The thirst for PokÃ©mon seems unquenchable; BD/SP and Arceus come out within months of each other, and still achieve sales like this.
Pokemon's probably the most...maximized IP in Nintendo's portfolio for lack of a better term. YMMV if it is overplaying its hand, but a live action movie, games, mangas, a massive anime, mobile titles...and the series is probably at its most diverse its been in recent times. I mean Snap coming back was a meme a la Dread for ages...
Legends Arceus in particular was a major fanbase shaking moment because it is the sort of shake up that fans wanted for a long time...and by all regards they made that clear. And I legit think that Game Freak wasn't expecting it. They didn't go in nearly as much for capitalizing on it the way they do with other major games (they had a four part amazon special, but it was as much about BDSP as Legends, maybe even more so).
Honestly the one thing that Pokemon is missing is a full means of capitalizing on the periphery demographics...and that's a giant can of worms there. Honestly I think Pokemon co has odder views on things than even Nintendo.
Like they legit said no hats for the protag of the movie because they didn't want a issue with the movie to affect Ash's popularity. Yes....really. That was a thing.
The Democratic Nintendo fan....is that a paradox? I'm fond of one of the more conservative companies in the industry, but I vote Liberally and view myself that way 90% of the time?