The Pokemon Company announced over the Thanksgiving holidays that the Pokemon franchise has crossed 300 million shipments since the launch of the original game back in 1996. The news was reported by Famitsu and translated via GamesIndustry.biz.
That 300 million includes all 76 titles in the franchise, from main entries like Pokemon Red and Pokemon Black, to spin-offs like Pokemon Snap and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon. That total does not include downloads of mobile titles like Pokemon Go.
That total places Pokemon as the second best-selling game franchise of all time, behind Mario which has 528 million sold to date. Pokemon sits in front of Grand Theft Auto (250 million), Call of Duty (250 million), The Sims (200 million), and Tetris (170 million). That's heady company to be in.