The latest entries in the venerable Pokémon franchise, Pokémon Sun and Moon, were announced on Wednesday to have shipped over 10 million units in the initial shipment. As Wall Street Journal technology reporter Takashi Mochizuki relays over Twitter, the “Pokémon Co. says [it’s the] biggest-ever initial shipment for 3DS platform”. This news arrives after Nintendo’s recent announcement that the two products are the company’s most pre-ordered video games of all time. Over 3.5 million players have downloaded the respective demos for the game, making it the most downloaded trial on the 3DS platform.
As the seventh generation of Pokémon games, Sun and Moon aim to appeal to a wider audience after the massive commercial success of Pokemon GO, a mobile app for smartphones. Some added features to these entries include the Poké Ride system (an easier way to perform special moves), a tweaked progression system (no more traditional gyms), and QR code integration. Many of these features are intended to make the games more accessible to all types of gamers, especially those who haven’t played recent, mainline entries in the series.
It appears that interest in the Pokémon series is at an all time high, with the recent occurrence of the franchise’s 20th anniversary and launch of Pokémon GO contributing to the renewed fascination. While the series has always remained a strong selling point for Nintendo hardware, fans of the games have been apt to voice their concerns about the lack of changes its tried-and-true formula. I’m hopeful that these new games will satisfy those who have strayed away for those reasons, with brand new features and quality improvements aiming to reinvent the formula more than ever before.
[Source: Takashi Mochizuki]