Posted on September 6, 2007, Shawn Sines Wii and Nintendo DS Sales Drive Pokemon Popularity
Pokemon games with their cute monsters and multiplayer features have been popular from the start. However the success of the Nintendo Wii and DS have turned what might have been a passing fad into a household name.
Here are some amazing statistics driving Pokemania to new heights.
- According to the independent NPD Group, through July Pokemon Diamond is the best-selling video game of the year on any system, while Pokemon Pearl ranks No. 3.
- The newly released Pokemon Battle Revolution already ranks at No. 5 on the list of best-selling Wii games for the year.
- Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl for Nintendo DS have sold more than 3 million copies in the United States alone.
- Pokemon games have helped boost sales of Nintendo hardware. According to the NPD Group, Wii and Nintendo DS were again the two best-selling video game systems in the United States in July.
“These hard numbers show that the Pokemon franchise and Nintendo’s systems are striking a chord with players of all ages and drawing in huge numbers of new players year after year,” says George Harrison, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. “But anecdotally we’re also seeing that these new Pokemon games are appealing to older players, the same ones who played the original Pokemon games when they debuted in the United States almost 10 years ago.”
Pokemon are everywhere. Kristin Brandt of Manic Mommies parenting site posted: “I have become obsessed. I have played for many, many hours (I can’t even admit to how many – it’s embarrassing) … And I can’t seem to stop! There are more Pokemon to capture, more levels to conquer and more badges to earn!” Penny Arcade has featured them in a four comic serieson Pokemania. South Park has lampooned them. There’s even a Pokemon trainer in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Brawl. With the sales from the Nintendo consoles, Pokemon are sure to be around a long time.
via Press Release