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JakMan
May 10th, 2011, 01:59 AM
Just wondering from other Pokéfans, whether you think the Pokémon franchise makes more money from their video games or their merchandise?

This is for a school assignment, so if you could please give a reason for you answer. Thankyou!

ShinyMeowth
May 10th, 2011, 04:04 AM
The games, definitely. In this wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_video_games), you can see they have sold over 113.7 million copies total. The usual price when they are released is 45.95 euros, which makes ~5.22 billion euros from the games. While I do not have sales figures to back me up, I can assure you that pokemon merchandise is not near widespread enough to exceed that.

Seeds Horizon
May 10th, 2011, 05:36 AM
Probably the video games, though I wouldnt be sure if the Anime and Manga would count as merchandise...

o3o
May 10th, 2011, 10:55 AM
As the above two posters have said, most likely the video games.

donavannj
May 10th, 2011, 11:35 AM
Definitely the video games, but the merchandise is more supplemental revenue, except in the case of the TCG, where it's a force in its own right, consistently selling well over its 15 year lifespan.

Kenshin5
May 10th, 2011, 12:17 PM
With Main Series, Spinoffs like Colosseum, XD, Battle Revolution, Rangers, Puzzle, Pinball, Mystery Dungeon, Other they make more money through those then other outlets like TCG, Manga, Anime, Toys, etc. So I would say the games are the face of the franchise by far.

Naruto Uzumaki
May 10th, 2011, 04:02 PM
The video game is much popular. I see plenty people of playing the games, but hardly anyone watches it anymore. I'm guessing the anime isn't under merchandise?

Kenshin5
May 10th, 2011, 04:28 PM
I assume anything purchased that is not the video games. Which includes Anime since you can buy it on DVD.

Nelauk
May 10th, 2011, 04:44 PM
dude it's pretty obvious that pokemon makes a lot more money from the games than the merchandise

they sell millions of copies each year

Rai
May 10th, 2011, 08:02 PM
The games definitely. They make A LOT of money off merchandise from me though. I have an entire collection of pokemon plushies and it keeps growing and growing x3

Hikamaru
May 10th, 2011, 08:23 PM
The Video Games is where the most royalties (money) come from.

It's why Pokemon is still going today after 15 years.

PlatinumDude
May 11th, 2011, 01:37 AM
I go for the video games more because they have better replay value.

JakMan
May 11th, 2011, 02:12 AM
Thanks everyone! My understanding is that merchandise counts as anything other than the video games, including the anime and related movies and the TCG, to name a few.

Maple Leaf
May 11th, 2011, 11:35 AM
The video games get all of my money, so I would be partial on my answer.

Therefore, I would say video games as well...

Sora's Nobody
May 11th, 2011, 12:16 PM
The games, definitely. In this wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_video_games), you can see they have sold over 113.7 million copies total. The usual price when they are released is 45.95 euros, which makes ~5.22 billion euros from the games. While I do not have sales figures to back me up, I can assure you that pokemon merchandise is not near widespread enough to exceed that.
Dont forget that the 45€ or whatever i dont care, Go to the sellers, aka gamestop ect.. Gamestop buys the games from nintendo at a certain price.
So they probably only earn half of what the game is worth.

ShinyMeowth
May 12th, 2011, 03:15 AM
Dont forget that the 45€ or whatever i dont care, Go to the sellers, aka gamestop ect.. Gamestop buys the games from nintendo at a certain price.
So they probably only earn half of what the game is worth.
Even that way, 2.61 billion euros is quite a lot, don't you agree?

XtinaIsMeLuvinWWE
May 13th, 2011, 03:58 PM
Video games, they're so addictive and really unlike anything else on the market, there's a reason they've lasted this long :) Also, they have a huge replay-ability factor, so they last a long time and are worth every penny you pay for them :)

RivalGator
May 13th, 2011, 04:49 PM
Video games because not only do people usually want to collect one of each in each generation, they usually will go for all three versions (here's to saying there is a third, sometimes there is not.) But most people will usually buy three of them if they are real collectors. I bought R/B/Y, G/S/C, R/S/E, D/P(But not Pearl, sadly), HG/SS and Black. I think the games make a huge impact on reeling in the money, because they are worth the money and fun and there are always endless things to do and endless ways to add on. The games keep expanding every time, how could you really break the habit?