FIFA 20  and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Combining the two games together, Nintendo achieved the second biggest pokemon launch of the franchise’s history beating Black and White and trailing only behind Sun and Moon (They sold 43% higher than the former and 34.5% lower than the latter if you count the sales of the Dual Edition).

They also debuted with 64.6% more sales than Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee combined.

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order launched in second place selling 33% less than Battlefront II, but it’s a pretty big departure in genre for the franchise compared to DICE’s multiplayer shooters. It sold 66% on PS4 and 34% on Xbox One.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare dropped from first place to fourth, while Death Stranding moved from second place to eighth, selling 71% less than last week. Need for Speed: Heat dropped from fifth place to eleventh, selling 38% less than last week.

Below you can find the full top-10 list.

Last WeekThis WeekTitle
New Release1Pokémon Sword
New Release2Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
New Release3Pokémon Shield
14Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
35FIFA 20
46Luigi’s Mansion 3
New Release7Pokémon Sword & Shield: Dual Edition
28Death Stranding
69Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
810Mario & Sonic At The Tokyo Olympic Games 2020
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