Pokemon Sun/Moon sell over 14 million units in 2016 alone, X/Y outsell Black/White

Coming from Nintendo's financial release...

During the nine months ended December 31, 2016, the worldwide release of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon generated buzz and led to blockbuster sales of 14.69 million units.

That's not all the good news there is. Pokemon X/Y has now sold more units than Pokemon Black/White, as you can see in the chart below.

Green, Red & Blue: ~30 million (Pre-Virtual Console)
Yellow: 8.86 million (Pre-Virtual Console)
Gold & Silver: 23 million
Crystal: 3.85 million
Ruby & Sapphire: 16.22 million
FireRed & LeafGreen: 11.82 million
Emerald: 6.32 million
Diamond & Pearl: 17.64 million
Platinum: 7.69 million
HeartGold & SoulSilver: 12.72 million
Black & White: 15.62 million
Black 2 & White 2: 7.97 million
X & Y: 16.06 million
Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire: 13.68 million
Sun & Moon: 14.62 million


B/W take me back to a great time in my life (dat nostalgia) But imo the games were trash and I thought X/Y were pretty damn good (I know a lot of people will disagree) so I'm happy to see B/W outshined :p

disclaimer: Black 2 is my favorite Pokemon game behind HG/SS so there's that

Finally, someone who thinks the way I do. I found BW to be so lackluster, and I have never understood the praise the story gets. (My immense dislike of N probably doesn't help, lol.) Likewise, people trash XY and its story, and I honestly felt it was the best in the series thusfar, even above my beloved HGSS (though I don't think anyone will replace Silver as "favorite rival" in my heart). I know I loved XY's story more than SM's. Gen 5 was a really dark time for me, and I considered dropping the series, figuring I was getting "too old" for it. Thankfully, B2W2 were fantastic and saved Gen 5 for me.

People always praise B/W for it's story, but I've never gotten the sentiment. It had some good ideas [pokeball liberation], but it doesn't go anywhere with it. Great [and hard] final battle with Ghetsis, though. And the Gym Leaders coming to ward off Team Plasma was cool.

Basically that last act is good, the rest is very forgettable to me.

... That said, at least it was a concise and passable story [unlike XY, where even Zygarde got more focus than the cover legendaries in the end - not that Zygarde in S/M was a good implementation, mind].

In this regard I'd choose XY over B/W for it's pokemon alone [the later having as many terrible designs as it's really good ones - that's expying Gen 1 for you, though].
But I can't go back to either gameplay wise - I can't play even ORAS anymore after Sun / Moon. It looks and feels so archaic.

BW are by far my favorites rivaled only by SuMo. The music. The new Pokémon. The region. Loved it all so much.

Y is amazing, Sun looks better overworld.
But Y is has better story.

Wonder IF Sun/Moon will sell more when "Wild" Gen 2 is in Pokémon GO?

14 million in ca 44 days/6 weeks? About over 2 million a week!
This could explain why some other AAA-games didn't sell so well this nov/dec!
And IF Star is true then this Gen will sell over 20 million easy

Well, Gen 8 confirmed, practically. I'm so glad to see this series is still doing so well after 20 years. I was a fan ever since the beginning, and I am one of the few players who thinks the series has gotten better with each installment, unlike most of the gen 1 whiners, they just can't admit how improved the series has gotten. I love the modern games so much, that I can't even play the old GB ones anymore, they are just so out dated, and heavily flawed with it's inventory, navigation, and stats.

Sun and Moon were the most refreshing entries in the series, and I want to see how much further the series can go with Switch. I want to see the series jump from it's low res art style to stunning HD. They can start off small with a simple cartoony looking Pokemon game like the 3ds games, but can eventually evolve into a stunning battle simulator game like Stadium, and introduce stunning hd visuals, details, attacks, and physics. I'm still sad we haven't gotten a proper Stadium successor since 2007's Battle Revolution for Wii. Despite it's lack of features, I loved Battle Revolution, is was such a big step up from past battle simulator installments of the franchise. Not only were the lighting/shading, and arenas gorgeous, but the improved attack visuals were amazing. We finally got to see some Pokemon physically attack each other, instead of just posing from one side of the arena, to suddenly jumping to a Pokemon showing pain, without being touched.

Battle Revolution was fun for what it was. It was definitely worth the price.

It's nice to know I'm not the only one who appreciated the game. I would still have the game, if it worked with later Pokemon games, but of course, that would have been impossible. Eventually, when Black version came out, I traded all my Pokemon from Diamond, Platinum, and Soul Silver version over, until I had nothing left to use for Battle Revolution. I had no choice but to sell the game, along with the other previous DS games. It sucks, but I wanted my recent Pokemon to be carried over to the next game. With Pokemon Bank now being a thing, there is no better time to release a new graphic heavy battle simulation game. Pokemon Band and 3ds integration for a Switch Pokemon simulator would be a great combination. It could also offer new rewardable content for Sun and Moon, and vice versa. Let it happen Nintendo. I don't care if it would take more than 2 years to come out, at least let us know one is finally in development. The suspense of another Pokemon Stadium successor is killing me!

Do you think they will return to a PBR experience, or stick with the Pokken experience. Can both coexist?

I think they should coexist. The traditional RPGs should be the main games with an overworld and leveling up system, while the Stadium simulators should be the graphic heavy games for the experienced Pokemon players who want to transfer their data over, and compete in bigger challenges for a more rewarding experience. Pokemon Stadium and the Colosseum games did a decent job at having a rewarding experience for both the handheld and home console owners, as they allowed content to be unlocked between the handheld and home console games. Battle Revolution may have had less of a rewarding experience, but it was still fun to have Pokemon battles with such detail. It would be nice to finally see an HD version of the Stadium experience already. nearly 10 years later is long enough, it is long over due for another simulator, and with the inclusion of HD graphics, 3ds, Switch, and Pokemon Bank, there is no better and easier time for them to finally make another.

So Sun/Moon has officially outsold the Wii U. If Nintendo isn't doing everything possible to get a Pokemon game on Switch by 2018, they don't know what they're doing anymore.


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