Pokémon games have always been a license to print money for Nintendo. This year, they very may well be drowning in fat stacks o’ cash. According to a press release via Famitsu, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire has shipped 7.7 million units worldwide. Not sold mind you, but shipped. Still, this is rather good news for the colour-coded remakes.
The kicker here, is that the game has done especially well in Europe, with week one sales being stronger than Hulkamania. In fact, the duo of games say an increase of 135% when compared to the launch of Pokémon X and Y last year. Which is good news for the franchise then. Retails sales in Japan alone, are around 1.86 million units sold as it is. In terms of overall revenue alone, Nintendo is looking at $308 million in revenue over a pair of weeks, according to those numbers. Even when various costs are factored in, that equates a whole lot of moolah.
It also most likely means that the older games will get the inevitable remaster as well. Which at this point, I don’t mind at all. Diamond and Pearl would most likely be next for the 3D treatment, the generation that I didn’t exactly enjoy too much. In fact, the fourth generation Pokémon games may just be the very worst in my book. But if a 3D remake along the lines of Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire is on the cards, maybe that could spruce up the least exciting of Pokémon games.
Last Updated: December 4, 2014