Pokemon Sun and Moon are the fastest-selling games in Nintendo history, in the Americas

Pokemon X and Y, released in 2013, held the previous record.


Nintendo of America announced Pokemon Sun and Moon, the newest Poke-tandem released on November 18, are the fastest-selling games in Nintendo's history in the Americas.

Sun and Moon sold a total of 3.7 million units—an 85 percent increase over sales of Pokemon X and Y, released in 2013 and the previous record holders for Nintendo's fastest-selling games.

"With these huge sales figures, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon have proved themselves as two of the hottest video games to buy this holiday season," said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of sales and marketing in a press release. "With great reviews and outstanding fan response, these next iterations in the Pokemon series are sure to please any player in the family."

All summed up, Nintendo has sold more than 280 million Pokemon games worldwide (as of May 2016) since the 1996 launch of Pokemon Red and Blue for the original Game Boy.

Modojo editor-in-chief Brittany Vincent declared Sun and Moon a collective fresh start for the franchise in her review. "They take the same idea of being a young Pokemon trainer on their first journey and put a unique spin on it that stays true enough to the successful Pokemon formula that it doesn’t feel gimmicky. For those that love Pokemon, Sun and Moon is the best Pokemon adventure to date."

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      November 30, 2016 12:27 PM

      Excellent :)

    • Zek legacy 10 years
      November 30, 2016 12:43 PM

      It's a really good game. Good mix of old school gameplay and modern concessions. The one thing I really really wish it has was a fast-forward button in combat.

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        November 30, 2016 12:50 PM

        Have any other mainline Pokemon games used a fast-forward function? I haven't played one since Yellow.

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          November 30, 2016 4:30 PM

          Turning off battle animations as below. I think there's a lot of things that although are minor, are annoying as shit. How the rotomdex blurts out random things and you aren't able to just click them to go away. I'll wait for it to go away so I can see the map. Also when tapping on it to use the map sometimes it'll cause him to speak instead of that.
          Another thought is that I wish they could create a more open world game than a linear progression. The first two islands seem very small.
          The UI just isn't great IMO.

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            November 30, 2016 4:32 PM

            Wait my #1 complaint is Pokémon calling for help every turn! Try getting a magby on island two and he summons 5-10 Pokémon in a row as I kill their friends. I'm just trying to catch the little shit.

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        November 30, 2016 1:01 PM

        that is what turning off battle animations is for

        • Zek legacy 10 years
          November 30, 2016 1:22 PM

          I think the animations are cool, there's just a lot of stuff across the board that doesn't need to take so long. Text dialogs with forced wait times, etc.

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      November 30, 2016 2:32 PM

      I played the demo on my new 3DS, it was actually really fun.

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