‘Pokémon Sun and Moon’ Release Date, News & Update: Worldwide Initial Shipments Hit 10 Million Units; More Details On Record-Breaking 3DS Game

By Arianne Gift , Updated Nov 18, 2016 07:10 AM EST

Scheduled for release today is the highly-anticipated "Pokémon Sun and Moon," a Nintendo 3DS game that is set to drive "Pokémon" fans and gamers glued to their consoles. The game seems to be blessed with a good head-start, as Nintendo just announced that it has surpassed the ten million milestone in worldwide initial shipments. As a result, the game is by far the biggest launch on the Nintendo 3DS console.

"Pokemon Sun and Moon"  Success Thanks To "Pokemon Go"

Nintendo credits the initial success of "Pokémon Sun and Moon" to "Pokémon GO," which was released in July. To recall, "Pokémon GO" quickly rose to become the Top Grossing and Top Free app on the App Store and Google Play, albeit having problems for a while with its servers due to its overwhelming demand.

Following 2013's "Pokémon X & Y," "Pokémon Sun and Moon" is expected to bring in new people to the series, as well as old "Pokémon" fans who wish to be entertained by Japan's adorable monsters once again.

"Pokemon Sun And Moon" Pre-Orders Logged "Historic Milestone"

Meanwhile, to say that fans of Nintendo's "Pokémon" games are excited is an understatement. Pre-orders for "Pokémon Sun and Moon" have also been hailed a "historic milestone" by Nintendo. Although the company did not disclose the numbers, the games have been recorded above usual pre-sales. On its first week, the game demo received more than three million downloads - another achievement for the "Sun and Moon" games.

For the uninitiated, the brand spanking new "Pokémon" games dubbed "Pokémon Sun and Moon" have its own set of version-exclusive species and some differences in its story. One major difference all players must know of is that "Pokémon Sun" functions on the same time with a player's 3DS console. On the other hand, "Pokémon Moon" is shifted by 12 hours.

It is an advantage to know that the whole point of "Pokémon Sun and Moon" is that no matter what you pick, trading for the exclusives that a player doesn't have is pretty easy, given the games' strong online capabilities.

"Pokémon Sun and Moon" are due out November 18 in North America. Gamers in Europe get to experience the new games by November 23.

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