When Nintendo released the first Pokémon game in Japan on February 27, 1996, no one would have thought that it was the birth hour of the second largest video game franchise in history. Over the next 23 years, the Japanese video game giant went on to sell more than 300 million copies of more than 70 Pokémon titles, trailing only Super Mario
in terms of its longevity and global popularity.
To mark the 23rd anniversary of the Pokémon franchise’s birthday, Nintendo announced two new entries to the popular series on Wednesday. The two new games named “Pokémon Sword” and “Pokémon Shield” are role-playing games in line with the franchise’s core group of games and its biggest sellers. Both games will be released for the Nintendo Switch later this year, possibly further boosting sales of Nintendo’s first hybrid console
As the following chart illustrates, a new Pokémon game is all but a guaranteed mega-seller for Nintendo. The top 10 Pokémon games alone sold nearly 180 million copies and a total of twelve different titles reached the milestone of selling 10 million copies or more. A look at last year’s best-selling games across all platforms shows how rare that achievement really is: Red Dead Redemption 2 was the only game to sell more than 10 million copies in 2018.