Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Becomes Japan’s Second Biggest Switch Launch; Almost 1.4 Million in Three Days

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl has become Japan’s second biggest Nintendo Switch launch, with 1.396 million sold in three days.

As reported by Famitsu (translation: DeepL), the game sold over 1.396 million in three days of release. The original Diamond and Pearl on Nintendo DS made 1.586 million units within its first four days of release. The week of Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl‘s Japanese launch also saw 168,000 Nintendo Switch consoles sold- surpassing the prior week’s 87,000.

The biggest Nintendo Switch launch is still touted as Animal Crossing: New Horizons, with 1.8 million physical copies sold in three days in Japan. Despite its final free update launching earlier this month, there are no signs of it slowing down. GamesIndustry.biz reports Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl was also the second biggest UK boxed game launch of 2021, second to only FIFA 22.


As previously reported, the Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl games are remakes of the 2008 mainline Nintendo DS Pokemon games. Players will head to the Sinnoh region; a land steeped in mythology. This includes a trio of Pokemon living in lakes across the land, and legendary Pokemon said to command time and space. However, Team Galactic seeks to abuse this power for their own gains.

New features include a new version of contests, the Grand Underground having more Pokemon from outside the Sinnoh region for players to catch, and being able to use HM moves without having to teach them to a Pokemon.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl are available now on Nintendo Switch. Those who buy the game before February 21st, 2022 can obtain the Mythical Pokemon Manaphy, and a Pokemon Platinum style outfit.  You can expect our review soon.

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Ryan was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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