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 279 million video game software units as of 2015. It is also one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time, having earned ¥4.6 trillion ($57.65 billion) in revenue, as of 2015.
Pokémon sales figures
Releases with more than one million sold units:
|2000||Pokémon Stadium 2||N64||2.54|||
|2004||Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen||GBA||12.00|||
|2005||Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness||GC||1.37|||
|2006||Pokémon Battle Revolution||Wii||1.95|||
|2009||Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver||DS||12.72|||
|2010||Pokémon Black and White||DS||15.60|||
|2012||Pokémon Black 2 and White 2||DS||8.52|||
|2013||Pokémon X and Y||3DS||14.98|||
|2014||Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire||3DS||12.24|||
|1998||GB||Pokémon Trading Card Game||3.7|||
|2003||GBA||Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire||1.37|||
|2005||GBA||Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team||2.36|||
|2005||DS||Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team||3.49|||
|2007||DS||Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness||4.88|||
|2008||DS||Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia||2.35|||
|2009||DS||Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky||1.49|||
|2010||Wii||PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure||1.25|||
|2010||DS||Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs||1.53|||
|2011||3DS||Pokémon Rumble Blast||1.38|||
|2013||3DS||Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity||1.32|||
|2015||3DS||Super Pokémon Mystery Dungeon||1.22|||
|2016||Wii U||Pokkén Tournament||1.00+|||
By 1998, the Pokemon franchise was worth $4 billion in Japan.  By 1999, Pokemon was generating revenues of nearly ¥400 billion ($3.28 billion) annually.  By 2002, the franchise was worth ¥1 trillion ($9.69 billion), including ¥98 billion ($950 million) from software sales, in Japan. 
Worldwide, the franchise was worth ¥2 trillion  (nearly $20 billion) by 2001. By 2002, the franchise was worth ¥3 trillion  (over $26 billion), and had sold $15 billion in merchandise worldwide. 
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.  By 2013, the Pokemon franchise had earned ¥4 trillion in revenue, 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.
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.
The second generation consists of Pokemon Gold, Silver and Crystal with 29.49 million units sold.
HeartGold and SoulSilver are second generation remakes.
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.
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
The fifth generation consists two versions of each Pokemon Black and White with 24.12 million sold units.
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
This remake of the third generation was fairly 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 . 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.
- ↑ http://kotaku.com/the-total-sales-for-pokemon-are-staggering-1765436058
- ↑ Fans Can Actually Become a Pokémon with Two New Nintendo DS Games. Nintendo (2008-04-23). Retrieved on 2008-04-25.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Pokémon in Figures (September 30, 2015). Retrieved on 13 January 2016.
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24 4.25 4.26 4.27 Nintendo software and hardware sales data from 1983 to present, December 2014
- ↑ Financial Results Briefing for Fiscal Year Ended March 2016. Nintendo (April 28, 2016). Retrieved on May 1, 2016.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 IR Information : Sales Data - Top Selling Software Sales Units - Nintendo DS Software
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/sales/software/3ds.html
- ↑ https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2016/160427_4e.pdf
- ↑ http://www.siliconera.com/2016/08/18/pokkn-tournament-surpasses-one-million-worldwide-shipments
- ↑ http://cjonline.com/stories/082798/com_pokemon0827.shtml#.VRWcwfnF-bE
- ↑ 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
- ↑ "Pokemon X · Y" is released on October 12, 2013, Famitsu
- ↑ http://www.lefigaro.fr/secteur/high-tech/2015/01/22/01007-20150122ARTFIG00382-nintendo-premier-vendeur-de-jeux-video-en-france.php