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Pokemon X and Y sales compared to GTA V, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and others

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pokemon x boxPokemon X and Y is selling like crazy. Can I just leave it at that? No? Okay, well, let’s give some more details. Nintendo has released the sales figures for the 3DS incarnations of what is probably its most popular RPG series and they’re huge. Between two days, October 12-13, 2013, over 4 million copies of the game were sold worldwide. That’s pretty awesome for a 3DS game.

Which means Pokémon X and Y are on the right track to being the most popular Pokemon installments ever. To compare, the most recent Pokemon release that’s sold the fewest copies is Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen, which sold only about 12 million units worldwide. Also, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl have sold over 17 million copies worldwide and were the best selling installments prior to Pokemon X and Y. I say prior to, because I’m confident X and Y will outsell it. Both Jeremy Hill and I are playing and frankly, it’s the most fun I’ve ever had with an installment of Pokemon.

Still, these kinds of comparisons probably get you wondering how Pokemon X and Y did compared to other games. I mean, hearing 4 million copies were sold in two days is pretty impressive, but what’s the competition like. Well, Grand Theft Auto V sold over 11 million copies on launch day. However, Take-Two reported back on July 31, 2013, that BioShock Infinite sold over 4 million copies since its March 26, 2013 launch. Call of Duty: Black Ops sold over 5.6 million copies in North America and Europe on November 9, 2013. Back in July, 2013, Sony was also reporting that The Last of Us sold over 3.4 million copies worldwide.

So, Pokemon X and Y is selling better than BioShock Infinite and The Last of Us in less than a week, than those two have in months. It came close to meeting Call of Duty: Black Ops‘ launch day sale figures, but couldn’t topple that FPS. And, of course, nothing’s coming close to GTA V‘s launch numbers. Still, it’s good to see that a plucky 3DS game can keep up with the big boys.

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  • Bluesman

    You forget that Pokemon appeals to a huge demographic, and the rest of the games you mentioned are rated M (18+). So perspective has to be made.

    • Jenni Lada

      That is true, and a very good point. I wanted to try and go with some of the most recent, big-name games released recently, and there weren’t very many all-ages games like that released in 2013. The only one I could think of was Disney Infinity, and I wasn’t sure if that would be fair to count, considering the NFC toy tie-in.

  • Replying

    You forget that pokémon is aimed at a demographic between 7-12, those others are aimed at 18-24, the latter has one more year and around 100% the earning potential. Moreover the wider reach of pokémon’s demographic drops off about 28 where the fans of the original game missed the target demographic, while the other games are commonly bought for 5-18 year olds by parents, and has wider demographics way into their 30s.

  • Replying

    100* even, going by average 24yo salary and 12yo pocket money that I found with 2 minutes of google searching, so sources may not be very accurate..

    I think how the sales figures stack up at Christmas will be the really telling numbers.

  • Pickledsuicune

    Well, sure, but most of the other games listed here also released on several consoles while Pokemon x and y released on only the 3DS, a console that’s still fairly new-ish compared to the others. So I think that sort of evens it out.

  • Not A Hater

    I don’t think its fair comparing Pokemon to cross-platforms like that. Also, the 3DS has only been around so long and the PS3 and XBox-360 have over 85 million units in sales, so that is another thing to ponder. I have a feeling if they were on a singular platform, they wouldn’t outsell Pokemon X/Y