If you were ever unconvinced of Pokémon’s status as a cultural phenomenon and gaming juggernaut, a recent announcement from The Pokemon Company should serve as proof enough. As of February 29, more than 200 million units of mainline Pokemon titles have been sold worldwide. Factoring in spin-off titles like Pokémon Snap, or the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon sub-series leads to a total sales amount of roughly 280 million units, as of February 29, 2016.
The franchise recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, with the original titles, Pokemon Red and Blue launching on February 26, 1996. These two were subsequently re-released on the Nintendo 3DS eShop and allowed for wireless trading and connection to Pokémon Sun and Moon, coming holiday 2016. That’s an average of 10 million units a year, which by itself is certainly nothing to scoff at. With Pokémon Sun and Moon, making up the seventh generation of mainline titles on the way later this year, that 20 years of momentum is showing no signs of stopping anytime soon. Gotta catch ’em all, indeed.