Business Wire: Pokémon Sun & Moon are the best selling games for the holiday season

From a Business Wire post via GoNintendo.

Pokémon is the best selling software of the season (November) with NES Classic Edition selling out in most places 

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today released its 2016 online shopping data for Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day. More than $5 billion ($5.27 billion) was spent online by the end of Black Friday, a 17.7 percent increase year-over-year (YoY). Black Friday set a new record by surpassing the three-billion-dollar mark for the first time at $3.34 billion (21.6 percent growth YoY) while Thanksgiving accounted for the remaining $1.93 billion. Black Friday became the first day in retail history to drive over one billion dollars in mobile revenue at $1.2 billion, a 33 percent growth YoY.

Out-of-stock items: The products most likely to run out-of-stock include Nintendo NES Classic, PlayStation VR bundle, PlayStation 4 Call of Duty Black Ops bundle, Beats Solo, Nintendo 3DS XL Solgaleo Lunala Black Edition and Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Console Bundle for electronics in addition to Hatchimals, Razor Hovertrack 2.0, Kurio Smartwatches, Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar, Lego Star Wars, Paw Patrol Jungle Tracker’s Cruiser Vehicle and Little Tikes Princess Horse & Carriage for toys. Out-of-stock messages were at 10.5 percent, 1.5 percent less than levels seen in 2015 and 1.9 percent higher than on Thanksgiving Day (8.6 percent). Products under $300 were 20 percent more likely to be out-of-stock.

Most popular products of the season: For the entire season so far (Nov. 1 – 24), PlayStation 4 is the best-selling video game console, followed by Microsoft Xbox One. Pokémon Sun and Moon leads in video games, followed by Call of Duty. Samsung 4K TVs lead in televisions, followed by Vizio 4K TVs.

Large Nintendo eShop sale is now live (Zelda, Freedom Planet, VLR/ZTD)

I’ll update with some worthwhile sales:

  • Virtue’s last Reward $12.49
  • Darksiders II $9.99
  • Zero Time’s Dilema $27.99
  • New and Tasty $9.99
  • Trine enhanced edition $7.49
  • Freedom Planet $7.49
  • Mighty No. 9 (lmao) $9.99
  • Don’t Starve $5.10
  • Super Meat Boy $11.20
  • Trine 2 $9.99
  • Jotun $9.99
  • Star Fox Zero $34.99
  • Mario Galaxy 2 $9.99
  • Kirby’s Return to Dreamland $9.99
  • Fast Racing: NEO $7.49
  • Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess $34.99
  • Hyrule Warriors Legends $27.99
  • The Legend of Zelda $2.99
  • Monster Hunter Generations $23.99
  • Link’s Awakening $3.59
  • Tri-Force heroes $23.99
  • Fire Emblem Awakening $9.99
  • Steam World Heist $11.99
  • Kirby Mass Attack

Phil Spencer praises Nintendo’s output, “the strongest first-party of anybody”

When asked about Nintendo games on Xbox, Phil had this to say:

“I’d love to see Mario on Xbox. As someone who’s been in this industry and played games forever, I’ll still say it: Nintendo has the strongest first-party of anybody. They’re just fantastic and the memories that they have instilled in so many of us, who’ve played their games and had those delightful experiences, having those on Xbox would be great. Obviously we have Minecraft on Nintendo and when that opportunity came up to work with them on Minecraft, you know, some people might look at it and say ‘why would you even do that?’, but with Nintendo, it’s been a great partnership on Minecraft. In fact they put Mario in Minecraft on Wii U with the mash-up skin pack. And continuing to work with them on that and building a stronger relationship… I mean if that paid dividends down the road that lead to something else, that would be fantastic. I know I get questions all the time on would I ever like to see Banjo in Super Smash Bros. and I’m, like, “yes, I would do that in a second”. And certain people think I’m saying that as some sort of PR answer and I’m, like, why wouldn’t you?
Anyway, I’m a big Nintendo fan and I think they’ve been incredibly important for the games industry, they do a great job with younger audiences, and if we ever had a chance to work with them in the future, I would absolutely do it.”

GameStop on Nintendo Switch and Pokemon Sun and Moon’s performance

Like Todd Howard from Bethesda, GameStop CEO shared his thoughts on Nintendo Switch and an impressive demo they played:

“The Nintendo Switch, which I played at Nintendo a few weeks ago–we believe could be another game-changerthat will expand the audience for gaming,”

  • Interest is high, around Xbox One before its launch
  • Could go up after January


Pokemon Sun and Moon was also mentioned being the highest pre ordered game in 5 years. Also the best performing game of the year for them.