We strongly suspected it, but the pocket monsters always seem to have the coast: Pokemon Legends: Arceus, the latest game in the franchise from Nintendo and Game Freaks, has been a hit since its launch last week. Several million copies have already been sold on Nintendo Switch, further proof of the franchise’s tireless longevity with fans – but also of the success of the bet taken with this episode, very different from other classic works.
Pokémon Arceus enters the Legend
It ismore than 6.5 million (!) copies that have been sold for Pokemon Legends: Arceus which thus signs an absolutely monstrous start for Nintendo’s hybrid console. In Japan, the title signs the second start in the history of the Switch, with 1.43 million copies sold during the first three days following its release. It is thus placed just behind—you must have already guessed it—Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus thus represents the best start of the franchise on Nintendo Switch, thus surpassing the previous episodes sold on the Nintendo nomad. To compare, Pokémon Sword and Shieldas well as Pokémon Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl, sold just over 6 million copies over a period similar to their release, in 2017 and 2021 respectively. As for Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eeveethe duo will have achieved “only” 3 million sales during their first week of marketing.
Cutting edge radically with the original formula, Pokemon Legendson: Arceus swaps old-school JRPG-style random encounters for a more action-oriented, real-time approach, like a monster hunter on a smaller scale. The game is positioned as a prequel to the events of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, thus returning to the origins of the capture of Pokémon in a universe strongly inspired by feudal Japan. Its very different structure from the usual, emphasizes the collection of monsters to fill the very first Pokédex in history.