People are pre-ordering Pokémon Sun and Moon as if the upcoming two role-playing titles are the cure for an epidemic.
Pokémon games are always in a habit of hitting some sort of milestone either at release or in the initial months of launch. With Pokémon Sun and Moon, that happens earlier.
With just over a couple of weeks to go before the official release, Nintendo has announced that Pokémon Sun and Moon pre-orders are the largest in the company’s history. Additionally, Pokémon Moon is the most downloaded playable 3DS demo in Nintendo’s lifetime.
Such hype and the games aren’t even out yet. The Pokémon brand is not alien to the word craze and Pokémon Sun and Moon were always expected to do well on release. However, many analysts believe that the recent release of Pokémon Go also had a huge part to play.
Niantic Labs’ highly successful mobile game has pretty much funneled attention towards the new Pokémon games. It wouldn’t be surprising to know that Pokémon Sun and Moon also gave a huge boost to hardware sales of 3DS.
Speaking with Bloomberg last week on the impact Nintendo games on smartphones have had for the company, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima said that even he was surprised by the reception of Pokémon Go.
“There’s no doubt that more people are using smartphones to play games. And as this time we’re using Mario, that’s a very important intellectual property for us. And that’s what Miyamoto’s team is working on now: making sure it spreads out just as quickly as Pokemon Go.”
However, the massive success of one title doesn’t mean that Nintendo will be diving headfirst into the smartphones market. Kimishima stated that Nintendo is first and foremost a hardware/software company. Nintendo will continue to make good games for its users and if some of them land on smartphones, they’ll only help sell existing packages. It’s a “synergy effect” that Nintendo expects as we move into the new year.
Pokémon Sun and Moon is scheduled to release on November 18 for the 3DS. They are the first installments in the seventh generation of role-playing games.