Pokémon Sword and Shield sales top Gold and Silver

pokemon sword and shield sales

The Pokémon brand is stronger than ever these days thanks to Pokémon GO, the Switch effect, and even a live-action movie. Fans around the world are currently exploring the Sinnoh region in Pokémon Legends: Arceus and nearly 14 million people bought Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl last year. On top of that, Pokémon Sword and Shield have just reached a major sales milestone. The twin Galar games have now outsold Pokémon Gold and Silver.

Pokémon Sword and Shield sales

Nintendo’s latest earnings report shows that Pokémon Sword and Shield sales have reached 23.90 million. That’s enough to put them just past Gold and Silver, which sold 23.70 million copies. Generation 2 sold an additional 6.3 million copies when you include Crystal. Generation 8 doesn’t have an equivalent third game, but it did include two DLC packs. Unfortunately, we don’t have concrete data on the sales for The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, so we can’t do a direct comparison.

Here’s a look at how Pokémon Sword and Shield sales compare to past entries, courtesy of Serebii.

  • Red, Green, and Blue —31.38 million
  • Sword and Shield — 23.90 million
  • Gold and Silver — 23.70 million
  • X and Y — 16.58 million
  • Sun and Moon —16.27 million
  • Ruby and Sapphire — 16.22 million
  • Black and White — 15.64 million
  • Yellow — 14.64 million
  • Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire —14.46 million
  • Let’s Go, Eevee and Let’s Go, Pikachu — 14.33 million
  • Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl — 13.97 million
  • Heart Gold and Soul Silver — 12.72 million
  • Fire Red and Leaf Green — 12.00 million
  • Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon — 8.89 million
  • Black 2 and White 2 — 8.25 million
  • Platinum — 7.693 million
  • Emerald — 7.06 million
  • Crystal —6.30 million

Pokémon Sword and Shield sales are impressive, but nothing compares to Gen 1. The games that started it all have a combined 46.02 million copies sold, and that’s a record that might never be broken.


Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.