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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.[1]

Pokémon sales figuresEdit

Releases with more than one million sold units:

Main Entries Edit

Year Platform Title Sales
(in millions)
1996 GB Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green 31.38 [2]
1998 GB Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition 14.64 [2]
1999 GB Pokémon Gold and Silver 23.10 [2]
1999 N64 Pokémon Stadium 5.46 [2]
2000 GBC Pokémon Crystal 6.39 [2]
2000 N64 Pokémon Stadium 2 2.54 [2]
2002 GBA Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire 16.22 [2]
2003 GC Pokémon Colosseum 2.41 [2]
2004 GBA Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen 12.00 [2]
2004 GBA Pokémon Emerald 6.32 [2]
2005 GC Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness 1.37 [2]
2006 Wii Pokémon Battle Revolution 1.95 [2]
2006 DS Pokémon Diamond and Pearl 17.63 [2]
2008 DS Pokémon Platinum 7.60 [2]
2009 DS Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver 12.72 [2]
2010 DS Pokémon Black and White 15.60 [2]
2012 DS Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 8.52 [2]
2013 3DS Pokémon X and Y 13.85 [3]
2014 3DS Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire 9.94 [3]

Spinoffs Edit

Year Platform Title Sales
(in millions)
1998 GB Pokémon Trading Card Game 3.70 [2]
1999 GB Pokémon Pinball 5.31 [2]
1999 N64 Pokémon Snap 3.63 [2]
2003 GBA Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire 1.37 [2]
2005 GBA Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team 2.20 [2]
2005 DS Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team 3.49 [2]
2006 DS Pokémon Ranger 2.93 [2]
2007 DS Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness 4.88 [2]
2008 DS Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia 2.35 [2]
2009 DS Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky 1.49 [2]
2010 Wii PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure 1.25 [2]
2010 DS Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs 1.53 [2]
2011 3DS Pokémon Rumble Blast 1.35 [2]
2013 3DS Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity 1.27 [2]

RevenueEdit

By 1998, the Pokemon franchise was worth $4 billion in Japan[4] 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 [5] (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 as much as ¥4 trillion in revenue,[6] equivalent to $50.13 billion.

First generationEdit

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.

FireRed and LeafGreen are first generation remakes.

Second generationEdit

The second generation consists of Pokemon Gold, Silver and Crystal with 29.39 million units sold.

HeartGold and SoulSilver are second generation remakes.

Third generationEdit

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.

Fourth generationEdit

The fourth generation consists of Pokemon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum with 24.69 million sold units and the remakes of the second generation Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver with 12.72 million sold units.

Fifth generationEdit

The fifth generation consists two versions of each Pokemon Black and White with 22.18 million sold units.

Sixth generationEdit

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 and 2.9 million by the end of February. It has sold 476 thousand in France by the end of December [7]. In Japan, has sold 2.5 million by the end of 2014.

References Edit


Best selling franchises
Best selling franchises · Highest grossing franchises

Mario · Pokemon · Street Fighter · Grand Theft Auto · Call of Duty · Sonic the Hedgehog · Final Fantasy · Madden NFL · The Legend of Zelda · Gran Turismo · Resident Evil · Halo · Metal Gear Solid · (more)

See also: Best selling games · Best selling franchises
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Famitsu Japan sales through October 2008 (courtesy Chart Get!)

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