The Pokémon Company reports its most profitable year yet

Pokemon Legends Arceus Starters
Pokemon Legends Arceus Starters (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • The Pokémon Company is a company collectively owned by Creatures, Game Freak, and Nintendo.
  • The company is responsible for the brand management and distribution of all media and products within the Pokémon franchise.
  • It reports its most profitable fiscal year since its inception in 1998.

Founded in 1998, The Pokémon Company is responsible for branding, management, and distribution of the Pokémon franchise — this includes the Pokémon video games, the Trading Card Game, merchandise, TV shows, and movies. Pokémon is the highest-grossing media franchise in existence, bigger even than the likes of Star Wars and Mickey Mouse.

In its latest financial year ending in February 2022, The Pokémon Company disclosed its most profitable year yet, as reported by Kantan Games. Here are the highlights:

  • Sales — 204 billion yen (+ 70.4%)
  • Operating profit — 59 billion yen (+ 115%)
  • Net profit — 41 billion yen (+ 123%)

This can be attributed in part to the sales of New Pokémon Snap, a long-awaited sequel to the classic on the Nintendo 64; the remake of the highly popular games on the Nintendo DS, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl; and the brand-new spin-off game that changed the catching and battling mechanics in a groundbreaking manner, Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Pokémon games thrive best on handheld systems, and with the hybrid nature of the Nintendo Switch, fans can get console-level graphics in a handheld form. And with Pokémon Scarlet and Violet coming in 2022, the series is set to do even better in the current fiscal year.

Nadine Dornieden

Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.