Surprise! Pokémon is selling pretty well

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The latest games in the Pokémon series, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are out in the US and Japan. In the three days since they’ve been available at retail, they’ve sold a combined total of over 3 million copies. That’s despite essentially being remakes of older games.

According to Japan’s Gematsu, about  1,534,593 of those sales come from the land of the rising sun, with the rest made up of US and Australian sales. The game has yet to be released here and in Europe, so expect the number to go up quite a bit by Friday. That’s really not bad going. The last Pokermans sold 4 million copies within two days of availability, but that was a result of a simultaneous global launch. Pokémon X and Y  have now gone on to sell more than 12 million copies worldwide. Nintendo’s Wii U might not be doing as well as anyone had hoped, but the company’s going to be just fine.

And honestly? I don’t get it. Yes, X and Y added some fancy 3D, but the core of the Pokémon experience has been exactly the same since the first games launched in the 90’s. I played the heck out of Red and Blue, and have had very little desire to play any other games in the series for more than about an hour before boredom threatens to take me away.

Will you be picking up Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire when they’re available this Friday, or do they contain a little too much water for your liking?

Last Updated: November 26, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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