More Than 1.5 Million Copies Of Original Pokémon Games Sold On 3DS

by Mike Futter on Apr 28, 2016 at 04:00 AM

Nintendo’s no dummy when it comes to re-releasing classic games. And when it comes to Pokémon you can never have just one.

Recently, Nintendo re-released Pokémon Red, Blue/Green, and Yellow via the 3DS virtual console. It seems fans were eager to return to Pikachu’s yesteryear.

In a briefing following the release of fiscal year 2016 financials, Nintendo revealed that the trio of games are selling quite well for titles that are 20 years old. More than 1.5 million copies have been sold.

More than 50 percent of these were sold in the Americas. Japanese gamers bought many of their copies as codes from retail.

[Source: Nintendo]


Our Take
While gamers love to lament the re-release of classic games on new systems, the digital era gives us a chance at preservation. Sure, that comes with a cost (in this case, $9.99). But for games with battery-powered saves or that are simply difficult to find, like Xenoblade Chronicles, this is a practice that should be encouraged. And given how many copies have been sold, encouraging them you are.