Pokémon Omega Ruby And Alpha Sapphire Ship 7.7 Million Worldwide

By Ishaan . December 3, 2014 . 10:52pm

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have shipped over 7.7 million units worldwide, The Pokémon Company announced today.


This news arrives a week after the announcement that Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire had sold over 3 million copies between Japan, the U.S. and other regions, where the pair of games was released on November 21st.


Following this, the games were released in Europe on November 28th—a week later than everywhere else—and it appears the European launch has contributed to that 7.7 million figure significantly, as The Pokémon Company says Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire’s launch sales were about 135% of Pokémon X and Y.


Food for thought:

The original Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire for Game Boy Advance have sold 16.22 million copies worldwide. It should be interesting to see how close to that figure Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire manage to get.

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  • Slickyslacker

    Se-ven-teen! Se-ven-teen! Se-ven-teen!

  • “The original Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire for Game Boy Advance have sold 16.22 million copies worldwide”

    ^ What is the time frame for this, Siliconera?

    • That’s lifetime sales. That figure was first reported in March 31st, 2013, and Pokémon Co. mention it in their press release, too.

      • It will be very interesting to see a comparison on a year per year in the future. Of course, the situation in 2006, 2007 are very different from now.

      • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

        I highly believed that these one will be able to pass that amount and end up as the biggest remakes sales if u ask me.^_^

    • dawnbomb

      all time, obviously

  • Jadfish

    In my circle of friends, the Advance Games were the least popular games due to High School and being too cool for that baby stuff.

    Then, much like this comic, college happened.

    • Lol, I don’t think she could ever draw something inaccurate.

    • Yan Zhao

      So accurate it hurts. High schoolers are so judgmental, sigh.

  • FivePointedTheStar

    I guess this is when we make a guess: What % of those people bought OR/AS *just* for Mega Rayray?

    • Codi Schumacher

      IDK about Mega Ray but I’m loving the new Latias&Latios nice and low LV

  • Adrian Duran

    I personally bought and played most Pokemon games since Red & Blue, and despite what people say about all the games being rehashes, there are many notable gameplay differences every generation

    and I have to say, this game offers the best experiences out of any in the series, and even has better content than B2W2, which where my previous favorite games in the franchises

  • i suppose 7 million is not enough for pokemon?

    • awang0718

      “…The Pokémon Company says Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire’s launch sales were about 135% of Pokémon X and Y.”

  • rubin

    So ORAS actually sold the best in Europe? I hope TPCi stops screwing us over after seeing this.

  • Tonton Ramos

    Now I’m worried about Smash even more…

    • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

      ??? Why?

      • Tonton Ramos

        We don’t know if Smash Bros U made it to 1 million copies due to stock shortages on Black Friday

        • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

          Well maybe they are waiting till Japan release the game?

          Before announcing sales number?

  • Gen 3 is arguably the best, my favorite is still gen 5 though.

    • Vallen

      Gen 3 is my favorite, 5 is good too aside from the region being a Pokeball

    • Ethan_Twain

      I used to be on a similar boat. “Gen 2 is the best, but Gen 5 is my favorite”.

      Just now I’ve been playing the Heart Gold remake though, and Gen 2 is super messed up. Did they have a rule about never having wild pokemon above level 20 or something? The progression of trainer/gym challenges is in no way reflected by the progression of wild pokemon levels. It’s like… every JRPG ever has had to do this. Even Final Fantasy 1 managed to have random encounters that scale up in difficulty so the player can get appropriate gold/xp to be able to clear the next boss. Pokemon gen 2 though even when I made it through to the second region the other day and thought “whew, okay, at least everything here will be high level since they know there’s no way anyone got here without clearing the Elite 4”. Nope. Hello level 10 wild pokemon.

      Honestly it’s fascinating. I’ve never seen an RPG broken in this way. Much less a famously successful RPG.

      Anyway, point stands. Gen V is the best AND my favorite.

      • Hence the “arguably”. Gen 3 has the best design (my favorite Pokemon, Milotic was introduced this gen), and is the best gen for exploring, however, gen 5 has the best narrative (I like N, Alder isn’t your typical strong and reliable Champion and Bianca actually shows growth; and due to my finals I have yet to play AS to see if Episode Delta could beat gen 5 in term of narrative), best music, second to best region for exploration, love the seasonal change. Objectively speaking, I’d place both at the top spot, maybe 3 at a slightly higher spot, but subjectively speaking, gen 5 is my absolute favorite.

        However, I don’t get why gen 5 got a lot of heat. You could say that gen 6 has the best metagame, however, Gen 6’s SP experience is disappointing. Gen 5 on the other hand, did everything right.

    • If I had to put them in order in terms of my favorite 3, 2, 5, 4, 6 (could rank higher depending GF), 1.

      In terms of the best 5, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1.

      • If I have to rank them:
        Favorite: 5>3>2>1=4>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>6
        SP ranking: 3>5>2>1=4>>>>>>>>>>>>>>6
        MP ranking: 6>5>4>3>2>1

      • animefreakhq

        Wow, Gen 1 ranking is too low. The plot-twist at the end and Gary Muthafuka Oak is the reason why Gen 1 will be all-time most memorable Pokemon game.

  • KrazyBean

    Best battle theme in the entire franchise IMO. The bar has been heightened severely for Gen 7’s soundtrack.


    • Vallen

      Wally battle theme?

      • KrazyBean

        That’s pretty awesome too, but it doesn’t hold a candle to this IMO.

    • Kevin

      Nothing beats zinnia’s theme music, they really made the music develop her as a character fast. Only small glimpses of her and you feel like you know her. I liked the sorrowful one played when you meet her atop sky pillar most of all.

    • Timovisch

      A great song indeed. OR and AS have some very cool songs (just like the originals). I still overall think B/W/B2/W2 offers the best OST of any main Pokemon game.

      Best OST of all Pokemon games goes to Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Sky. Generation 5 follows right after that.

    • AuraGuyChris

      It’s nice.

      But it’s a major letdown that you can’t hear it again in-game.

    • Dylan Anantha

      Zinnia and Wally’s themes were fantastic. It more than made up for the surprising lack of trumpets, though I still want the trumpets back.

  • Vallen

    These games are so well made, you can tell lots of effort went into these remakes, I hope they do fantastic in terms of sales (not that they’re doing bad at all)

  • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

    7.7 mill in like around 3 weeks? Holiday is going to push that number into 10 mill easily here.

  • DurrD

    Nice try Nintendo.

    • J_Joestar

      it isn’t like they are only reporting shipped numbers and hiding sold numbers.

      • DurrD

        They reported 3 million sold and 1 week later 7 million shipped.
        Its misleading.

        • Codename: D.A.V.I.D.

          No… it isn’t.
          They reported it sold 3 million copies a week ago and now they report it shipped 7 million copies.

          …Is there some double entendre here I am missing or something?

          • DurrD

            Many many people cant differentiate between shipped and sold.
            Its sneaky corporate lingo.

          • Codename: D.A.V.I.D.

            Not differentiating between “sell-in” and “sell-through”, OK, that’s comprehensible and stems from corporate lingo, but “shipped” vs. “sold”? I think that’s just poor reading skills from people :P

        • http://www.siliconera.com/2014/11/26/pokemon-omega-rubyalpha-sapphire-sold-3-million-worldwide-three-days/

          “Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have sold over 3 million copies between Japan, the U.S., and certain other territories in three days, The Pokémon Company has announced.”

          When is that? 2 weeks ago. And 3.3 mil copies IN 3 DAYS. Notice that at the time the news was reported, EU hasn’t gotten their hands on ORAS yet. It wouldn’t be a surprise if this number is close to 5 millions right now.

  • I find this picture to be very amusing

    • Satori Satya

      C’mon Spongebob, the 3DS begun it’s rise to powah with MARIO KART 7.

    • Sentinel

      As much as I’m looking forward to Majora’s Mask 3D, I doubt it’s going to sell as much as those games.

      • Of course it won’t. It’ll no doubt sell at least a million.

  • Andy Abramo

    Too much water… 7.8 – IGN

  • awang0718

    “…The Pokémon Company says Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire’s launch sales were about 135% of Pokémon X and Y.”

    So it seems OR/AS are outshipping X/Y by a large margin, and likely outselling it as well. Definitely did not expect that to happen. Congrats to Nintendo and Gamefreak.

  • katamari damacy

    This is a goddamn travesty. Pokemon X&Y a BRAND NEW GAME sold worse than a Re-make. This sends the message that we as consumers would rather buy re-makes than new games. A terrible precedent.

    • Miguel Devora

      I dont know what got into your pancakes this morning but i disagree that this is “a goddamn travesty”. Sure this is something that is widely known, people LOVE experiencing their old memories; BUT that isn’t the only thing contributing to the sales. The originals came out 12 years ago, that means theres a whole new generation of pokemon fans experiencing this region for the first time.

      • katamari damacy

        So, by that logic, in order for a “new generation” to experience a game again, we should re-release it every decade? Taking this logic to the extreme, we can say that outside of an initial decade of good games, there’d be no need to make new games as they could re-release every decade, not do anything new, and make enough money to stay afloat. The problem with that is it heavily discourages creativity and creating new IPs, or even new adventures with established IPs.
        If game developers are being sent a message that new games sell worse than re-makes, then it just encourages more remakes and less new games.

        • awang0718

          The only remakes in the world that can even come close to outselling new games are the Pokemon remakes (FR/LG and HG/SS have both sold over 12 million copies, OR/AS will sell just as much if not more).

          No other game franchise has that luxury (the exception may be Mario 64 DS), so I’m sure game devlopers won’t look at the success of this game and say “Who needs new games?Let’s do remakes!”

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