Pokémon Scarlet/Violet ushered in a ton of talk about the future of the Pokémon series, as many fans felt the games weren’t up to snuff, at least from a technical and visual standpoint. While that discussion continues to rage online, it appears the public at large is more than willing to scoop up the title.

Thanks to Nintendo’s Q3 results for fiscal year 2024, we now know that Pokémon Scarlet/Violet have reached a combined total of 24.36 million units sold worldwide. That’s good enough to give the pair the title of third best-selling Pokémon game in history. This slide into third bumps Pokémon Gold and Silver down a notch to fourth.

In Q3 alone, Pokémon Scarlet/Violet managed to sell another 1.16 million units around the globe. This continues the games’ pace of being the fast-selling Pokémon game in the series, achieving the 24.36 million unit sales in just 13 months. For those wondering, Pokémon Sword and Shield achieved this same number in 25 months.

The titles that sit ahead of Pokémon Scarlet/Violet are Pokémon Sword/Shield with 26.17 million units sold, and then Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow at 31.38 million. While Pokémon Scarlet/Violet have a real shot at taking down Pokémon Sword/Shield, it seems like Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow will hang on to their joint crown.

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4M ago

People love to talk shit about this gen (again the very loud minority). But at the end of the day Scarlet & Violet are pretty good games despite their technical failings.
Could Game Freak and the Pokémon Co. do better? Sure. Doesn't mean gen 9 is bad though.


4M ago


Nobody hated Gen 9 for what it offered. Gen 9 is hated for being the straw that broke the camel's back for showing The Pokemon Company valuing merchandising and the new anime over their game quality. GameFREAK was forced to make and release multiple games in a limited timeframe and was not allowed any time to optimize and make bug fixing patches unless the problems affected The Pokemon Company's tournament scenes.

To date there's been no significant patches to fix Gen 9's tech woes. It's only homebrewers that have been trying to patch Gen 9 a la like how modders fix Bethesda games.

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