Nintendo and Game Freak’s latest effort in the long running Pokémon franchise is off to a stellar start on the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS. Pokémon X and Y have combined globally to sell more than 4 million copies in two days at retail.
Nintendo delivered the news this morning by way of press release, which you can read by clicking the button at the bottom of this post. In that release, Nintendo indicated that Pokémon X and Y are on pace to be the fastest sellers ever on the Nintendo 3DS.
…when combining and comparing regional data for previous launches, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y would be the fastest-selling Nintendo 3DS games of all time and are tracking ahead of the last Pokémon RPG titles, Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, by more than 70 percent.
Personally, I’m interested in what type of hardware boost this gave Nintendo. How many gamers went out and bought a 3DS or 2DS specifically to play Pokémon X and Y?
We’ll have our official review of Pokémon X and Y live soon. Ron Duwell and I are currently working our way through both games.
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Sell More Than 4 Million Units Worldwide in First Two Days
First Pokémon RPG for Nintendo 3DS Launches Simultaneously Around the World
REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– On Saturday, Oct. 12, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y for Nintendo 3DS became the first set of games in franchise history to launch simultaneously worldwide. Nintendo reported today that the games combined to sell more than 4 million units across Japan, Europe* and The Americas on Saturday, Oct. 12, and Sunday, Oct. 13.
“The early response to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y not only reaffirms the ongoing passion of Pokémon fans, but also indicates that an entirely new generation of gamers is eager to experience the franchise for itself,” said Nintendo President Satoru Iwata.
Since this was the first global launch in franchise history, there isn’t an exact historical precedent for comparison. However, when combining and comparing regional data for previous launches,Pokémon X and Pokémon Y would be the fastest-selling Nintendo 3DS games of all time and are tracking ahead of the last Pokémon RPG titles, Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, by more than 70 percent.
With more than 245 million** games sold worldwide, the Pokémon franchise continues to be one of the strongest brands in the history of video games. Since 2002, five sets of Pokémon titles have combined to exceed 10 million units sold to date worldwide, with three sets combining to surpass 15 million units. That list includes:
|Title||Platform||Total Global Sales|
|Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl||Nintendo DS||17.63 Million|
|Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire||Game Boy Advance||16.22 Million|
|Pokémon Black and Pokémon White||Nintendo DS||15.42 Million|
|Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver||Nintendo DS||12.67 Million|
|Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen||Game Boy Advance||12 Million|
*Data from Europe primarily covers Saturday, Oct. 12, as the great majority of retail outlets are closed on Sundays across Europe.
**Pokémon global sales are based on internal sales figures, and are current as of March 31, 2013.
About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.1 billion video games and more than 655 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.