Pokemon Black & White sell 2 million in 2 weeks

Following March 6 release in US, Nintendo's latest RPG duo reaches another sales milestone.

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Given the fact that they sold 1.08 million units during the first 24 hours on the US market, the twin titles Pokemon Black and Pokemon White were instant hits. Today, Nintendo of America tweeted that the two games reached 2 million units in US sales within the two weeks following their March 6 debut.

With 2 million copies of Pokemon Black and White in circulation in the US, catching them all would be a Sisyphean task.

The momentum Pokemon Black & White are showing in the US is short of what the two titles displayed in Japan. There, the games sold a franchise-best 2.6 million units during the first week following their launch last September. The 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 further promoting 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 creatures 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.

Discussion

120 comments
prioritymail
prioritymail

These pokemon games are too similar. I am only going to wait until Game Freak actually innovates the series before I buy another pokemon game from them.

FireboltDS
FireboltDS

It's excellent that it's selling so well in japan, surely there will be a lot of competitivity, given the new random battle system.

StarlightHunter
StarlightHunter

"And life is WAY more than an equation of time spent with the opposite gender." Life is about excelling, learning, bettering yourself and others. The oposite sex is just a perk that is not at all required.

StarlightHunter
StarlightHunter

Am I right to say this is the best Pokemon game ever made. I used to hate the next Pokemon designs but now I love them. Vanillish FTW XD.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@ mtait01 You are absolutely correct,my friend. However it doesn't even matter.There is no need to defend yourself. If I see a forty year old who enjoys playing some E-rated game,what on earth is the harm in that?I don't care if he' playing some kid's number and color game,it may be weird,but if that's what he wants fine.Games are about fun,not gamer scores,graphics,guns,blood,guts,and all of that junk. And life is WAY more than an equation of time spent with the opposite gender. If that's your measurement of someone's manhood/womanhood, you're far more immature,primitive, and pathetic than any forty year old man(or anyone else for that matter) making mutant stuffed animals beat the snot out of each other in order to catch 'em all,and I pity you. Now we wait and see what he spews.Well you can if you want,I got a life to live.Let him spew.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@ Freshmangina And we can't imagine how little contact you have with gray matter.....

mtait01
mtait01

@Freshmangina I personally haven't bought a Pokemon game since Pokemon Gold and Silver for the GB, but that still doesnt mean I don't play them from time to time. I understand your point of view, but you're so narrow minded its a joke. Pokemon games are solid RPG's, just because it has the Pokemon logo doesn't make it sad. 2,000,000 copies sold actually points towards the franchise not being sad at all, but still largely popular with the younger generation just getting into the series but also for people like me who grew up on Pokemon. I personally have massive respect for the Pokemon series, the first versions, Red and Blue, were released using graphics and sound effects from the 80's and were still massively popular because it was an awesome game.

Freshmangina
Freshmangina

hahahhaa i got 22 thumbs down because i said that people above 14 still playing pokemon are sad? hahaha i cant imagine how much contact you guys have with the opposite s.ex LOL

ocdchild
ocdchild

Still one of my favorite game franchises. I don't care what people say about it, I know no matter what, I'm going to have fun playing it.

ocdchild
ocdchild

Still one of my favorite game franchises. I don't care what people say about it, I know no matter what, I'm going to have fun playing it.

SKErwin
SKErwin

@AncientDozer "Will Pokemon last into the far future?" Well, tell me how did it until now...

Nintendo_Ownes7
Nintendo_Ownes7

@DJCartmell In Pokemon Yellow Pikachu was suppose to be Ash's Pikachu so it always refused to evolve. The only way to get it to evolve was to trade it to Red or Blue and use the Thunderstone.

mtait01
mtait01

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Kan0nF0dder
Kan0nF0dder

I haven't played a pokemon game in a while but you can't doubt the core gameplay - it's addictive and fun. From what I've seen though, in recent years the design of the pokemon themselves has gone completely off the wall - half of them look ridiculous. This wasn't the case back when I was playing, but I haven't since Pokemon Gold/Silver.

ZackMAck43
ZackMAck43

You people know why pokemon sells so many games, year after year with not much improving. They stay true to there element. Game companies like this often have wide fanbase. try Cod, BF, final fantasy, tomb raider and many more. If they change it, they risk losing fans that are faithful and may gain fans that are not so faithful

penpusher
penpusher

@Freshmangina why? have you actually played the game or are you just looking at the graphics? Its a solid RPG and cathing all the pokemon provides hours of gametime....try actually playing the game

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@Units420 Sure you can. There's no time limit that decides a fad. If Pokemon died tomorrow, people would call it a fad undoubtedly. What is "popular" and "cool" changes all the time, with some things lasting a lot longer than others. The idea that a "fad" is a terrible thing is also a misconception. Did we not all have our moment of fun with pogs? The various trading card games from the well known Magic Cards to the much more obscure Dune cards? Will Pokemon last into the far future? Who knows. But the point I'm trying to make is that a reviewer, indeed anyone, has a right not to like the game, the franchise, or the formula. And sales don't invalidate those opinions since, as I pointed out, things like furby or pogs sold quite a bit but are now considered "stupid" by many of the kids today.

The_CJ_Dude
The_CJ_Dude

Black and White brought back that (relatively) down to earth atmosphere from the originals, compared to the over-the-top stories of gens 3 and 4. I liked that a lot :) Of course... I love all Pokemon games, no matter how cheesy they get XD

shalashaska88
shalashaska88

Proud to be one of those..oh wait this US, still great numbers!

UWantFryzWitDat
UWantFryzWitDat

Answer me this. Who's the dummy that thought 3 water type HM's would be awesome? They need to either make hm's overwritable, make dive and waterfall tms or do away with them altogether.

DJCartmell
DJCartmell

@Wormkid_64 Amen to that Victinin kicks ass!

DJCartmell
DJCartmell

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DJCartmell
DJCartmell

@jay_french_cool Didn't you ever try using a lightning stone to make him evolve lol! I recomend it I play this on the 3DS all the time it's realy adictive if you like the originals than you'll love this one!

DJCartmell
DJCartmell

I play this game the most on my 3DS at the moment I absolutely love this game it's a masterpiece!

jay_french_cool
jay_french_cool

Might get this just for the nostalga.......was addicted to red and yellow back in its day....even if that little tit pikachu refuses to evolve......

Trogeton
Trogeton

the ds lites got so cheap and JUST for these games I am SO tempted to buy one again, the pokemon games are SO addictive

Link3301
Link3301

@GONtheSKYLORD Source Please. I would like to read this.

Units420
Units420

@Freshmangina: You don't know how ridiculous you sound. And you do realize this is the kind of stuff people say about gamers in general? @Ancientdozer: Not sure I get the analogy between something that actually was a fad and something that people thought would be and continues to be one of the top selling franchises on any system.

GONtheSKYLORD
GONtheSKYLORD

@Ryosagi @PhazonBlazer You guys realize there will not be a 3rd version of these games? Straight from gamefreak, not a rumor. Besides, a 3rd version wouldn't be released before 4th quarter 2012, then by which DS will be dead.

bri360
bri360

In my heart there is still only 150 pokemon :P

PhazonBlazer
PhazonBlazer

I actually can't wait for Pokemon Gray to come out!

KnightsBlazing
KnightsBlazing

@masterchief6380 Some of them really do look bad but some are pretty cool looking

fon1988
fon1988

@KnightsBlazing: I completely agree with you. I've also been playing since Red and Blue were released and Black/White have a really good story.

KnightsBlazing
KnightsBlazing

Black and White have by far the best story in pokemon. I been playing since R/B/Y I really am enjoying em

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@DLobotomist Yea some people are lame. I'm 26 and would like to play this one. I have not played them since Black/Red/Yellow and collected them ALL, and would actually like to get back into it with this. Some people are haters.

Killer2401
Killer2401

Having played since Yellow, I can honestly say that White/Black are the best pokemon games I have ever played. While I know FR/LG were GBA remakes and such, I think they should make a DS remake of pokemon Yellow, for ultra-nostalgia.

chaldoboy14
chaldoboy14

Not surprised, the game is amazing. Personally, every game after crystal bored me to the point where I never even finished all of the gym leaders, or caught a massive amount of pokemon. Not that they weren't good, but it was getting boring. With Black though, I've been putting a giant amount of time into it and am having a blast. I really enjoy that so far I have seen nothing but NEW pokemon, no more zubats in every cave and etc, very refreshing. Plus I actually feel like the trainer in the game since I have no idea what pokemon exist in this region, so random encounters are also more enjoyable now. Just a lot of good things going for this game in my eyes.

riariases
riariases

I'm about a quarter through the game now. I gotta say that in terms of regional design, its the best in the series. Lots to explore. Cool sights and camera effects, and so on. But in when talking about pokemon design, its the most unoriginal. Still a great game.

elkornu
elkornu

the greatest rpg of all time the formula still the same since pokemon blue and red and theystill kicking butt

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

I'm less impressed because we're counting two games as one. Both nearly identical except a difference in a few pokemon and I guess, now, they have two different end locations now or something once you beat the game? While I like the pokemon games, it's highway robbery.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@SKErwin Don't be a tool. Neither Sales nor scores represent a whole picture, nevermind that it disregards independent thought and opinion of each individual versus "band wagon" behavior. A crappy game can be a crappy game even if 2 million or twenty million people buy into it. Remember pogs? Remember how popular that was? Today, we'd disregard it as cardboard cutouts but wasn't it the "shazbot" back then? Yeah, exactly.

geomyr
geomyr

damn i must have this new pokemon game both of them :)

Rizer
Rizer

I'm not surprised. Not getting the new pokemon game is like not playing a new super mario or zelda. It's old school casual fun for anybody and it has been for years. You can't grow to old for a classic.

SKErwin
SKErwin

7.5 critic score and 2 million games sold in 2 weeks. Sorry Gamespot, nobody believes you anymore.