- Pokemon Sword and Shield seems to be doing well despite being surrounded by controversy.
- The games sold insanely well in opening weeks and boosted UK Switch sales by 30%.
- These impressive sales and scores will probably prevent any changes coming to the series in the future.
It feels like every article about Pokemon Sword and Shield starts out with the backlash. During the last year, the Pokemon Sword and Shield games were hit with wave after wave of criticism. Some of that criticism was understandable and very valid. Unfortunately, the valid complaints were just completely drowned out by the angry whining.
Despite various controversies, from cutting the dex to lying about using new models, Sword and Shield appears to be doing damn well. They’ve come out to a pretty positive critical reception on most fronts. Even better than that, they have sold insanely well, even boosting Nintendo Switch sales by 30% in the UK.
Why Didn’t the Complaints Have an Effect?
Many people will be wondering why these controversies didn’t negatively affect sales. Mainly this seems to be because there was a lot of promise behind Pokemon Sword and Shield. The changes that made so many mad were there to help change the formula of the series. Things had been getting stale, and people wanted to see if Game Freak could make it feel fresh again.
Whether or not you were in the quietly optimistic camp or the vocally outraged camp matters very little these days. Both sets of people seem to have bought the game. Even if you take to Twitter to complain about it after the fact, that isn’t going to get through to Game Freak.
Many people claimed that ‘voting with your wallet’ wouldn’t make a difference. They say that Pokemon Sword and Shield would sell a ton of copies…