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The Pokemon Company enjoyed another terrible year in 2021 with many new releases and success stories, including this latest little fact about physical sales.
The NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella Revealed It was in 2021 that dollar sales of Pokemon franchise physics software in the United States reached the highest annual total since 2000. Success extended to the launch of Pokemon Brilliant Diamonds, Shining Pearls and New Pokemon Snaps last year, with continued sales of Pokemon Swords. Shield is also in business.
Piscatella states that Pokemon Brilliant Diamonds and Shining Pearls were actually the 2021 bestsellers of the Switch in the US physical market, even though they were just launched in November.
For comparison, in 2000, Pokemon fans were Pokemon Trading Card Games, Pokemon Puzzle Challenge, and Game Boy Color Pokemon Gold and Silver, Pokemon Stadium, Pokemon Puzzle League, and Hey You, Pikachu! I had just witnessed the launch of Pokemon Yellow on the Nintendo 64 (October 1999). The top of the year needs something pretty special.
Still, it’s not a bad 2021 for Pokemon. And don’t forget, Pokemon Legend: Arceus is just a few days away!
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