The record-shattering Pokémon Sword and Shield games have never been this cheap before
Nintendo sold two million copies on release day.
There hasn’t been a game in years that’s made as big of a splash as Pokémon Sword and Shield did. When they were released less than three months ago, they immediately zoomed up the charts and became the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch video games of all time, with 2 million copies flying off shelves on the first day. And while both games have been stubbornly priced at their original costs of $60 for weeks (only wavering by $2 or $3 off), we finally have some good news.
Pokémon Sword and Shield are properly on sale now, both discounted by nearly $11 on Amazon — which is the biggest price cut we’ve seen. If you don’t know about the sale on Amazon, though, you might miss it; you’ll only see the discount when you add the games to your cart. Even better? You can also find them discounted on Walmart, and the retailer is offering a free keychain with purchase.
As per usual with the Pokémon series, Game Freak (its developer) released Sword and Shield in tandem, with the two games sharing the same main features. The difference, however, lies in the exclusive Pokémons that you can catch in either game. For instance, the highly anticipated Galarian Ponyta and Rapidash are only found on Shield, whereas Sirfetch’d (yes, the weirdly powerful duck that fights with a green onion) only roams the Galar region on Sword.
And of course, Sword and Shield come with new features that distinguish them from previous installments in the Pokémon series, most controversially the absence of the full Pokédex. While all preceding games in the franchise came with every single Pokémon that ever existed, Sword and Shield culled the list down to only around 400 from more than 800 characters. However, that doesn’t take the fun away from this duo of games, and the open-world adventure that the player goes on is simply beautiful when played on the Switch’s display.
Both Pokémon Sword and Shield are miraculously still in stock at Amazon and Walmart, despite their never-seen-before price cuts. And with the duo’s expansion packs announced less than a month ago, there’s no better time than now to snag a copy of Sword and Shield. Gotta catch ‘em all now — before they both sell out.