Pokemon Sun and Moon were heavily hyped, leaked, teased, and advertised more than most other franchise games to date, and apparently, it paid off. The launch of Pokemon Sun and Moon is officially the best release in franchise history.
Having sold more than 8% units than Black and White during its launch, the previous top dog in the franchise, according to VentureBeat, Sun and Moon have rocketed to the top of the Pokemon charts. Sun and Moon sold almost 2 million copies in the first week, including the double-packs Nintendo offered up.
To put things in perspective, the first series remakes, FireRed and LeafGreen, a potential goldmine for nostalgia sales in 2004, to this day, have only sold about 12 million units. Since its release on November 18th, a month ago, Sun and Moon have sold more than 10 million copies. The sales from the first 3D Pokemon games, Stadium, Stadium 2, and Colosseum, combined barely scratch the numbers that Sun and Moon have hit in a month.
Pokemon is a goliath in the gaming industry, having made more than $57.65 billion in revenue, as of 2015, and selling 280 million units worldwide of related software and games.
Sun apparently sold a bit better than Moon, each taking the 3rd and 4th spot for sales, respectively, and the chart didn’t even include the digital sales for the games.