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Pokémon is a media franchise owned by Nintendo and created around 1995. It is the second best-selling game franchise worldwide, having sold more than 289 million video game software units as of 2016,[n 1] in addition to more than 600 million mobile downloads.[4] It is one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time, having earned ¥4.6 trillion ($57.65 billion) in revenue, as of 2015.[5]

Pokémon sales figures

Releases with more than one million sold units:

Main Entries

Year Titles Platforms Sales
(millions)
Notes
1996 Pokémon Red/Green/Blue/Yellow 47.52
  • Red/Green/Blue (GB) - 31.38 million[6]
  • Yellow (GB) - 14.64 million[6]
  • Red/Green/Blue/Yellow (VC) - 1.5 million[7]
1999 Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal GBC 29.49
  • Gold & Silver (GBC) - 23.1 million[6]
  • Crystal (GBC) - 6.39 million[6]
1999 Pokémon Stadium N64 5.46 [6]
2000 Pokémon Stadium 2 N64 2.54 [6]
2002 Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald GBA 22.54
  • Ruby & Sapphire (GBA) - 16.22 million[6]
  • Emerald (GBA) - 6.32 million[6]
2003 Pokémon Colosseum GC 2.41 [6]
2004 Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen GBA 12.00 [6]
2005 Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness GC 1.37 [6]
2006 Pokémon Battle Revolution Wii 1.95 [6]
2006 Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum DS 25.23
  • Diamond & Pearl - 17.63 million[8]
  • Platinum - 7.6 million[6]
2009 Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver DS 12.72 [8]
2010 Pokémon Black and White DS 15.60 [8]
2012 Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 DS 8.52 [6]
2013 Pokémon X and Y 3DS 15.64 [9]
2014 Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire 3DS 13.18 [9]
2016 Pokémon Sun and Moon 3DS 10 [10]

Spinoffs

Year Platform Title Sales
(millions)
Reference
1998 GB Pokémon Trading Card Game 3.7 [6]
1999 GB Pokémon Pinball 5.31 [6]
1999 N64 Pokémon Snap 3.63 [6]
2003 GBA Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire 1.37 [6]
2005 GBA Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team 2.36 [6]
2005 DS Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team 3.49 [6]
2006 DS Pokémon Ranger 2.93 [6]
2007 DS Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness 4.88 [6]
2008 DS Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia 2.35 [6]
2009 DS Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky 1.49 [6]
2010 Wii PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure 1.25 [6]
2010 DS Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs 1.53 [6]
2011 3DS Pokémon Rumble Blast 1.38 [6]
2013 3DS Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity 1.32 [6]
2015 3DS Super Pokémon Mystery Dungeon 1.22  [11]
2016 Wii U Pokkén Tournament 1 [12]
Year Platform Title Downloads
(millions)
Reference
2016
  • iOS
  • Android
Pokémon Go 600 [4]

Revenue

By 1998, the Pokemon franchise was worth $4 billion in Japan[13] By 1999, Pokemon was generating revenues of nearly ¥400 billion ($3.28 billion) annually. [1] By 2002, the franchise was worth ¥1 trillion ($9.69 billion), including ¥98 billion ($950 million) from software sales, in Japan. [2]

Worldwide, the franchise was worth ¥2 trillion [3] (nearly $20 billion) by 2001. By 2002, the franchise was worth ¥3 trillion [14] (over $26 billion), and had sold $15 billion in merchandise worldwide. [4]

By 2005, Pokemon had become one of the biggest media franchises of all time, grossing $30 billion worldwide, from video games, anime, trading cards, and a theme park in Nagoya, Japan. [5] By 2013, the Pokemon franchise had earned ¥4 trillion in revenue,[15] equivalent to $50.13 billion.

By 2015, the Pokemon franchise had earned ¥4.6 trillion in revenue, equivalent to $57.65 billion. From this amount, ¥74.11 billion ($927.43 million) was grossed from the the Pokemon movies, while the rest of the earnings were from the video games, trading card game, licensed products, and animated TV shows.[5]

First generation

The first generation of Pokemon consists of the worldwide Editions Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow and Pokemon Green which was only sold in Japan. This Generation sold 46.02 million units.

FireRed and LeafGreen are first generation remakes.

Second generation

The second generation consists of Pokemon Gold, Silver and Crystal with 29.49 million units sold.

HeartGold and SoulSilver are second generation remakes.

Third generation

The third generation consists of Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald with 22.54 million sold units and the remakes of the first generation Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen with 12 million sold units.

Fourth generation

The fourth generation consists of Pokemon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum with 25.23 million sold units and the remakes of the second generation Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver with 12.72 million sold units

Fifth generation

The fifth generation consists two versions of each Pokemon Black and White with 24.12 million sold units.

Sixth generation

The sixth generation consists two version of each Pokemon X and Y with 14.46 million sold units. In Japan, it has sold about 4.5 million total

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, a remake of the third generation, was successful. Pre-orders were ahead of X&Y and launch sales have been good. In America, the game has sold 2.6 million with versions combined as of the end of December and 2.9 million by the end of February. It has sold 476 thousand in France by the end of December [16]. In Japan, has sold 2.5 million by the end of 2014. They exceeded 10 million by September 2015. In May 2016, the game exceeded 3 million in Europe.

Pokemon Go is based off this generation and has broken most records in relation to mobile charts including being #1 in top grossing in the most countries as well as fastest to hit $600 million in revenue[17].

Seventh generation

The seventh generation consists of Pokemon Sun and Moon. Due to the preceding hype built by a Superbowl Commercial, rereleases of the original games on digital storefronts, and Pokemon Go, it surpasses Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire as Nintendo's most preordered game. In November 2016, the games have sold 3.7 million in the Americas and 1.5 million in Europe, becoming Nintendo's fastest seller titles ever. If Japanese numbers, the games sold about 7.5 million copies in 2 weeks.

Notes

  1. Pokémon:
    • 1996-2015 - 279 million[1][2]
    • Pokémon Sun and Moon (2016) - 10 million[3]


References

  1. http://kotaku.com/the-total-sales-for-pokemon-are-staggering-1765436058
  2. Fans Can Actually Become a Pokémon with Two New Nintendo DS Games. Nintendo (2008-04-23). Retrieved on 2008-04-25.
  3. http://gamingbolt.com/pokemon-sun-and-moon-ships-10-million-units-for-launch-day
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://www.kotaku.com.au/2016/11/pokemon-go-hits-600-million-downloads/
  5. 5.0 5.1 Pokémon in Figures (September 30, 2015). Retrieved on 13 January 2016.
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.17 6.18 6.19 6.20 6.21 6.22 6.23 6.24 6.25 6.26 6.27 Nintendo software and hardware sales data from 1983 to present, December 2014
  7. Financial Results Briefing for Fiscal Year Ended March 2016. Nintendo (April 28, 2016). Retrieved on May 1, 2016.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 IR Information : Sales Data - Top Selling Software Sales Units - Nintendo DS Software
  9. 9.0 9.1 http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/sales/software/3ds.html
  10. http://gamingbolt.com/pokemon-sun-and-moon-ships-10-million-units-for-launch-day
  11. https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2016/160427_4e.pdf
  12. http://www.siliconera.com/2016/08/18/pokkn-tournament-surpasses-one-million-worldwide-shipments
  13. http://cjonline.com/stories/082798/com_pokemon0827.shtml#.VRWcwfnF-bE
  14. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:luusVx6u6asJ:pubs.media.mit.edu/pubs/papers/sprie-ppp-e0509.doc+&cd=22&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk
  15. "Pokemon X · Y" is released on October 12, 2013, Famitsu
  16. http://www.lefigaro.fr/secteur/high-tech/2015/01/22/01007-20150122ARTFIG00382-nintendo-premier-vendeur-de-jeux-video-en-france.php
  17. http://venturebeat.com/2016/10/20/pokemon-go-is-the-fastest-mobile-game-to-hit-600-million-in-revenues/


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