Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet sell a combined 10 million units in first three days of sales

Nintendo has announced that Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet have sold a combined 10 million units in the games' first three days of sales. That's the fastest-selling Nintendo title ever within a three-day period.

To give that some context, Pokemon Legends: Arceus  sold 6.5 million in one week of sales, as a singular title. Pokemon Sword & Shield sold 6 million in their first week, as did Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

As far as lifetime sales goes, Pokemon Sword & Shield is currently at 25.37 million, while Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl is at 14.92 million, according to Nintendo's sales unit index that updates every quarter.

The announcement from Nintendo can be found below. If you haven't picked up the game yet, feel free to check out our review.


Nintendo announced today that global sales of the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet games for the Nintendo Switch family of systems have surpassed 10 million combined units* in the first three days since their worldwide launch on Nov. 18, 2022. This is the highest global sales level for any software on any Nintendo platform within the first three days.

Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet are the latest mainline games in the Pokémon series, releasing three years after the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games, also for Nintendo Switch. In these newest titles, which welcome series newcomers and veterans alike, players experience a unique open-world Pokémon adventure for the first time in the franchise.

Players embark on a new style of Pokémon journey, freely exploring at their own pace and tackling multiple main story paths in any order. Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet also offer expanded multiplayer modes, allowing up to four players to travel across the land together. Along with series staples, such as trading and battling Pokémon, players can also explore the various locations of the region together with other players. Whether trading, battling, joining Tera Raid Battles or just having a relaxing picnic, players are sure to make some memorable experiences with their friends and family in local wireless or online multiplayer.

*According to Nintendo. This includes both packaged and downloadable versions.