Pokemon Black & White sell 1 million on day one

Nintendo's latest strategy RPG duo sets franchise-best record following March 6 release in US.

Pokemon fans have responded with ardor to the fifth generation in Nintendo's strategy role-playing franchise Pokemon. Today, Nintendo announced that Pokemon Black and White have set new sales records following their launch in the US on Sunday. Combined, the two versions of the same game sold 1.08 million units within 24 hours in the region.

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That figure bests the one-day performance of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, which had previously held the record with 780,000 combined units following their release in 2007. It also isn't the first record for the latest Pokemon titles, as the two games sold a franchise-best 2.6 million units following their launch in Japan last September. The two titles also broke an industry-wide record in Japan by reaching the 5 million-unit milestone faster than any other DS game.

Nintendo has been fueling the release of Pokemon Black and White in the US with a limited-edition DSi bundle. Available for $180, the bundle comes in black or white and includes a like-colored version of the game. The DSi systems also feature Legendary Pokemon Reshiram and Zekrom etched onto their faces, as well as a themed carrying case.

Featuring marginal differences between each other, Pokemon Black and White include more than 150 new critters to capture, train, and battle. Nintendo also introduced an all-new region, Unova, for players to explore with the benefit of changing in-game seasons. Also new to the series is Triple Battles and Rotation Battles, which are aimed at diversifying the in-game fighting experience.

Check out GameSpot's review of Pokemon Black and White for more on the game.

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161 comments
videun
videun

Nice 3D effects.

syam32245340
syam32245340

pokemon is really special. countless sequels and still standing

msudude211
msudude211

I've been on the fence about this game. Since I don't play have the time to train/grind to play competitively, I feel like there's much less replayability and incentive to play...

Imperator2007
Imperator2007

All I have to say is..... I WANNA BE THE VERY BEST, LIKE NO ONE EVER WAS!! Duh duh DOO DAA!! TO CATCH THEM IS MY REAL TEST, TO TRAIN THEM IS MY CAUSEEEEEE!

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

I got Black version sunday, and I've already got 40 hours on it...

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

And to think: 15 years ago Pokemon was just another fad kids that would soon die out like all the rest.

gokufan555
gokufan555

This game is the one to get forget about the other ones get this one

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

Must get Reshiram! The formula is repeated, but it'll still hook Pokemon veterans and newcomers alike. Time to recharge my old launch DS.

E3Abe09
E3Abe09

pokemon fans will never go away like not even if some new trending game came out poke fans stay loyal!

aryanbrar
aryanbrar

even though nintendo is milking pokemon games, they are still like million times better then that crap in the corner called call of duty. at least nintendo adds new stuff to games.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

gonna rent white.........gotta say though, kinda wish there was a pokemon game with real time combat. so its like the show a bit.

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

@Wormkid_64 That sounds alot like my idea. When ever the next pokemon game games out that is for the 3DS, they should make where, if you are going to play with a friend infront of you, you should be able have the pokemon battle, litteraly, on you bed, or on the floor, or anywhere really!

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@ DanielL5583 In my Augmented Reality idea,that's exactly how it should be. You'd have 3D pokemon jumping around your room,and you'd be following them with your 3DS as you battle your friend. MAN I really hope developers see the same potential for AR games as I do.

mtait01
mtait01

it just goes to show that a repeated solid formula will always be well recieved! Its just a shame that this philosophy also goes for other crappy games like COD

LampLove
LampLove

@lizzie1238 The battle system is still the same. Adding new effects such as the Deck Commands and Shotlocks only changes the styles of the battles. A comparable Pokemon comparison would be the addition of triple battles. Sure it's a new feature that requires new strategies and new ways to battle, but the gameplay is still the same. Birth by Sleep had what, 3 new Disney areas? The amount of areas that appeared in previous games far outnumber the amount of new areas. DDD is set to have old areas as well as new ones, we'll see how that one goes (I think Notre Dame is the only announced one so far) @lilrobda 365, 358, I still own it and I still beat it. I thought it was a good game, but I know when games recycle old content to make something new. Being a KH fan and criticizing Pokemon for being derivative is hypocritical.

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

@LampLove It's 358/2 days not 365/2 days.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

@Wormkid_64 What about 3D models of the Pokemon in the later games, rather than sprites? That'd be good.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

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kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@wormkid_64 I agree with you, and your suggestions are exactly the sort of thing that might help to freshen things up. Seriously, guys, we all want the games to be like the cartoons dont we? We want a living, deep world with realistic interactions and animations, a massive diverse world where you can meet other trainers. Meet up with your friends online and traverse the poke world together. Battle together. Use your voice to control your pokemon. Swing a wii remote to throw a pokeball. Customize your character so you arent always playing as a 10 yr old boy. These are just my ideas. What if GF really tried? they could make a truly amazing game. i hope they do let the franchise evolve but without losing anything of what makes it a pokemon game. fingers crossed for the future.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@ kavadias1981 One more thing,thank you for not being a jerk when you disagreed with me.I hate when things turn into hate wars. Another idea I believe they should use in the future Pokemon games is augmented reality.They could bring back the card game(I never played it,but I heard it was rather "neat"),and then you could use the cards to battle your friends in a multiplayer AR game.Each system would read the cards,and communicate with each other what was going on,and on each screen,little mutant stuffed animals would be wailing on each other in 3D.How cool would THAT be?

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@ kavadias1981 There are tons of other kinds of Pokemon games.There was Snap on the N64,along with Stadium 1 and 2,there have been a few on the Wii in recent years where the Pokemon were toys,or that one with the "PokePark" or whatever. It's not like rock paper scissors gameplay is the only kind pokemon has. That said,of course there is room for improvement. I would personally like to see more dynamic fighting,sort of like Mario and Luigi where you have to do things after an attack for it to be successful,or where you have the capacity to dodge and counter attacks. Something SIMILAR,not the same,would make the battles more engaging,and it wouldn't feel so lame when an it says,"Enemy avoided your attack",or "Snivy used Razor Leaf,but it failed!"Also if fainted Pokemon just fell to the ground in double and triple battles instead of falling off the screen completely.It would be nice to see your fallen enemy lay there while you took out his amigos.Also when they attack physically,make them actually scratch each other and stuff,instead of my pokemon lunging and a scratch effect showing up over the enemy. But the core gameplay is all I ever want it to be. I've never been interested in all those other types of pokemon games.

Link3301
Link3301

@Oh yeah thats right, when you count it goes 1,2,3,4,7,9,10. Who heres the idiot who tricked me into thinking 5,6, and were real numbers and told that there were such things as year numbered 2005, 2006, and 2008

Tylendal
Tylendal

@Units420 I agree, the fact that there are NO old pokemon until you beat the game is very nice. I did have a little trouble balancing my team, due to a surfeit of tanks within fifth gen, but it's nice that whatever I do take, is NEW. I remember playing through Diamond, I'd get the feeling that I wasn't enjoying the game as much as I could when I got something like a Gyrados, as opposed to, say, Crickatot, who was an unkown factor. Without pokemon like Tentacruel, Crobat, Golem, and Alakazam tempting me with their tried and true awesomeness, I'm able to try something new without guilt.

Units420
Units420

Actually checking the dates, there is a three year gap between FR&LG and D/P (2004-2007). Platinum came out two years after D/P(2007-2009) with their only being a year between Platinum and the Gold/Silver remakes. So looking at it like that, Nintendo has been pretty good in spacing the games out.

Units420
Units420

@Calvin079 If we are talking about remakes and the obligatory "revision" game in a generation, then yes. There has been a game every year. Other wise, its not false that the main games have been on a 4-5 year cycle. Anyways, I've had White since Sunday and its awesome. Kudos for not featuring past generation Pokemon in the main play through. It really feels like starting over trying to get a feel for these new Pokemon. And I can't praise enough the tweaks to the battle system in making battles alot more faster and efficient.

atopp399
atopp399

For a lot of people this will be their last DS game...

jecht_35
jecht_35

the pokemon game that I would like to see is when they combine all the regions together and make the pokemon world. now thats something that i would buy a definite next gen game for pokemon.

Spahettificator
Spahettificator

I would like to see pokemon in a fully 3D (as in normal 3D, not eye poppy 3D) world, with the pokemon visible walking around the world (like the monsters in Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross). Core mechanics would stay the same (so fans would still be happy) but it would be better looking and less annoying (i.e no more unwanted encounters with Zubats in caves -__-) Also think it would work with the battles being more action-RPGish, like they are in the TV show but that's just a personal fancy.

sman3579
sman3579

"If they hate then let em hate and watch the money pile up". Game Freak and Nintnedo pretty much live by this quote. No matter how much people are hating on games like Pokemon, they just continue to make them the way they know the fans like it, and continue to gain success. I'm personally happy that Nintendo and Game Freak don't listen to the people who would just make them lose money. We all know that changing the formula would just due two things: 1. Upset the fans who actually buy the Pokemon games; 2. Please the people who complain about Pokemon being the same but will never actually buy the game even if the formula is changed. Anyways, Pokemon is a great game in general, I don't know why people would want it to change. I don't know if people know this but, a sequel is supposed to be similar to the previous game; that is why the game is a sequel. It's supposed to retain the "backbone" of the original game while adding new features; which Pokemon does do. Anyways, congrats to GF and Nintendo on their franchises success.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Its a good thing i dont post my comments in order to rack up thumbs ups. Look, i can see that many of you disagree with me but my opinion isn't exclusive to pokemon. I see a number of successful franchises that i believe need a refresh. Resident evil was a high scoring series but then they overhauled it and it got even better. Ditto mario and zelda. Metal gear, grand theft auto. The list goes on. All these games got better as they evolved with the technology. But pokemon is essentially still the same as ever, minus some subtle additions. still, like dualmask pointed out, it is intended to bring in new players right. i just wish they would refresh the franchise so that old fans like me could enjoy it again. oh well.

Rimmer_Dall
Rimmer_Dall

I've had this game for a few days now, and I like the mechanics and all, but... So far my fighting team consists of only 2 pokemon (Serperior/Liepard). There's so few good designs I can't find any wild pokemon I want on my team. It's kinda boring that way. Doesn't help that I can't find any of the older pokemon that I love. I have my eye on that jellyfish pokemon and Braviary, but those aren't available yet. At the point I am in this game now I already had a full team of 6 in Platinum and at least 4 in SoulSilver. The pokemon designs this gen are pretty lame.

TKandPBC
TKandPBC

Iunno if it's just me, but the pokemon this gen are hideous...

legolas506
legolas506

This game looks awesome! I've been a fan ever since the first game. I don't really like the starter pokemon though. Wish you could capture charmander or one of the other starter pokemon from the other games.

EdwardoMario16
EdwardoMario16

There are no lousy Geodudes and Zubats hanging around, but you still have your Regional Bird (Pidove, who sucks) and Regional Normal-Types (Who always sucked) that exist only to be captured/killed. Woobat and Roggenrola are essentially the regions' Zubat and Geodude. So yeah, GF got rid of Zubat and Geodude, but still keeps around the same old and tired traditions. B/W has some tweaks/improvements here and there over previous gens(No more critical annoyance), but still stubbornly hold onto tired concepts. Overall it's what you expect out of a Pokemon game. What you see is what you get. If you're into Pokemon, have a blast.

Calvin079
Calvin079

@ Nintendboy16: False; Pokemon has been released every year since the remakes of Blue and Red. First it was Diamond & Pearl a year later Platinum came out. A year later, the remakes of Silver and Gold. under a year later, we have this. If that isn't rehashed to death like COD...

vader501st
vader501st

And people complain about Call of Duty...No franchise has been more rehashed than Pokemon.

saxoman1
saxoman1

@FanFicGuru lol. Pokemon Snap WAS the best pokemon game for me as well xD That was one hella fun game :) "Take my apples of doom mew!"

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

I'm not the only one thinking the newer Pokemon games are burnt out of ideas, am I?

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

Oh man, I remember playing the Red and Blue versions.Those were the days when kids traded cards and battled on their GameBoy Pockets... (sigh) I think I'll buy a GameBoy Color and Pokemon Red just for the sake of nostalgia.

FanFicGuru
FanFicGuru

@Tylendal: I agree with you 99%. The 1% challenge I have is Pokemon Snap! Which is probably the greatest Pokemon game ever released. lol

buckybuckster
buckybuckster

Wow....impressive! This series shows no sign of slowing down. Even more impressive is the fact that kids are still able to trick parents into needlessly buying both versions of the game!

Tylendal
Tylendal

To all the people saying they should overhaul or change pokemon? That's ludicrous. They've been making slow, careful improvements to the system, but it's stayed the same, and that's a GOOD thing. We know what we've come to expect from the pokemon series, and that's why we like it. If we wanted something different, we'd buy a different game. Saying that they need to do something different with pokemon is like saying they need to make Call of Duty into a racing game, or Halo into a JRPG. We want a pokemon game. Not a game with Pokemon in the title, that we've never seen before.

DarthChristian
DarthChristian

wow why are there so many blind fanboys on gamespot now. everybody who's stated the obvious truth about this game; its the same game you've been buying and playing since like 1998. has been getting the negative marks. I havent played a pokemon in years and dont plan on playing one ever again, and do agree that it is the same thing in every installment just 20 or so new pokemon added in each one. But I still respect the series and the fun I had playing it on the old Gameboy Pocket and GBA. Its a genius concept and idea from both Nintendo & Game Freaks so really why should they change it $$$

vega13mv
vega13mv

battling and trading with my firends easier, quicker, and just as much fun as it ever was, these games are best played with friends and that's what makes them so fun and addictive, the formula works so why change it?

Dualmask
Dualmask

People who see Pokemon Black and White as just rehashes are missing the point. The best way to maintain a game series is not to keep completely reinventing every single aspect of the game. Black/White is a definite improvement over the previous games, but it's not an overhaul. Why? There are two reasons. One, the game must be appealing enough to make Pokemon fans continue to want to play. Two, the more important reason is to bring in NEW players. Everyone gets tired of a series sooner or later. You can't keep "evolving" because eventually your audience outgrows your work and you'll need to appeal to a new generation (i.e., kids). So Game Freak should never completely change the Pokemon game system, just keep making marginal improvements...and keep breaking sales records...just like Call of Duty and Super Mario and other long-running game series. Add a little, but retain the skeleton to appeal to both fans and draw in new gamers. That's how to succeed. They did everything right.

snake63
snake63

Pokemon always follow the same old RPG battle system for over 20 years starting with Final Fantasy.

Desierto101
Desierto101

I stop playing pokemon in Esmerald, the next game didn´t really like them.