Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are the fast-selling Nintendo games ever in the Americas the company announced today.
The 3DS games in the popular franchise were already the most pre-ordered. Now they’re outselling all of Nintendo’s many previous releases.
According to Nintendo, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon have sold a combined total of 3.7 million units in under two weeks, an 85% increase over the previous record-holders, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, during the same period in 2013.
“With these huge sales figures, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon have proved themselves as two of the hottest video games to buy this holiday season,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, who I always love to quote because of his incredibly fitting last name. “With great reviews and outstanding fan response, these next iterations in the Pokémon series are sure to please any player in the family.”
Forbes gave Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon a whopping 9/10, calling the games “a fresh take on a classic and incredibly compelling formula.”
Certainly some of the success can be attributed to stellar reviews and word-of-mouth. I wonder, though: How much of a factor was Pokémon GO? That mobile sensation took the world by storm this summer, and introduced (or re-introduced) millions of gamers to the franchise. Nintendo’s 3DS version is, of course, far better and far more in-depth than the mobile hit, but the one may very well have helped the other succeed.
If so, that’s exactly what Nintendo is aiming for with its new push into mobile. All the kids are playing on phones and tablets, but if they really like the new Pokémon mobile game, or Super Mario Run
maybe they’ll get a 3DS or a Nintendo Switch and start buying Nintendo’s more expensive software on proprietary Nintendo hardware.
Whatever the case, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are on track to be a major hit for Nintendo and the Pokémon Company, and a delight for gamers everywhere.
Much to my chagrin, the games are still on my “to-play” list. My backlog is as backed up as ever in this busy, busy holiday season. Oh the humanity!
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