The sales numbers are not yet out for UK physical video games. However, Christopher Dring, Games Industry journalist, has tweeted that New Pokémon Snap has “comfortably beat” Returnal in the UK Boxed Charts over the weekend. Furthermore, New Pokémon Snap sales are four times more than what the original game had in September 2000.
The original Pokémon Snap reached No. 9 during its release in the UK. However, the Switch is a much higher selling console, so it’s easy to see why the recent game performed phenomenally.
For further comparison, New Pokémon Snap sales in the opening week are 2.5 times bigger than 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 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 when compared to the Nintendo Switch.
Returnal is also in a niche genre and doesn’t have as much of a wide appeal as New Pokemon Snap, so it’s not exactly fair to compare the two.
New Pokémon Snap features over 200 Pokémon. While percentage-wise, it pales in comparison to the first game (the original had over 60 Pokémon out of 151, while there are now nearly 900 Pokémon), the game still proves to be a success in sales.
Fans of Pokémon but not interested in the photography game still have the Diamond and Pearl remakes and the spin-off title Pokémon Legends: Arceus to look forward to later this year and early next year, respectively.
Pokémon: Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl go back to the traditional style of Pokémon games while Pokémon Legends: Arceus hopes to take the franchise in a new direction.