Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima had a lot to share in the company’s financial results briefing for fiscal year ending March 2017, which included a look at the status of Pokémon Sun & Moon’s pre-orders.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are also showing favorable trends for pre-orders. These graphs compare pre-orders for these titles in Japan, U.S., and Europe against the last entries in the series, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. As you can see, pre-orders for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are much higher, particularly in the U.S. and European regions. The pre-order periods for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire are different, so a straight comparison is not possible, but it is clear that the newest titles are trending at a higher level than the previous games. We will begin airing television commercials this weekend, so we expect pre-orders to continue to accelerate.
Pokémon Sun & Moon releases for Nintendo 3DS in Japan and North America on November 18, and in Europe on November 23, 2016.