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Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Hit One Million Pre-Orders in Japan

by Ron Duwell | November 12, 2014November 12, 2014 12:15 pm PDT

If there was any worries that Pokémon was going to take a hit in popularity with the rise of Yokai Watch, they can be left at the door. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire has not only hit 1 million pre-orders in its home country of Japan, it has outpaced the pre-orders of Pokémon X and Y!

Never underestimate the powers of nostalgia. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire not only benefit from a growing roster of Mega-Evolutions, but they also have the lure of familiarity with people wanting to run through Hoenn with a new graphic engine.

Japanese publication Dengeki Online reports the pre-order figure, which does not take into account digital distribution.

Yokai Watch 2 was able to cross 3 million sales in Japan alone, with 2 million of those coming in the first month. Will Nintendo’s classic franchise be able to stand up to the new kid on the block? Well, almost assuredly since it has the American audience on its side, but what about with the bright-eyed youths of its own country?

No matter which comes out on top, Nintendo is without a doubt happy to see both succeed. It is going to sell plenty of of Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 2DS, and New Nintendo 3DS units as these two franchises enter a new era of competition.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will release on Nov. 21 in America for the Nintendo 3DS.

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Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...