60 million Pokémon games were shipped in the last financial year, it’s claimed
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Around 60 million Pokémon games were shipped in the last financial year, according to new data.
As spotted by Serebii, The Pokémon Company has updated the “Pokémon in Figures” section of its corporate website.
The figures, which The Pokémon Company claims are now accurate up to the end of March 2022, say that over 440 million units of all Pokémon-related software have shipped in the series’ history.
Before the update, the same page only gave figures up to the end of March 2021, and stated that over 380 million units had shipped.
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This implies that 60 million more units shipped in the last financial year ending on March 31, 2022.
The new figures also state that over 43.2 billion Pokémon cards have been produced, an increase of 9.1 billion compared to the previous year’s total.
Last month an industry consultant suggested that The Pokémon Company had enjoyed a “record” financial year, based on abridged financial results posted in the Kanpō, the official gazette of the Japanese government.
The period covered in The Pokémon Company’s updated figures includes the releases of New Pokémon Snap, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl and Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus sold 6.5 million copies in its first week on sale, making it the fastest-selling Pokémon game on Switch. Meanwhile, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl sold six million units in their first week.
As of the end of March 2022, Legends had sold 12.64 million copies, while Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl combined had sold 14.65 million.
Legends’ numbers are particularly notable because it’s a standalone title, as opposed to Pokémon’s usual two-version releases (which can result in increased sales as particularly dedicated fans buy both variations).
VGC’s Pokémon Legends: Arceus review called it “the series’ best game in years”, claiming it’s “the breath of fresh air the series has needed for so long”.