Today’s financial briefing from Nintendo has revealed impressive numbers for the newest iterations in the Pokémon series, Pokémon Sun and Moon. The generation seven games sold 15.44 million copies to date worldwide; that’s since its release in late November. It made up close to a quarter of total 3DS software sales (66 million). For comparison, the second best selling title on the 3DS, Super Mario Maker, sold only 2.34 million in the last year.
It’s on track to outsell both sets of sixth generation Pokémon games as well. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire sold 1.9 million copies in the past year, with lifetime sales of 13.74 million. Pokémon X and Y has lifetime sales of 16.11 million, but only sold 1.41 million in the past year. Incidentally, Pokémon Sun and Moon are already the second best selling 3DS titles; third place goes to Mario Kart 7.
Pokémon GO was a financial success for Nintendo as well, turning over a ~$180 million profit for the company. This doesn’t include money Niantic makes from it.
Nintendo recognised approximately ~$180 million in profit from Pokemon Go alone.
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) April 27, 2017
Curiously, Nintendo also released estimates for the next financial year (ending 31st March 2018), expecting 40 million software sales to eventuate on the 3DS. Are there any plans for another Pokémon title to be among the new titles for the 3DS?
Edited by Jake.