Yeah, Pokemon still knows how to strut its stuff in Japan. The latest releases of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire sold a whopping 1.5 million copies over its first weekend, further cementing the series as Japan’s dominant handheld franchise and beating up the new kid on the block, Yokai Watch.
Fans who are following the competition know that its newest rival on the RPG scene sold 2 million copies in its first month on the market in Japan. Yokai Watch 2 just recently hit the three million unit mark, something many Pokemon games are easily able to do.
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire‘s launch, however, is the fourth largest on the Nintendo 3DS falling behind Pokemon X and Y, Monster Hunter 4, and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Man, that Monster Hunter is still something else.
Fascinating to see how Japan is still treating the Nintendo 3DS with all of its biggest hits on the handheld console. We will finally get a taste for it soon too with both Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate confirmed and Yokai Watch hinted at for a release in 2015. As for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, it’s already available in America, so those rival launches mean squat on the global market once you factor in every region.