It is not exactly a controversial statement to say that Pokemon is a very popular franchise. From the moment Red and Blue Pokémon launched for the Game Boy in the mid-90s, Pokemon has been something of a global phenomenon. Although the children of the 90s may think that the Pokemon the craze died down as they grew older, it turns out that Pokemon continues to be a huge success all over the world.

How do we know this? Earlier today, The Pokemon Company announcement that the franchise has now exceeded 300 million worldwide sales. This figure includes all games in the series, whether they are major RPG titles for Nintendo handheld devices or spin-offs like Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon.

It’s enough to do Pokemon second on Nintendo’s top-selling franchise list. He is only lagging behind Mario, which has sold over half a billion units worldwide over the past 30 years. There is little hope of Pokemon always catch up Mario in terms of sales, but one has to imagine that the developers of Game Freak are delighted to have the second place on lock.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon provided the final push the series needed to get over $ 300 million in sales. They are also important for more than one reason, as they will be the final main line. Pokemon games for the 3DS and, by extension, probably the final Pokemon games released for a Nintendo handheld. After 20 years of keeping main series exclusives on handhelds like the Game Boy, DS and 3DS, Game Freak and Nintendo are poised to break with tradition and bring a main line. Pokemon game on the Nintendo Switch.

We won’t hear from it again until the end of 2018, and it looks like there’s a good chance the game itself won’t launch until 2019. Still, it’s an exciting time for any kid who has. ever wished they could play a main line Pokemon game on their home console. In the meantime, we have Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon to help us out, and these seem to cap off the series’ pocket run pretty well.