With the advent of Pokémon Go, one of the biggest merchandising franchises in the gaming industry has come back to life – in a big way. If you were around in the late nineties or early 2000s when Pokémon was very popular, you may remember all the different things you could own with Pikachu and his friends on it. Expect all that merchandise to come back along with quite a few new gadgets and gizmos themed around all things Pokémon.
Pokémon Go is an app and virtual reality based game that you can play on your smartphone. One of the problems with the game is that you have to walk around with your phone screen on and the app running to find and catch Pokémon. That drains batteries like crazy and makes for some awkward situations.
Game maker Nintendo has a solution in the works with Pokémon Go Plus that allows you to capture Pokémon with the push of a button and without having your phone in front of you. It’s currently in prelaunch, but you should get ready to sell this hot gizmo now and be ready to cash in on affiliate commissions.
Since the game is played on a smartphone, expect to see a rise in cell phone accessories with a Pokémon theme to hit the market. What enthusiastic Pokémon trainer wouldn’t want a matching phone case to show how much they love the game? Build your platform and grow your list of Pokémon players now and then keep an eye out for new merchandise as it pops up. Trust me, you won’t run out of things to promote to your list and on your site in this hot gaming niche.
Speaking of merchandise, let’s not forget about the various stuffed animals, toys, t-shirts, bedding, cups, stickers and just about everything else you can think of that we saw in the 90s. Since Pokémon has never completely gone away, there’s quite a bit of this available today. Expect product variety and sales to skyrocket between now and Christmas.
There is even a Pokecrate, a monthly subscription service that sends you a box of Pokémon related merchandise each month. In other words, the fandom and market are strong already and demand will only go up with the renewed interest in all things Pokémon by the mainstream.
Get ready with great content and affiliate offers and then keep your eyes open for new products to hit the market that you can promote as an affiliate. Start on Amazon and work your way through more specialized offerings including plenty of niche t-shirts, mugs and the likes.