Hey kids! Remember Pokemon? Remember how it was supposed to take a hit in popularity this year thanks to Yokai Watch? Yeah, well, that’s not going to happen. The latest releases of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have sold 7.7 million copies worldwide since its launch two weeks ago, proving to the Monster Hunters and Yokai Watches of the world that it is here to stay.
Those of us who were blooming elementary and middle school kids, and possibly adults too, during the late-90s might remember this Pokemon “fad” our parents warned us about. Yes, even adults had their parents warning them about the dangers of following a crowd.
By definition, though, a fad is a short event in which everyone quickly likes something and quickly doesn’t again. Fads are not supposed to last twenty years! Granted, it still has a long way to go before crossing the 30+ million units that Pokemon Red and Blue sold worldwide, but Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have proven that this series still has the legs to carry it on for quite a while.
Yokai Watch 2 has sold a very respectable 3 million units in its home country, so we’ll see which one proves to be a “fad” if it ever gets released beyond the borders of Japan.
However, what is next for Pokemon? Pokemon X and Y are doing quite well still, and last we checked, it stood at at least 12 million copies after half a year. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire’s launch wasn’t quite as massive, but it could easily move into seven digit territory before the end of 2015. Will Nintendo, The Pokemon Company, and GameFreak combine their efforts into a new original game or save resources to develop another successful remake.
I think you know where I am going with this one. I want to romp through the Kanto region and play through Pokemon Red and Blue with these graphics! Let’s see it happen Nintendo!