Four Million Copies of Pokémon X&Y Sold in First Two Days of Global Launch

October 15, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo announced today that its latest Pokémon games, Pokémon X&Y, sold through four million copies in its first two days of release. The two different variants on the same game collectively are off to a rousing start. The games were released in North America, Japan and many parts of Europe this past Saturday. Nintendo said that by late Sunday, the games became the fastest selling ever on 3DS (with the sales of both games combined, obviously). Nintendo expects more milestones for these latest titles, tracking well ahead of the previous games in the series - Pokémon Black & White 2 - by more than 70 percent already.

"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," Nintendo said. "However, when combining and comparing regional data for previous launches, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y would be the fastest-selling Nintendo 3DS title of all time and is tracking ahead of the last Pokémon RPG title, Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, by more than 70 per cent."

For now, Pokémon Diamond & Pearl for the Nintendo DS, remains the most popular in the franchise with 17.63 million units sold.


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Re: Four Million Copies of Pokémon X&Y Sold in First Two ...

Nintendo expects more milestones for these latest titles, tracking well ahead of the previous games in the series - Pokémon Black & White 2 - by more than 70 percent already.

As I recall, B&W 2 only sold half as many copies as the original B&W, which I think would make for a better comparison here. If I extrapolate roughly from my recalled number, that would put X&Y at 85% as many sold as B&W at a comparable time. This is a decline, sure, but when B&W came out, the DS had been out for quite a long time and had a huge install base. X&Y are coming out to a much smaller 3DS install base (though one could argue they're now a killer app for it and will move 3DSs), so the numbers are perhaps more favorable than that 85% figure would make it seem. So even adjusting the factors here, I'd say this release was a huge success so far.

Re: Four Million Copies of Pokémon X&Y Sold in First Two ...

Yep. I can see a whole lot of 2DSs and 3DSs being bought for Christmas this year along with Pokemon X&Y. This will drive massive sales for Nintendo handhelds this year.

Re: Four Million Copies of Pokémon X&Y Sold in First Two ...

And now, may I present to you the evidence to the contrary of "Nintendo is doomed". I don't think anyone is going to scoff at four million worldwide sales. Well, maybe Square-Enix, but the inmates are running that particular asylum at this point, so just ignore them.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Four Million Copies of Pokémon X&Y Sold in First Two ...

Yeah, i feel worried for anyone working at a square enix studio whenever they release a big game.

 
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