Just to show how truly powerful Nintendo's sales ability of remake titles on GBA are, Pokemon Fire Red and Pokemon Leaf Green combined for a total of over one million sales in less than a week after their Japanese release. Each game sold approximately 500,000 copies each (Red a little above,Green slightly below) which was nearly 5x what the next best selling game produced.
These aren't even new games, just remakes of two of the original Pokemon games, both of which are compatible with the Gameboy Advance. In addition to the outstanding sale of the games, GBA SP sales roe 38%, selling nearly 65,000 units and the regular GBA sales rose over 60%, selling 10,000 units.
It'll be interesting to see how these sales figure play out when the game gets it's inevitable US release. (No official announcement yet, but there's only been once Pokemon game that hasn't made it to the US since the original games, and that was a sequel to the trading card game.) Either way, I don't think Nintendo is in much danger at the moment, regardless of the success of the GameCube.
Originally posted by InVerse(No official announcement yet, but there's only been once Pokemon game that hasn't made it to the US since the original games, and that was a sequel to the trading card game.)
That's not necessarily true; if I remember correctly, the original Japanese launch of the Game Boy "Pocket Monster" games saw a red, blue, and green version released. The greed edition never saw its way onto US shelves.
I may be incorrect, but I recall reading that in a magazine ages ago.
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Originally posted by SOKThat's not necessarily true; if I remember correctly, the original Japanese launch of the Game Boy "Pocket Monster" games saw a red, blue, and green version released. The greed edition never saw its way onto US shelves.
Sorry for being unclear, that's what I meant by "since the original versions." In Japan, Pokemon launched with 4 titles (Red, Blue, Green and shortly thereafter, Yellow) whereas the US only got Red and Green (renamed as Blue.) I think the primary reason for this was that US gamers had not yet had a taste of multiple versions of a game being released at the same time, so they wanted to trim it down a bit to make it easier to accept. Apparently it worked though, as it's now a commonly accepted practice around here.
Since then, however, the only Pokemon game not released in the US was Pokemon Trading Card 2, which I think had a lot to do with timing, because by the time it would have been released, the actual trading card game was losing a lot of popularity in favor of the Dragon Ball Z TCG. (I don't know if the first Gameboy version did poorly, obviously that would have an even greater effect on releasing the single.) So, looking at the history of Pokemon releases, GBA's current onslaught of remakes and the dozens of American Pokemon fans clammoring for the game on Nintendo's official messageboards, I'd say it's a safe bet Fire Red and Leaf Green (possibly renamed Water Blue) will be released in the US.
I never buy a new system teh day it comes out. The PSX and PS2, and now the xbox 360 all have taught me that bugs are bad. I'm going to wait till maybe spring 2007 when they have some decent games out before I make my purchase.