Pokémon is a media franchise owned by the Nintendo and created around 1995. It is the second best selling game franchises and as of April 2008, the series has reached more than 260 million copies. Pokemon is also known as one of the greatest video game franchises ever made. 
Pokémon sales figuresEdit
Releases with more than one million sold units:
|1996||GB||Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green||31.37|
|1998||GB||Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition||14.64 |
|1998||GB||Pokémon Trading Card Game||3.70 |
|1999||GB||Pokémon Gold and Silver||23.10 |
|1999||GB||Pokémon Pinball||5.31 |
|1999||N64||Pokémon Stadium||5.45 |
|1999||N64||Pokémon Snap||3.63 |
|2000||GB||Pokémon Crystal||6.39 |
|2000||N64||Pokémon Stadium 2||2.73 |
|2003||GC||Pokémon Colosseum||2.54 |
|2005||GC||Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness||1.25 |
|2002||GBA||Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire||15.85 |
|2003||GBA||Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire||1.56 |
|2004||GBA||Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen||11.82 |
|2004||GBA||Pokémon Emerald||6.41 |
|2005||GBA||Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team||2.06 |
|2005||DS||Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team||1.98 |
|2006||Wii||Pokémon Battle Revolution||1.53 |
|2006||DS||Pokémon Diamond and Pearl||18.12 |
|2006||DS||Pokémon Ranger||2.12 |
|2007||DS||Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness||4.89 |
|2008||DS||Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia||2.25 |
|2008||DS||Pokémon Platinum||7.59 |
|2009||DS||Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky||1.53 |
|2009||DS||Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver||12.67 |
|2010||DS||Pokémon Black and White||15.42 |
|2010||DS||Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs||1.24 |
|2011||3DS||Pokémon Rumble Blast||1.03 |
|2012||DS||Pokémon Black 2 and White 2||7.81 |
|2013||3DS||Pokémon X and Y||13.29 |
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. 
The first generation of Pokemon consists of the worldwide Editions Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow and Pokemon Green which was only sold in Japan. The Generation sold 32.52 million units.
The second generation consists of Pokemon Gold, Silver and Crystal with 29.39 million units sold.
Heart Gold and Soul Silver are second generation remakes.
The third generation consists of Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald with 22.32 million sold units and the remakes of the first generation Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen with 11.82 million sold units.
The fourth generation consists of Pokemon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum with 24.69 million sold units.
The fifth generation consists two versions of each Pokemon Black and White with 22.18 million sold units.
The sixth generation consists two version of each Pokemon X and Y with about 13 million sold units. In Japan, it has sold about 4.5 million total
Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Edit
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. It has sold 476 thousand in France by the end of December . In Japan, has sold 2.5 million by the end of 2014.
- ↑ Fans Can Actually Become a Pokémon with Two New Nintendo DS Games. Nintendo (2008-04-23). Retrieved on 2008-04-25.
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 http://www.vgchartz.com/gamedb/?name=Pokemon&publisher=&platform=&genre=&minSales=0&results=200 VGChartz database (19.11.2013)
- ↑ http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2014/141030e.pdf
- ↑ "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
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