Despite Hurdles, Pokémon Art Academy Sold Pretty Well In Japan

By Ishaan . June 30, 2014 . 4:30pm

During the week of June 16th – June 22nd, Nintendo published Pokémon Art Academy in Japan. The game sold 31,080 copies in its first week on store shelves, and Japanese sales tracker Media Create reports that the game sold through 70.11% of its shipment.


In terms of raw sales figures, that’s a little lower than Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, which was released for the Nintendo 3DS in September 2012. That game sold 35,910 copies in its first week, with a sell-through of 45.94%.


There’s more to this situation than meets the eye, though.


If you follow the sales column here on Siliconera, you’re probably aware of Nintendo’s Recommended Monthly Software Campaign, which gives Nintendo 3DS buyers in Japan a download code for a free game with their 3DS purchase. Pokémon Art Academy is one of the games in this campaign in both June and July, so it’s impressive that it sold as much as it did, considering that a fair number of people could have—and probably did—get it for free.


Additionally, sales of both old and new titles slowed down during the week due to it being the week before payday, so that’s another challenge Pokémon Art Academy had to contend with. Not too shabby, all things considered.

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  • AuraGuyChris

    It’s the company’s secret plot to recruit artists for their drawing projects. Ken Sugimori can only live that long…


    • SlickRoach

      Or…he maintains immortality by feeding off the blood of artists who are Pokémon fans and is recruiting them for a harvest. How do you think Hirohiko Araki maintains his youthful looks all these years, he’s a ripple master!

      • Namuro

        Don’t you mean that he’s a vampire?

        • No, he’s an incubus.

        • SlickRoach

          I’m keeping hope alive and going with ripple master. No evil vampire would make a series so fabulous.

      • Adrian Duran

        it’s his stand, Forever Young

      • JoJo_718

        He’s obviously a vampire and in reality Jojo’s Bizzarre Adventure is his autobiography.

  • pokeroi

    I start to think that there is an artist in every Japanese

    • AkuLord3

      u mean…in anyone…japanese or not. People like to draw (even if not well ;w;) no surprise there especially if its a series they like.

  • awang0718

    I wonder how the sales of Pokemon Art Academy compares to the sales of other entries in the series…

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