Pokémon’s Diamond & Pearl remakes become second-largest Switch game launch in Japan


Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl for Nintendo Switch seem to have got off to a good start in Japan.

According to early Famitsu sales data, the remakes sold an estimated 1,395,642 million copies in the first three days alone. This figure includes standard retail copies, Double Pack, and store download card purchases.

It does not include digital downloads through the Switch eShop, although Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are currently the “best sellers” on Nintendo’s digital store in this region.

This physical sales total means the remakes had Switch’s second-biggest sales start in Japan. The game in front is Animal crossing: new horizons, which sold around 1,880,626 physical copies in its first three days.

Compared to the Switch remakes, the original Diamond and Pearl games on DS have changed by 1.586 million in four days. Notably, the remakes also topped the first sales of Pokémon Sword and Shield, which sold 1,364.544 million units when it was released in Japan.

Earlier this week, UK sales data revealed that the Diamond and Pearl remakes were already the second biggest boxed launch of the year in the region. Did you contribute to the commercial success of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl on Nintendo Switch? Tell us below.