For their first week of release in Italy, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet outsold both God of War Ragnarok and FIFA 23. On November 18, the games were globally released as they had been eagerly awaited by fans. The games already appeared to be a great hit owing to franchise-record pre-orders.
The first game in the Pokémon series, developed by Nintendo and Game Freak, was released in 1996. It is without a doubt one of the biggest entertainment franchises with the most loyal followings. The years of heritage still going strong shows the devotion among its audience.
- Pokemon Scarlet and Violet have topped the Italian sales charts putting major games behind.
- Both the games take no.1 and 2 on the sales chart for week 46 with Pokemon Violet taking over.
- The games have recently shown even better sales figures in Japan and the UK.
After the game’s release, it rapidly gained worldwide popularity and had skyrocketing sales figures. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet on the Nintendo Switch have topped the Italian charts according to sales data from week 46, as reported by the Italian sales Twitter account Necroxid.
Despite having a 3-day monitoring period for week 46 when it was released on November 18th, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet managed to outperform the competition.
Italian Charts, Week 46, 2022 (Nov 14 – Nov 20)
1. Pokémon Violet (NS) (NEW)
2. Pokémon Scarlet (NS) (NEW)
3. FIFA23 (PS4) (-)
4. GoWR (PS4) (-2)
5. Pokémon S+V (NS) (NEW)
6. GoWR (PS5) (-5)
7. CODMWII (PS4) (-3)
8. TLoU 2 (PS4) (RE)
9. CODMWII (PS5) (-4)
10. NS Sports (NS) (RE) pic.twitter.com/gt9vktgYV3
— Necroxid (@Necroxid) November 29, 2022
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet even outperformed the big November release, God of War Ragnarok, with these numbers. God of War Ragnarok was topping the Italian charts up until week 45. The PlayStation-exclusive title has now fallen from first to fourth and sixth for the PS4 and PS5 editions, respectively.
FIFA 23 and Call of Duty Modern Warfare II still look strong on charts and don’t seem to escape the top 10 anytime sooner. FIFA 23 has successfully held onto third place for two weeks in a row. Modern Warfare II on the PS4 fell from fourth to eighth place since last week, while the PS5 version fell from fifth to ninth.
We may notice the PS4 versions rising this week with both GoW Ragnarok and MWII’s PS4 versions outselling the PS5 ones, unlike last week.
Anyways, coming back to one of the biggest launches of this year and also the focus of our article, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet also outsold Splatoon 3 And God of War Ragnarok In Japan. The game sold over 2 million units in Japan making an overwhelming entry in one of the top gaming regions.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet together have sold more than 2.5 million copies in retail stores in Japan. This information was made available by the Japanese website Famitsu in their weekly game charts for the week of November 14–20, 2022. Even more amazing is that the game accomplished this in just 3 days.
Even the most prosperous franchises occasionally have difficulties. And Scarlet and Violet present such a challenge for Pokémon. The series’ latest mainline entries have drawn criticism, and it only seems to be getting worse.
Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Are The Series’ Lowest Rated Mainline Titles. Both titles already have quite low critic reviews, and fans are not being very complimentary either. Fans are review-bombing Scarlet and Violet on Metacritic.
Pokémon Scarlet has the lowest user score in the history of the franchise (2.8) on Metacritic. Pokémon Violet, on the other hand, has a slightly higher user rating of 3.3 on Metacritic. The buggy quality of both games has drawn equally scathing criticism from the public.
With all the criticism and low ratings, the games still bomb-shelled the sales charts with Pokemon Scarlet and Violet becoming one of the UK’s biggest game releases of 2022.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have the greatest opening week this year in the UK, up 4% from the previous biggest FIFA 23. Fans seem to have purchased the game despite the technical challenges.
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