Pokémon Sun and Moon Break Records

Nintendo’s biggest pre-orders ever

Pokémon fans have been clamoring for the next main entry of the series since the astounding success (and decline) of Pokémon Go. The mobile game became an overnight success (despite server issues, tracking issues and numerous other bugs). Go brought fans together, bringing back series veterans (like myself) who had moved on with fond memories of catching them all.

“Pokémon Go brought fans together, bringing back series veterans who had moved on with fond memories of catching them all.”

So it comes to no surprise that Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, the next “true” Pokémon games, have become the most pre-ordered games in Nintendo’s history. The news comes via a Nintendo press release, leaving out sales figures. As of writing, the 3DS demo released a week ago has already surpassed 3.5 million downloads. This makes the demo the most downloaded demo on the Nintendo 3Ds eShop.

This is important for Nintendo. With the mixed reception to the Switch’s big reveal, Nintendo is hoping to change investors’ minds for the better. Many fans speculated that Nintendo would cease support for the Nintendo 3DS soon following the release of the Switch in March, but Nintendo will continue supporting the 3DS. With over 60 million units worldwide, and a few special editions units slated for release, Nintendo is making sure 3DS owners aren’t feeling left out.

“Nintendo is hoping to change investors' minds for the better.”

For comparison, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire sold 13.18 million games combined, making them the third highest-grossing game(s). Pokémon X and Y did even better with 15.64 million combined copies, taking the number one spot. Details on the game’s Alolan forms, Z-Moves and starter Pokémon have been trickling out (links contain gameplay spoilers). 

Pokémon Sun and Moon hit US shores on November 18. Anyone who would like to pre-order a copy can do so at any major retailer.