The new Pokémon gaming titles, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, were released on the last week of November. The games launched on Nov. 21 in the U.S., Japan and Australia. Seven days later, the titles were also introduced in Europe.
So far, the games have sold over three million copies as a whole when they launched in Japan, U.S. and other territories. In just their first three days, the games have sold 1.5 million copies in Japan alone while the rest are sold in the U.S. and Australia.
"The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo announced today that Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will launch worldwide in November 2014, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Pokémon fans will collect, battle, and trade Pokémon in a new adventure," said Nintendo.
The games, which belonged to the role-playing video games genre, were developed by Game Freak with Nintendo as the publisher for the Nintendo 3DS. They are the remakes of the 2002 released Game Boy Advance titles Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. The announcement about the remakes was made in a press release on May 7, 2014.
On June 10, 2014, Nintendo released a trailer for the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire at the E3 2014. The trailer displayed footage of the new gameplay which include new Mega Evolutions for Swampert and Sceptile, and the new playable character designs.
Nintendo revealed that the worldwide shipments of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were collectively recorded to have reached a number of 7.7 million copies sold. The company also noted that when the games launched in Europe, the increase in sold copies became more obvious during the Black Friday shopping event. The record of the game's worldwide shipment seemed to be one of its important milestones considering that it had achieved such status after being on sale within just two weeks.
In the U.K., the collective sales of both game titles have surpassed the sales made by Pokémon X and Y by as much as 17 percent which made the games one of the country's biggest selling video games to date.
However, the games' record of 7.7 million sold copies is small compared to the 16.22 million copies sold worldwide of the original Game Boy advance versions of Ruby and Sapphire.