How Pokemon Sun/Moon Launch Sales Compare to X/Y in Japan

Physical sales are down slightly.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon are apparently off to a huge start in Japan. According to Famitsu (via Kotaku), Pokemon Sun and Moon sold 1,905,107 copies at retail over its first three days.

For comparison, Pokemon X and Y reportedly sold 1,866,570 copies in Japan in its first two days on the market. Again, this number does not include digital copies. According to Famitsu, Pokemon X and Y managed to sell 2.096 million copies in its first three days, ahead of Sun and Moon.

Even though Sun and Moon sales may be lagging behind X and Y slightly, 1.905 million copies sold stands as the second best launch ever for a 3DS game in Japan.

Nintendo has yet to announce official sales numbers for Pokemon Sun and Moon for Japan or any other worldwide market. We'll report back when official numbers are released.

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Strong sales for Sun and Moon would be no surprise, given that Nintendo announced that it shipped 10 million copies of the game to retail for launch, which is 1.5 times the figure for X and Y. Additionally, the game set a preorder record for Nintendo, while the game's free demo broke records as well.

Sun and Moon are the first mainline Pokemon games to come out since Pokemon Go's record-setting release in July. There is no doubt that the game's status as a global phenomenon has raised awareness for the Pokemon brand overall.

For more on Sun and Moon, check out GameSpot's review and what other critics are saying. If you're deciding which version to pick up, check out GameSpot's breakdown of the two editions here.

In other news, a recent report claimed that a version of Pokemon Sun and Moon is coming to the Nintendo Switch console.

2016 is the 20th anniversary of the Pokemon series, as the first games debuted in 1996. Nintendo has celebrated the milestone with a Super Bowl commercial, a party hosted by Drew Barrymore, and with free mythical Pokemon.

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It would not surprise me if Pokemon go got a number of people who never played or used to play Pokemon go out and buy a 3DS to play Sun/Moon.

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@syntaxkt: Maybe some but I doubt it's a substantial number. The vast majority of people that only game on phones are completely content with that, they have no desire to buy other stuff, and even if they did it's hard to imagine them buying anything that doesn't run Android or iOS.

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@hystavito: The sales figures say otherwise.

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@desdar300: If you look at 3DS sales numbers there is a small increase Between July and September, but almost the exact same increase has happened at that exact same time for the last 3 years. It's probably something to do with seasons/time of year/school breaks/etc. rather than Pokemon Go.

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Honestly, I wouldn't credit Pokemon Go with anything. It was huge, but it was also so disappointing in the long run that it may have turned more people away from the franchise than it drew in.

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@Holoogamooga_: That isn't true. GO was the reason the 3ds Pokémon games saw a big boost in sales and data shows that over 17% of the people that bought SM were new to the franchise.