After the release of the incredibly popular Pokémon GO, Japan experienced a massive increase in the sales for the main games on the 3DS, doubling what the games sold before, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. It is logical that the games would sell better because of Pokémon GO‘s release, but this surge is still unexpected.

The Wall Street Journal reports a boost in sales for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and for the 3DS releases of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, which can be seen in a graph below. Sales of 3DS systems have also increased, but not by as big a margin as the games themselves. Pokémon GO has cooled down a bit lately, but its impact can still clearly be felt.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal (via Nintendo Everything)

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Harold Teekman
I love video games. That's why I write about them. My first console was the Nintendo 64 and we got it when I was 4, along with Super Mario 64. I finished the game on my own when I was 6. One of my all time favorites of that generation is Donkey Kong 64. I love the bosses, I love the level designs, I love how you can play with multiple characters, and I love how many collectibles there are. I was mostly a Nintendo gamer until 2010, when I discovered Assassin's Creed. My PC could barely run it, but it played good enough to provide an amazing experience. Since then I've had a lot of catching up to do, and I'm now a big fan of Mass Effect, Dead Space, Resident Evil and the Batman: Arkham games, among others.

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