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Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the second fastest selling Switch game in Japan, and stands a chance of achieving the same accolade globally.


According to new figures reported by Famitsu, physical sales of Pokémon Legends: Arceus hit 1.43 million copies within three days of release in Japan. This lags a little behind Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which is the fastest-selling game in Japan thanks to moving 1.88 million copies in three days.


In comparison, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl sold almost 1.4 million copies, and Sword and Shield shifted 1.36 million in the same period.

Sales figures for other territories have yet to be announced, but other numbers do offer good signs that Pokémon Legends: Arceus may also be the second fastest-selling Switch game globally, too. Just a few days ago, it was reported that Arceus is the fourth biggest Pokémon retail launch of all time in the UK, at least in regards to physical sales. It debuted at number one in the UK sales charts, and accounted for almost 50% of boxed sales in the week.


Figures from NPD, which tracks sales in the US, will help further clarify Pokémon Legends: Arceus' performance when they are released.

If you’re someone who’s already joined the legion of players, be sure to check out our Pokémon Legends: Arceus guide. If you're on the fence about getting involved, why not read our Pokémon Legends: Arceus review? And for more from Nintendo, take a look at Nintendo’s latest stance on acquisitions and the news that Switch has outsold the Wii.


Matt Purslow is IGN's UK News and Entertainment Writer.

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