Pokémon Sun and Moon scores Nintendo's biggest ever U.K. debut

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Courtesy of Tom Phillips, deputy news editor of Eurogamer:
Pokémon Sun and Moon are Nintendo's biggest ever UK launch. Bigger than any Wii game, even. Incredible.
Bigger than any other Pokémon. Any other 3DS game. Anything on Wii or DS...
Dat Pokémon Go effect.
Hard to put into perspective - Pokémon Sun and Moon managed in one day what Wii Fit sold in two weeks.
Wii Fit sold 305,000 units in its first 2 weeks.
[Week 17, 2008] 01 (NE) WII FIT (NINTENDO) - 215,000 / NEW
[Week 18, 2008] 02 (01) WII FIT (NINTENDO) - 90,000 / 305,000 (-58%)
Absolutely monstrous. I know Nintendo isn't the most popular in the U.K., but this is an astonishing result.

Combined, the games outsold Infinite Warfare and Watch_Dogs 2.
 

cw_sasuke

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Quite impressive considering how bad the UK market has been for Nintendo this generation.

Stars on Switch will be a system seller next year.
 

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Some mighty numbers right there, I'm just wondering whether the Pokémon GO players (who never played a mainline Pokémon before) will actually enjoy it that much.
 
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This is a great look for Nintendo heading into the switch event in January, having such a strong game out right now. Advertising was crazy though, I'm sure the ads started in August on kids TV.

My kid who only played Pokemon go before has gone nuts for it.
 
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Quite impressive considering how bad the UK market has been for Nintendo this generation.

Stars on Switch will be a system seller next year.
Was thinking the same thing, if Nintendo can turn this towards Switch it could turn out really well for them. They should be also working on something to link Mario Run to the system in someway.
 

cw_sasuke

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This is a great look for Nintendo heading into the switch event in January, having such a strong game out right now. Advertising was crazy though, I'm sure the ads started in August on kids TV.

My kid who only played Pokemon go before has gone nuts for it.
Nintendo Classic Mini --> Pokemon Sun & Moon --> Super Mario Run ---> Switch Conference

Nothing stops this train, based Iwata setting everything up for future success.
 
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It has had a pretty strong advertising presence here and somewhat anecdotally I've overheard parents asking staff for it in Game. Seems like they've done a pretty good job of getting the word out.
 
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I'll play it someday. Happy Pokemon is still selling so well. I want to wait and see if the Switch rumor is true.

When I went to pick up FFXV there was a mom in front of me. She was picking up Moon although their kids already had Sun, but they wanted both :)
 
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The best Pokemon game I've ever played. If you own a 3DS, then I definitely recommend it.

It is certainly the only reason I own a 3DS.
Same, although I bought Majora's Mask 3DS, so I'll eventually play that lmao. Also got my friends to both buy a 2DS once they heard this was coming out.
 
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Nintendo Classic Mini --> Pokemon Sun & Moon --> Super Mario Run ---> Switch Conference

Nothing stops this train, based Iwata setting everything up for future success.
Oh yea no disagreement here dude, they've made some very smart moves to relevance again despite the wii u effectively being retired this holiday. Pokemon go, the nes classic and I had totally blanked on super Mario run. I think zelda e3 was a smaller but still contributing tentpole in a weird year that seems to have paid off for them too. They've shriked all the normal models of success and came away gangbusters.

The cool thing is by all accounts it can continue after switch. The momentum they've gained now but a year with a new console, Mario, zelda and the Pokemon port.
 

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Sep 2, 2011
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So Pokémon sold more than 300,000 units on its first day, without even counting the rest of the week or Black Friday?
Crazy.
Yes, considering this, and the fact that it was released on Wednesday:

"Hard to put into perspective - Pokémon Sun and Moon managed in one day what Wii Fit sold in two weeks."

Wii Fit sold 305,000 units in its first 2 weeks.
Nintendo Classic Mini --> Pokemon Sun & Moon --> Super Mario Run ---> Switch Conference

Nothing stops this train, based Iwata setting everything up for future success.
You forgot about

Pokemon GO -->

At the beginning
 
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Impressive! Could you imagine Nintendo without Pokemon though? Pretty fair to say that their market presence would be significantly lower. Regardless, these are amazing figures.
 
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Deserved Sun and Moon are the best Pokemon games yet (not postgame content wise but the rest is perfect imo, hopefully Pokemon Star fixes that). Would be cool if they pass gen 1 total sales.