The company announced on Tuesday that Pokémon X/Y for the 3DS sold an impressive 4 million copies worldwide during its first 48 hours of availability.
“The early response to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y not only reaffirms the ongoing passion of Pokémon fans, but also indicates that an entirely new generation of gamers is eager to experience the franchise for itself,” Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said in a statement.
Whether the majority of players are old-school Pokemon fans or their kids doesn’t really matter, because Pokémon has found a way to be among gaming’s most reliable moneymakers pretty much since day one. Incidentally, that day took place some 17 years ago. Man, I’m old.
To nail home the franchise’s insane success, Nintendo released a list of Pokémon's greatest sellers over the years:
- Pokémon Diamond/Pearl (DS) – 17.63 million
- Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire (Game Boy Advance) – 16.22 million
- Pokémon Black/White (DS) – 15.42 million
- Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver (DS) – 12.67 million
- Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen (Game Boy Advance) – 12 million
If Pokémon X/Y sales keep up, it will certainly earn a spot on that list. Life to date, the franchise has sold over 245 million games, second only to Nintendo’s own Mario franchise.
- Arts & Entertainment