Pokémon Scarlet and Violet sold more than 10 million units combined during its launch weekend, claiming the top spot for the most three-day launch weekend software sales in Nintendo’s history. The number, which includes physical and downloadable copies as reported by Nintendo, places Pokémon Scarlet and Violet on the list of the 15 best-selling Nintendo Switch titles of all time. Out of these three days, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet surpassed the lifetime sales of games like Splatoon 3, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Nintendo Switch Sports, and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury.
The current best-selling Nintendo Switch title is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which has sold just over 48 million units as of the end of September. As of the time of this writing, the Pokémon franchise occupies 3 of the top 10 spots. in terms of lifetime Nintendo Switch software sales, with Let’s Go, Pikachu, and Eevee at 10, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl at number 8, and Sword and Shield at number 5. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet need sold nearly 5 million more copies combined to make it into the top 10. To date, the Nintendo Switch has sold more than 114 million units.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet represent the first time players have been able to explore a fully open world environment in a mainstream Pokémon RPG. While critics praised various aspects of the latest games in the series, the technical performance was criticized globally. However, despite those concerns, Game Freak, The Pokémon Company and Nintendo clearly have another big push on their hands. You can read our full review of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet here.