Pokémon is still a mainstay of the video game universe and not the fad your parents told you it would be. Take that, South Park! Its sales might have dwindled in recent years, from 30 million+ copies to a still-impressive 10 million, but it has found more than enough ways to make up for lost revenue, everything from annual film releases to McDonald’s calendars.
Nobody is going to argue against the raw numbers themselves. Since first launching in Japan back in 1996, Pokémon titles have combined for 279 million sales, as reported by Famitsu. Roughly 210 million of those sales come from the main series, with the rest of them made up by spin-offs.
To put this in perspective, Pokémon is the second-best selling video game franchise of all time. It trails Mario which towers at an unbeatable 528 million copies, and the Call of Duty machine is quickly catching up every year and stands at 250 million units sold.
We’re certain that the re-release of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow on Nintendo 3DS will boost those numbers a bit, and the recently announced Pokémon Sun and Moon will make all the money in the world.