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‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Still Top the First Weeks of 2020 Japan Video Game Rankings

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It’s another new year and still, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company’s Nintendo Switch hits Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield still remains number one on last week’s Japan Video Game rankings. The said ranks is carefully compiled by website Famitsu. Both games also top the previous video game rankings.

To date, the games have a total of 3,256,754 copies sold in Japan alone. Weekly copies sold last week were 71,695.

This has been followed by the popular Nintendo Switch fitness game Ring Fit Adventure at #2, then followed by Mojang’s popular video game Minecraft at #3. Minecraft was ported and released for the Nintendo Switch on June 21, 2018.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield were released worldwide on November 15. The two versions of the game will feature Pokemon from the Galar region, and players can choose one of the three basic starter Pokemon namely Gookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble. This is also the game where the Gigantamax forms are featured, in which Pikachu, Eevee, Meowth, Butterfree, Charizard, Alcremie, and Corviknight will be having their own, said forms in this game. Two legendary Pokemon will also be introduced.

Other features in the Pokemon Sword and Shield game include the Max Raid Battles, Dynamax, Gigantamax forms, the Battle Stadium, Poke Jobs, Pokemon Camp, and Surprise trades. This is the second Nintendo Switch game for the popular franchise. 

The game has also announced expansion sets as well as a cloud-based Pokemon storage service (Pokemon Home).

Even before the release of the two games, people have already shared their frustration and disappointment over some Pokemon that are missing from the game. Fans say that this is saddening as people expected so much from the game’s developer Game Freak thinking that it would be better than its first Nintendo Switch games of the franchise, Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! which were based on the 1998 video game Pokemon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition.

The first Nintendo Switch games Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu, and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! was released in November 2018. The release of the games was a huge success as it had a record of more than 11.28 million combined sales as of September 2019. This huge number has made the games known as one of the best-selling games for the Nintendo Switch.

Here is the complete list of the video game rankings for the mentioned week, including the weekly and total sales so far.


Rank Title Publisher Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies
1 Pokémon Sword & Shield Nintendo November 15, 2019 71,695 3,256,754
2 Ring Fit Adventure Nintendo October 18, 2019 21,498 547,569
3 Minecraft Nintendo June 21, 2018 15,845 1,208,747
4 Tōhoku Daigaku Reika Igaku Kenkyūjo Kawashima Ryūta Kyōji Kanshū Nō o Kitaeru Otona no Nintendo Switch Training Nintendo December 27, 2018 15,757 91,908
5 Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Nintendo December 7, 2018 14,129 3,510,455
6 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo April 28, 2017 14,100 2,725,304
7 Luigi’s Mansion 3 Nintendo October 31, 2019 11,639 570,071
8 Super Mario Party Nintendo October 5, 2018 9,560 1,311,173
9 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Sega November 1, 2019 8,774 248,507
10 Splatoon 2 Nintendo July 21, 2017 8,055 3,288,270
11 Super Mario Maker 2 Nintendo June 28, 2019 6,336 834,218
12 Tsuri Spirits Nintendo Switch Version Bandai Namco Entertainment July 25, 2019 5,233 372,933
13 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Nintendo March 3, 2017 5,103 1,498,038
14 New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Nintendo January 11, 2019 3,440 765,470
15 Super Robot Wars X Bandai Namco Entertainment Jan-10 3,439 3,439
16 Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Square Enix September 27, 2019 3,183 474,855
17 Disney Tsum Tsum Festival Bandai Namco Entertainment October 10, 2019 3,177 145,659
18 Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo October 27, 2017 3,020 2,060,611
19 Taiko no Tatsujin Nintendo Switch Version! Bandai Namco Entertainment July 19, 2018 2,889 434,679
20 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Atlus November 28, 2019 2,856 53,352


Source: Famitsu, ANN

See also: The Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX and HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Games are Released on Xbox One!

See also: ‘Granblue Fantasy: Versus’ Tops Recent Video Game Rankings in Japan

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