The Pokémon Company has revealed that it sold an absolutely mind-blowing 3.7 billion Pokémon cards during the fiscal year 2020-2021.
As reported by Serebii’s Joe Merrick, the figure is more than double the previous year’s 1.6 billion total, and takes the total figure of Pokémon cards sold worldwide to 34.1 billion. The sudden jump is likely down to a number of factors, although the widely reported rise in value of older cards and the crazy scalper scenes we’ve seen over the past few months will no doubt have had a strong impact.
Back in February, The Pokémon Company acknowledged what it described as “very high demand” for new card packs in a public notice, promising to print more to ensure everyone could get their hands on them. Naturally, with more cards available at retail, the fewer opportunities there are for scalpers to capitalise on low stock, and TCG fans have seemingly been feeling a little more optimistic about the state of the game in recent weeks.
Serebii also reveals that The Pokémon Company shifted 12 million video games over that same time period, bringing the lifetime video game sales total to 380 million.