We saw the Pokémon anime reach its 1000th episode on November 9th, but as December draws near the franchise has broken through an even bigger milestone. Chatting to Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, The Pokémon Company revealed that its video games have shipped over 300 million copies across the series’ 21-year history.
This mind boggling figure takes into account physical and download sales for 76 separate titles. Of course, this includes the core games beginning with Pokémon Red and Blue in 1996, but also counts outlier releases such as the PokéPark series and Pokémon Conquest. Pokémon Go didn’t appear to poke its nose into the party, but as a free-to-play game it’s unlikely to have factored into any sales equation.
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon did factor into the figures in a big way, however. Released on November 17th, they proceeded to sell over 1.2 million copies in their first three days on shelves in Japan alone. As the games wish the 3DS system farewell with this latest pair, preparing to take its cute critter catching adventures to the Nintendo Switch, they’re surely safe to carry their legacy into the years to come. And long may the Trainers reign.