Pok?mon ORAS launch captures series record in UK

Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire debut sales top Black and White

An abundance of water didn’t stop Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire from scoring franchise record launch sales in the United Kingdom last week, according to GfK Chart-Track.

The 3DS role-playing games were the nation’s sixth and seventh best-selling titles for the week ending November 29 after having just released the previous day. Combined, they would have placed third atop the charts, behind mainstays Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and FIFA 15.

The figures were good enough to notch a new record debut for the series in the UK, outperforming last year’s Pokémon X and Y by 17 percent and unseating Pokémon Black and White to become the new Pokémon master.

This follows word that Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire amassed more than 3 million sales prior to the European launch. Expect that number to climb mightily in the weeks and months ahead.

CoD advances to the top [GfK Chart-Track via Joystiq]

Kyle MacGregor Burleson