The Pokemon Company have released new information to the latest total sales of Nintendo’s second biggest franchise, Pokemon. The main series (not counting spin-offs like Pokemon Snap, Poke Park or Pokken Tournament) have sold over 200 million copies worldwide since its debut with Pokemon Red and Blue/Green version back in 1996. With Spin-off games included the total sales would be over 297 million units. The numbers is quite immense collectively but no generation of Pokemon games have managed to outsell the likes of Pokemon Red and Blue/Green version and will be harder still what with the virtual console release of said games though there is no doubt that upcoming games Pokemon Sun and Moon will be very popular with a good number of sales.
The Pokemon Company are also doing exceptionally well with the Pokemon trading card series, which is still in production and has reportedly shipped more than 21.5 billion cards worldwide to 74 different countries and regions. Because many people are still collecting the trading cards today, Nintendo is hoping they can attract some of the older fans back to the card game by re-releasing the original cards which are available in special reprint packs. If the physical card game is not your thing, The Pokemon Company have also made the experience playable virtually by releasing the trading card game on PC and iPad.
There have been 18 Pokemon movies released to date and they have also been a great success for The Pokemon Company, grossing in sales ¥76.72 billion ($689 million). The 19th movie, “Volcanion and the Ingenious Magearna” is planned for release later on in the year and is to feature the two previously unseen creatures named in the title; Volcanion and Magearna. The former will be leaving its mark in the Pokemon history books as the first and only creature in the series so far to be both fire/water type.
With 2016 off to a good start with the Pokemon 20th anniversary, the re-release of Pokemon Red, Blue/Green and Yellow on the 3DS Virtual Console, the launch of Pokken Tournament and ending the year with Pokemon Sun & Moon. I am we will be graced with another update of even more astounding proportions of the Sales of one of our beloved and most cherished franchises, Pokemon. If you have any thoughts or comments, please leave them in the comments section below.