It’s easy to see the relationship between Pokémon Go and the overall Pokémon series going one way: Pokémon fans who love the main games and always wanted to catch Pokémon in the real world pick up the mobile app and start playing. But it’s actually a two-way road. The popularity of Pokémon Go spread beyond Pokémon fans to people who never played one of the games before, and many of them have checked out the series as a result.
Back in August, a report came out saying that Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the 2014 remakes of the original Ruby and Sapphire, saw an 80% increase in sales from the previous year and reached the top ten best-sellers list for July. Pokémon X and Y, which came out in 2013, also saw a massive boost, with 200% more sales than the previous July.
Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, X, and Y are all Nintendo 3DS games, and the 3DS also saw increased sales following the release of Pokémon Go, which made it the best-selling game platform in July.
It’s impossible to definitively tie these occurrences to Pokémon Go, but Nintendo at least believes that’s the cause. While Nintendo didn’t make Pokémon Go, the game’s popularity made players—even people who never played any 3DS games before—interested in checking out the series. It also put Pokémon in people’s minds. It’s not hard to believe that someone looking for a gift for someone might see Pokémon Omega Ruby, for example, and buy it because they recognize the name from the Pokémon Go craze.
Pokémon games are already huge sellers, and this has made the series even more profitable. The newest games in the series, Pokémon Sun and Moon, are due out this November. If even older games like Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire and X/Y had such a huge increase in their sales, it will be interesting to see what effect Pokémon Go has on the sales of the new games.
Did you become more interested in the Pokémon games after playing Pokémon Go? Do you know anyone who found the series that way? Let us know in the comments.
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