Nintendo Hit Sales Record with New Pokémon Games

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by Ibukun Ogundare · 3 min read
Nintendo Hit Sales Record with New Pokémon Games
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Within the first three days of their global launch, the sales of the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet games for the Nintendo Switch surpassed 10 million units.

Video game company Nintendo saw a record sale with the launch of the Pokémon games. The company announced that the games set the record sale, representing the highest level of sales for a game’s debut in its history. The games titled Pokémon Scarlet and Violet launched on the 18th of November and have been making waves since then. The Pokémon company unveiled the new games in a live-streamed event on the 27th of February. The video game maker referred to the games as “an open world adventure,” while developer Game Freak said they “take a new evolutionary step in the Pokémon main series.”

Nintendo Sees Sales Record with Sales of Pokémon Games

Within the first three days of their global launch, the sales of the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet games for the Nintendo Switch surpassed 10 million units. Compared to other games, the newly launched ones are different as they are open-world games.

“Players can explore an open world where various towns with no borders blend seamlessly into the wilderness Pokémon can be seen everywhere in this wide-open world – in the skies, in the sea, and on the streets. As one of the main characters, trainers will jump into the world of Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet to begin their adventure, where they will have a different outfit depending on which game they are playing.”

The video games industry is one of those that benefited from the global lockdown. The industry boomed in 2020 and 2021 as people spent their time playing home video games due during the stay-home period. However, with the world returning to normalcy and embracing the new norm, it is beginning to affect giants like Nintendo, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), and Sony (NYSE: SONY).

The CEO of Kantan Games, Serkan Toto, commented on the impact of the Pokémon games on Nintendo.

“With the new Pokémon, Nintendo achieved a rare feat among all video game companies: scoring two blockbusters in a difficult 2022 for the industry. Sure, Pokémon is almost always a safe bet, but the new title has exceeded expectations, just like Splatoon 3 did earlier this year.”

The sales of Splatoon 3 in Japan skyrocket to more than 3.45 million units within three days of launch, causing Nintendo shares to add 5%. The company’s shares have been doing well for many reasons, including the recent blockbusters. The 10-for-1 stock split also contributed to the boost. Additionally, the company has a solid game pipeline, and its consumers are expectant. It appears it is the hot season for gaming companies. Sony also sold 5.1 million copies of its God of War Ragnarok in the first week of unveiling. The sale was the fastest-selling debut of any first-party game for the company.

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Ibukun Ogundare

Ibukun is a crypto/finance writer interested in passing relevant information, using non-complex words to reach all kinds of audience. Apart from writing, she likes to see movies, cook, and explore restaurants in the city of Lagos, where she resides.

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