Japan Goes Gaga for Pokemon Black & White

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Pokemon Black & White Versions are well on their way to becoming some of the best-selling DS titles of all time.

If there is a single person on this planet who didn’t think that Pokemon Black & White would sell like crazy – even before the two versions became the most-preordered DS games of all time in Japan – then that person is officially a ninny.

Nintendo has revealed that the fifth generation of Pokemon games – which some are calling a “reboot” of the franchise thanks to the new setting and entirely new roster – sold 2.63 million copies in its first 48 hours on shelves. In comparison, Pokemon Diamond & Pearl sold a paltry 1.58 million copies in a week back in 2006.

Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver together were the second-best-selling games of 2009 in Japan (#1 was Dragon Quest IX, natch), racking up 3,382,597 units sold in the year. At this pace, it won’t take long for Black & White to catch up.


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