Pokemon has hit a major milestone for Nintendo after 21 years. The wildly popular franchise has reached 300 million units sold in total Pokemon sales, with the last big jump being possible due to the release of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon. The first Pokemon games, Pokemon Red and Blue, released in 1996.
As one of the first sorts of games and animes that kids are likely to watch nowadays, the Pokemon franchise is unquestionably one of the most recognizable franchises that Nintendo owns, alongside other franchises like Mario, Metroid, and Legend of Zelda. Each new generation of games often sells millions of copies, and the constantly-increasing number of Pokemon (802 as of this generation) is a running joke among its fanbase. The total Pokemon sales of Ultra Sun and Moon reached 1.2 million, just in Japan, in its first three days of release.
The past few years have likely been one of the most active for the Pokemon franchise, as four (or rather, eight) new Pokemon games have been released from 2013 until now. The X and Y games, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games, and the Sun and Moon games (along with Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon) have come out at a fairly rapid pace, and another Pokemon game will apparently be releasing for the Nintendo Switch sometime next year.
Normally main-line Pokemon games come out in two year gaps, but with each of them getting anywhere from just positive reviews to critical acclaim, it’s no real surprise that total Pokemon sales are so high, even if it’s taken them over 20 years to get to this point.
We don’t really know much about what the next Pokemon game is going to be like, but we do know that it likely won’t be on the Nintendo 3DS, as Nintendo has said that Ultra Sun and Moon are the last Pokemon games that will be on the handheld.
Hopefully they’ll be wrong and players who either can’t afford a Nintendo Switch or aren’t really sold on buying one will still be able to play Pokemon on their handhelds.