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New Pokémon Snap Sales are Four Times of Predecessor In UK

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Sales figures are not yet available for physical UK video games. However, Christopher Dring, Gaming industry journalist, has tweeted that New Pokémon Snap has “comfortably beaten” Returnal on the UK box charts over the weekend. In addition, the sales of New Pokémon Snap are four times more than the original game had in September 2000.

The original Pokémon Snap reached No.9 during its UK launch. However, the Switch is a much better-selling console, so it’s easy to see why the recent game performed phenomenally.

For further comparison, the sales of New Pokémon Snap in the opening week are 2.5 times higher than those of the previous Pokémon spin-off game: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX. This game was a remake of the 2005 games Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team for the Nintendo DS.

New sales of Pokémon Snap
Credit: Nintendo

New Pokémon Snap’s main competition was Returnal, which is the first significant PS5-only title to be released. Returnal’s performance was likely due to a smaller user base, as the PlayStation 5 is still fairly new, especially compared to the Nintendo Switch.

Returnal is also in a niche genre and doesn’t have as much appeal as the New Pokemon Snap, so it’s not exactly fair to compare the two.

The new Pokémon Snap includes more than 200 Pokémon. While in percentage, it pales in comparison to the first game (the original had more than 60 Pokémon out of 151, while now there are almost 900 Pokémon), the game still proves to be a best-seller.

New sales of Pokémon Snap
Credit: Nintendo

Pokémon fans, but not interested in the photography game, still have the remakes of Diamond and Pearl and the spinoff title Pokémon Legends: Arceus to see later this year and early next, respectively.

Pokémon: Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl return to the traditional style of Pokémon games, while Pokémon Legends: Arceus hopes to take the franchise in a new direction.



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