3DS sales up over 200 per cent as Pokémon Go phenomenon carries on

Christopher Dring
3DS sales up over 200 per cent as Pokémon Go phenomenon carries on

In what is becoming a now weekly MCV story, UK sales of 3DS consoles and 3DS Pokmon games continue to rise as the Pokmon Go obsession continues.

According to retail sources quoting GfK figures, Nintendo was the No.1 boxed games publisher (both in units and value) last week.

The firm held ten of the UK Top 50 games. Pokmon titles in that chart sold almost 9,000 units, with Pokmon Alpha Sapphire (No.11), Omega Ruby (No.18), Pokmon X (No.25) and Y (No.29) the highest charting titles.

3DS XL hardware was up 222 per cent last week compared with the same period a year before, while 2DS sales rose 234 per cent. The figures are all the more impressive when you consider that news of the 3DS' successor - the NX - was leaked last week.

The official Apple charts (see below) reveals that Pokmon Go was comfortably the best-selling free apps on iPhone and iPad during its first two weeks, while App Annie says that the game was the highest grossing title on iPhone during launch (although at No.5 on iPad).

Sales of trading cards, Pokmon toys and clothing are also rising, while pre-orders for the upcoming 3DS titles - Sun and Moon - have also increased significantly.

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