With the consistent hype that’s been building ever since Pokémon GO was released in July, it should come to no surprise that the demand for a new Pokémon game has been higher than it has been in years. Wall Street Journal technology reporter Takashi Mochizuki is a source who’s provided solid information about Nintendo in the past and he’s just shed some light on some numbers involving Sun & Moon, the highly anticipated games slated for release tomorrow.
Pokémon Sun & Moon together shipped more than 10 million as 1st batch, Pokémon Co. says. Biggest-ever initial shipment for 3DS platform.
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) November 17, 2016
This number may seem large (and it is in its own right), but it’s important to keep in mind that this means 10 million copies are being shipped to retailers, and this doesn’t mean that 10 million copies have been purchased (yet).
Throughout the last few months, users from various forums have been taking note that 3DS stock has been noticeably lower since the release of Pokémon GO. Both longtime players from the very first generation, as well as newcomers who want to experience the franchise for the first time, are gearing up for the big release tomorrow. This influx seems to have caused 3DS systems to become somewhat scarce in certain areas. The general desire to game on the go has also increased due to the exciting nature of playing GO on mobile devices.
That said, it really shouldn’t come to any surprise that Nintendo has been taking note of the interest expressed from fans and all the sales numbers in preparation for the big release. As if the hype wasn’t already crazy-high, it sounds like tomorrow is going to be a big day all around!
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