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Will Pokémon on the Switch be as succesful as it was on the DS/3DS?

Yes 22 88.00%
 
No 3 12.00%
 
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I noticed both consoles had a similar amount of games for the franchise so I decided to compare the sales between similar games.

Note: Only retail sales considered, 3DS might surpass the DS ones if we had numbers on digital sales

 

FRANCHISE DEBUT


Pokemon Diamond-Pearl (DS): 18.25M

Pokémon XY (3DS): 16.14M

 

 

PREVIOUS REGION REMAKES


Pokemon Heartgold-Soulsilver (DS): 11.78M

Pokemon Omega Ruby-Alpha Sapphire (3DS): 12.65M

 

SECOND REGION IN THE CONSOLE


Pokemon Black-White (DS): 15.18M

Pokemon Sun-Moon (3DS): 14.79M

 

SECOND REGION REVISITED


Pokemon Black 2-White 2 (DS): 2.00M (at second week)

Pokemon Ultrasun-Ultramoon (3DS): 2.98M (as of second week)

 

SO, WHICH DO YOU THINK WAS THE MOST SUCCESFUL CONSOLE FOR THE FRANCHISE?



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I think it's pretty tied, but amazing that Pokemon was just as (and in some cases more) successful despite a smaller install base.

I think the fanbase is pretty loyal enough to the point most will move over to the transition to Switch making the series just as successful on that platform. Not to mention the big potential opportunity for the growth of series. Being HD and also on a home console as well as a handheld will definitely be able to pull in a lot of old and new fans.



Bad poll. Pokémon being "as" successful on the Switch as it was on DS/3DS is probably the most pessimistic expectation you can have. Between DS and 3DS, there's not much to argue over which one was more successful, the numbers speak for themselves. They're on par.



Mati_Intrieri said:

 

 

PREVIOUS REGION REMAKES


Pokemon Heartgold-Soulsilver (DS): 11.78M

Pokemon Omega Ruby-Alpha Sapphire (3DS): 12.65M

 

Talent lost



Might as well use official numbers

https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/finance/software/3ds.html



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They're pretty much tied, with 3DS having the chance of winning in the end. It won't matter much anyway.

Regarding Pokémon on Switch, I'm confident it will reach 30m again.



Bet with Teeqoz for 2 weeks of avatar and sig control that Super Mario Odyssey would ship more than 7m on its first 2 months. The game shipped 9.07m, so I won

Switch should handily beat 3DS lifetime, so I'd say yes.



3DS Pokemon will come out slightly ahead of DS Pokemon since it is still selling on the 3DS. What is kind of amazing is the inelasticity of Pokemon demand. As a whole, these 3DS consoles have been more pricey than the DS ones, but the Pokemon fans still came out to buy at least as many Pokemon games.

I don't think the $300 Switch price tag is going to phase Pokemon fans one bit.



LipeJJ said:
They're pretty much tied, with 3DS having the chance of winning in the end. It won't matter much anyway.

Regarding Pokémon on Switch, I'm confident it will reach 30m again.

You really think that? Pokemon hasnt done 30m since Red/Blue which released over 20 years ago, i dont see it happening.



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zorg1000 said:
LipeJJ said:
They're pretty much tied, with 3DS having the chance of winning in the end. It won't matter much anyway.

Regarding Pokémon on Switch, I'm confident it will reach 30m again.

You really think that? Pokemon hasnt done 30m since Red/Blue which released over 20 years ago, i dont see it happening.

I know that, that's why I was modest enough to say 30m.  

I think Pokémon Switch will capture not only Pokémon fans, but also other gamers in general and Nintendo fans who haven't tried it yet due to the limited nature of the game, which will not be a problem anymore since this will be a big HD game. 

Now that they unified their systems into a single one, it will benefit from its fans (handheld gamers) as well as console gamers + new audience, so I believe it will reach the heights of NSMB Wii/DS, MK Wii/DS, Nintendogs, etc.

Actually, stuff like Nintendo Labo might help Pokémon conquering a new audience.

We'll see its potential this E3 already. Reactions are gonna be big on social media. 



Bet with Teeqoz for 2 weeks of avatar and sig control that Super Mario Odyssey would ship more than 7m on its first 2 months. The game shipped 9.07m, so I won