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Pokemon Sun and Moon were among the top 20 best-selling games in the US last year

Posted on April 19, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in 3DS, News

A new report from the ESA reveals the top 20 best-selling games in the United States during 2016. Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon both made the list, coming in at the 11th and 12 spots respectively.

The full results are as follows:


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  • Metroid-Dark-Echoes

    Sad to see such poor list of game selling so well , when their are games far better out there.

    • well it’s the US
      the worst culture

      • Lol, culture
        (video may be disturbing to mentally sane viewers)

      • Justin McQuillen

        Wrong — western culture is the best. Anime itself is a meta parody of white people and western culture, I’m surprised you haven’t noticed that. The fantasy anime world you wish to exist in is based off of the imagination of what japanese people think living in western society is like. One example of this is how anime characters have huge eyes, but if a particular character is supposed to be asian they draw the eyes smaller.

        • ronin4life

          This couldn’t be further from the truth if you were on Mars. Anime is white people, wtf…
          Nothing you say makes sense. The eyes are large to convey emotion, not race, and are copied from Disney who used large exaggerated proportions for the same reason. Using your logic, western comics since their inception to today try to riff from Asian cultures because everyone is always squinty eyed. This had nothing to do with attempting to follow anatomy as closely as possible while also stylizing proportions, nope: they were trying to idealize the characters to an Asian standard or beauty because orientalism.

          And lol ‘Western Culture is superior’. This kind of BS tends to be stupid no matter who argues it for whatever culture, but I do have to say- if the West was *SO* undeniably superior, why then do the dozens of nations that make up the West, combined, have all their media, electronics and vehicles… as well known and influential in a global sense than a single tiny island nation *on its own* does… if not less so? Really think about this: Everyone knows Japanese cars, animation, video games *and* music. Who, commonly, in the US or Canada, knows even a single German popsong? Do Scandanavians even make cars at all? I have never seen a Spanish Cartoon that I can recall, nor played an italian Videogame to my knowledge. This isn’t a continet or even a region, but one tiny country all on its own. You can bet even middle eastern and african nations know some Japanese stuff well enough too since modern home appliances have made these places livable by modern standards… and were largely designed and manufactured by the Japanese for the last 50 years or so.

          This kind of culture d*ck measuring is nonsense as what is best should depend wholly on ones personal preference and identity, but as far as I can see trying to argue it in any empirical sense with Japan makes the idea look even stupider, because you start to notice some weirdly uneven ground: You realize you have Dutch people driving Japanese cars while blasting Jpop, heading out to ‘karaoke’ at the bar where they will can order Sake and brag about high scores in Super Mario? Probably on Mobile phones comparable to what Japan was making 10 years ago, complete with ’emoji’ keyboards and not ’emoticon’ keyboards. Talking about samurai sword knives that cut through tomato like butter and making sumo jokes with their chubbier friend. Considering Japan accomplished this level of infiltration near globally after leaving isolation less than 150 years ago, and *really* only ~80 years ago? I have this in common with these Dutch people, yet I don’t know a single thing about Dutch culture, or much else about non US ‘western’ nations culturally. As young as 4 I often heard words words like ‘futon’, ‘ninja’, and ‘karaoke’, enjoyed playing Japanese games in a house that must have had at least some Japanese appliances, hearing constant references to Japanese culture on TV, all withou knowing what Japan even was. We were no otaku household, having a father obsessed with Western Comics and superheroes who was totally uninterested in Japanese stuff. Heck, most kids my age loved Japanese TV shows like Power Rangers and Japanese toys made by companies like Tomy and Takara even before Anime really kicked off in the US. Average people, not nerds, have contant exposure to Japanese culture globally. But what average Japanese person gives 2 shakes about western Comics, German music, or British Cars?

          Euugghh, the fact this probably won’t even be the stupidist nonsense I read today is despressing. TL;DR, Cultural comparisons of superiority are usually silly anyway, but by any streatch of the imagination Japanese culture is huge, global and deeply ingrained despite their miniscule footprint in terms of population, geography and exposure: making claims of supposed superiority all the more ridiculous.

          • ForeVision

            The only thing the Dutch tend to be widely known for, is their “allowing” of the use of weed, both for medicinal purposes and regular ones, as well as their knowledge of water due to having lived with/fought it for a very long time indeed. It is said that our drinking water is some of the purest in the world, but yes we are a small import country, with many nationalities and cultures than simply our own.

            But we’re talking games here, so I’ll instead point you to a game or 2 made by a Dutch studio. Horizon Zero Dawn (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guerrilla_Games and Age of Wonders 3 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumph_Studios.

            Though that said, I wouldn’t be as invested in Japanese culture as I personally am, if it weren’t for having Japanese neighbours that were here in Holland to study for a couple of years.

  • I feel bad or all those mindless drones that buy the newest CoD game every year.

    • BoredAtWork999

      Why? They’re playing what they enjoy.

      • Justin McQuillen

        I get what you’re saying, but have you actually checked COD out mate? It’s total cancer and most definitely a negative detriment to the entire industry.

    • Mystic Panda

      Dont care for the game either but thats what people enjoy. People buy Pokemon even though it has its problems because they enjoy the game and the features it presents. Are you saying that if someone buys the newest pokemon, they are mindless drones too?

      • The thing is, Pokemon game aren’t released annually.

      • Justin McQuillen

        That’s not what he’s saying at all, no. You know that too, stop with the whataboutery. It’s pretty palpable that he’s saying COD is bad for the games industry to me, and as a real-life game developer I completely agree.

    • nemo37

      It is entertainment. People will purchase what they believe they will like. Many people buy games like COD because that is what their friends are playing. In addition, many do not have the resources to experiment with new franchises, because games are quite expensive, so they tend to go with what they know and what they hear is popular.

      • ForeVision

        “many do not have the resources to experiment with new franchises, because games are quite expensive” That right there is very sadly true, as much as I recognize that the price tag isn’t without reason.

        I’d say that the best way to alleviate this, is through demo’s, since then people can get a good idea of whether they’d like it or not, without immediately paying, what is to the average consumer, quite the amount of money.

      • Justin McQuillen

        How about people figure out how to have their own personality? When I was a kid I was the only Gamecube fan in my high school, and I was poor. If I could go back I would do it all again because the Gamecube was obviously better and every single one of those people were wrong, and just following the grain.

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        • GCN was definitely the strongest of its time (both hardware wise and durability wise :P) but it didn’t have many games or success because of the small disc.

          • Fisaulerod

            The xbox had the “strongest” hardware in that gen, not the gcn. And we can’t blame entirely the mini disks, sadly, in that gen the ps2 and xbox had the most popular exclusives.

          • Justin McQuillen

            Linkchu is right, by technical analysis it would appear that GCN inches past XBOX in hardware strength. Gamecube could handle texture layering and trilinear filtering in 2001, PS2 and XBOX were using single layer textures and bilinear filtering at best. This has been settled a long time ago, and it should be obvious to anyone that played RE4 on Gamecube and then compared the graphics to XBOX, it was closer to 360 than it was to XBOX graphics. Mini discs have little to nothing to do with the graphics other than allowing stuff to load faster by not having to spin as much.

          • Fisaulerod

            I think you’re confusing the ps2 with the xbox, re4 was never released on the xbox. The comparison you’re talking about is between the ps2 and ngc versions.
            The xbox could also handle trilinear, in fact it has better specs in almost aspect ( https://www.extremetech.com/computing/71894-gamecube-vs-xbox-part-deux/2 ). In any case these differences barely mattered in that gen.

            Also the ngc never gained momentum at the end of its lifetime, it was the opposite. Most of the gamecube sales come from its two first years, and the console was totally abandoned in its last year. On the other side, the ps2 had strong sales for years (until 2008 or so) and had strong releases even after the ps3 was released. Heck, the ps2 was a headache for sony for a couple of years because people still buy it instead of the ps3.

            And yes, even with low console sales, economically for nintendo the ngc wasn’t a disaster, even the wiiu wasn’t one. Sadly some people think the ngc and wii u were almost a dreamcast, which is very far from reality.

  • awng781

    Great Pokemon Sales.
    GTAV is a juggernaut.

  • Señor Cardgage

    I wonder what place it would be in if they counted them together…

  • BoredAtWork999

    Where would Sun/Moon place if they got a combined total?

    • awng781

      Probably right behind Call of Duty Infinite Warfare at #2.

  • Aline Piroutek

    US culture: FPS, NFL , GTA, Minecraft.

    • Justin McQuillen

      That’s pop culture intended for plebs; the US counterculture is top-tier. Don’t act like you’re better than us, because whatever country you live in most likely models their mainstream spoon-fed culture after our nonsense, which is even sadder. This is a worldwide issue of low IQ, and until you’ve had to deal with the egregiously bad education system in the United States you should think before poking fun at us, because poor education is a form of oppression. If you think we’re all that dumb, you’re wrong.

      • Aline Piroutek

        Our culture is the same:
        Soccer, FPS, Minecraft, lol(not a selling game).

    • BoredAtWork999

      As opposed to EU, where they can’t stop buying FIFA games? Oh yeah, that’s totally different…

  • Justin McQuillen

    This is sad, glad we get to Switch it up in 2017