Pokemon Sword & Shield have surpassed 16 million units shipped worldwide

In Nintendo's Q3 earnings release for the fiscal year ending Mar. 2020, the company announced that Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield have shipped a combined 16.06 million units worldwide. Almost 12 million of those sales come from outside of Japan. This comes after news that the games sold six million worldwide in their first week of sale, the fastest for any Nintendo Switch title.

16 million units is also the milestone surpassed by both Pokemon Sun/Moon and Pokemon X/Y. Note however that Sword and Shield are sold at an MSRP of $60 compared to $40 for 3DS titles.


For reference, lifetime sales numbers of recent Pokemon titles include:

  • Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee - 11.76 million units
  • Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon - 8.7 million units
  • Pokemon Sun/Moon - 16.18 million units
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire - 14.26 million units
  • Pokemon X/Y - 16.44 million units
  • Pokemon Black/White - 15.64 million units
  • Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver - 12.72 million units
  • Pokemon Diamond/Pearl - 17.67 million units

With Expansion Pass content yet to come for Pokemon Sword/Shield, the duo will likely see more sales success going forward.