Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the new action RPG made exclusively for Nintendo Switch, has now launched globally. Originally announced as part of Pokémon's 25th anniversary, excitement has only grown at the prospect of the first open world-like game in the series with massive sales taking place over the weekend.
Set in the Sinnoh region, it's up to players to explore the Hisui region and help build the land's first Pokédex. As a member of Galaxy Team, you'll work with professor Laventon to scout, survey, battle and capture all Pokémon in the area.
Pre-orders of Pokémon Legends: Arceus skyrocketed across retailers with sales expected to quickly make it into the millions figure over the coming weeks. For reference, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl sold six million copies in its first week alone (via Famitsu (opens in new tab)). Not to mention, reviews for that game were mixed. Legends, on the other hand, is already receiving rave reviews, sitting at an 86 score on Metacritic (opens in new tab) (at the time of writing).
So with that, we've put together a handy guide of retailers that have stock left today and can deliver in the next couple of days, if not sooner. Now get out there and catch em' all.
Why pick up Pokémon Legends: Arceus today
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is The Pokémon Company's first attempt at an open-world Pokémon, with clear inspiration taken from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Monster Hunter. Early reviews have been massively positive, seemingly solidifying the experiment as a success.
The game initially sold out ahead of launch in the US for Amazon (opens in new tab) and will likely be the hot product for at least the next couple of weeks. British retailer Currys confirmed that Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the "most pre-ordered game ever" in its history with a projection of 25,000 copies expected to be purchased on launch day.
"The latest edition of the game has broken Currys’ record for the most pre-ordered game of all time with over 9,000 units being ordered days before the game launches this week," said Currys head of gaming Nick Hayden. Check out the latest trailer below if you need further convincing:
Personally, I had little interest in Pokémon Legends: Arceus following the remakes of Diamond/Pearl, but my excitement has only grown over time with the latest gameplay footage and high early reviews score quickly pushing this into a must-play on release. That is if I can secure a copy!
You can also find a selection of online retailers that have any copies left below: