Parallel to Niantic Labs working a wide range of occasions for the worldwide sensation, Pokemon Go, is Recreation Freak and Nintendo’s occasions for the Nintendo 3DS variations of Pokemon Extremely Solar and Pokemon Extremely Moon. Nicely, whereas Pokemon Go‘s newest occasion has been a blockbuster, Pokemon Extremely‘s newest occasion didn’t go so properly.
The official Twitter account for the Pokemon database web site, Serebii.web, posted up the outcomes of the most recent main occasion for Pokemon Extremely Solar and Pokemon Extremely Moon. The occasion’s predominant purpose was to have avid gamers catch as much as 10 million Pokemon between November 16th, 2017 and November 27th, 2017. Players would successfully have 11 days to catch 10 million Pokemon. Nevertheless, avid gamers fell properly wanting that by virtually half, racking up solely 5.four million Pokemon as an alternative.
It was a reasonably large failure, developing quick by four.5 million Pokemon. It is the direct reverse of how properly the most recent Pokemon Go occasion did, which noticed a a lot greater engagement over a a lot shorter time period. For example, the Pokemon Go Global Catch Challenge began at 500 million Pokemon that needed to be caught, and after avid gamers hit that normal in simply over a day, the subsequent activity was to catch 1.5 billion Pokemon over the course of 48 hours, after which after that they needed to catch three billion Pokemon inside 48 hours. Amazingly, avid gamers from around the globe got here collectively to hit every of these objectives.
Now, it ought to be famous that there is a fairly huge barrier to entry between each video games, which might afford Niantic to set such excessive objectives. For example, Pokemon Go is free-to-play, so anybody with a appropriate smartphone can obtain a duplicate. Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have a relatively steep $40 value of entry.
Clearly, there’s going to be a smaller pool of gamers out there for video games just like the 3DS titles, which severely limits the quantity of people that can go round catching Pokemon and trying to hit that purpose.
Nonetheless, this was a difficulty that Recreation Freak and Nintendo encountered earlier than final yr when Pokemon Solar and Pokemon Moon each launched for the Nintendo 3DS, and there have been some particular occasions happening that did not fairly meet their objectives.
I feel there are a selection of points that contribute to Nintendo’s handhelds developing quick within the occasion division, however provided that the recognition of the hand held is waning, the gross sales of the latest video games are nonetheless recent, and — as identified in quite a lot of the feedback within the Twitter thread — many younger children and avid gamers eager to play Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon in all probability will not get a duplicate till Christmas. Possibly then Nintendo can strive the occasion as soon as extra for higher outcomes?