Pokemon Black/White sell 5 million, set record

Nintendo's latest monster-catching RPG becomes fastest to reach quintuple-platinum milestone on DS in Japan.

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It didn't take long for Nintendo's Pokemon Black and White Versions to set records upon their launch in Japan last September. Within the DS games' first week on Japan store shelves, industry-leading stat trackers Enterbrain and Media Create pegged the game's sales at 2.6 million--the best opening of any Pokemon title to date. Now, the monster-catching role-playing game has added a new record to its name, one that encompasses more than just the Pokemon franchise.

The Pokemon franchise continues to sell gangbusters in Japan.

According to Enterbrain (relayed by Andria Sang), Pokemon Black and White have sold more than 5 million units, the fastest games to have done so on the DS. The feat was achieved as of January 9. Though Black and White are technically two different SKUs, Nintendo traditionally releases near-identical editions of the same Pokemon game under slightly different monikers, encouraging players to exchange captured monsters between versions.

Pokemon Black and White introduce a handful of changes to the established gotta-catch-'em-all formula. Developer Game Freak has expanded the game's online functionality through features, such as Global Link, where players can access special content by uploading their save files to a website. Black and White also introduce more than 150 new Pokemon that players can add to their Pokedexes, as well as changing seasons.

The two latest editions of Pokemon are expected to arrive in the US on March 6. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

50 comments
mariomaster16
mariomaster16

@snake289: Rehashes? have you ever played the games? each new generation of games has a very unique storyline and continent to explore with tons of side-quests and mini-games all unique to the game they're in. While each game retains the "gotta catch 'em all" thing plus the objective of becoming league champ, each game has been very different from it's predecessor despite using a similar formula. Black and White are not "rehashes," they are revolutionizing the series in an unprecedented way.

gho5ty
gho5ty

seems like it was just yesterday man when i was 12 i had the toys cards went too a pokemon thing in a mall got a mu on my GBA waching the tv shows oh man nothing beats the old days blue and red.might get black and white give it a go.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@big-boss-91 they are the same as every other pokemon game (red/blue gold/silver etc) each game get its own unique big pokemon and then for example say theres 400 normal pokemon in total one game will be missing 50 and the other will have those 50 but be missing a different 50 that are in the other the idea is to encourage trading between the 2 if you really "gotta catch em all" it used to be annoying back in the old days before wifi if you had no friends with the other game but now you can trade them online so its not really a ripoff

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Pokemon Ultraviolet and Infrared will be here shortly. I think I'll get the white one though.I have the original red(wish it were green),my brother has the Pikachu one,and my sister the blue,so I saw no need to get new ones,but the freshened graphics and other tweaks will be fun to try.

lukeprism
lukeprism

I'm going to wait this one out, and buy Pokémon Grey when it comes out. And you all know it'll be called Pokémon Grey, too. Don't deny it.

Tylendal
Tylendal

Pokemon Black and White are the reason I wish the 3DS was delayed. It'd be nice if they could work to improve the battery life, or lower the cost, while distracting us with Pokemon. Not good when Pokemon and 3DS are coming out in the same month.

big-boss-91
big-boss-91

i'm a bit confused, black and white are the same game but with a different big pokemon? if i am correct in saying this then what a rip off!

monson21502
monson21502

im gonna wait for the clear and dark versions.

Linkari
Linkari

Getting them both for my birthday.

MrcMike
MrcMike

No matter what happens to the series, Pokemon will always sell. It's not just a game, its a phase that every child will go through in their life. My 5 year old cousin recently got to Pokemon. He already has a ton of Pokemon cards O_o

vega13mv
vega13mv

and here i thought i caught them all.... oh well, better start stacking up on Ultra Balls...

oneligas
oneligas

i bet the next pokemon games will be plaid and polka dot

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

pretty soon there will be over 9000!...pokemon

spooky102
spooky102

I really want to get this game.

TBoneTony
TBoneTony

I for one have got only just the Pokemon Red, Crystal and the two Stadium games on the N64 and also the Gamecube's collaseum. Besides from all the new pokemon and the trainer contests and little minigams of these days, I am still living my childhood on the older ones. To all kids of today, get your pokemon games while your young and relive those memories when you get older. That is my motto.

TBoneTony
TBoneTony

Even though I was one of the older gamers who loved the original Red and Blue version, I do feel happy for the younger gamers who are able to go catching pokemon in their pokeballs. I have nothing against the success of Pokemon, I am just one of those older poke gamers who always think back to the days when 151 pokemon was allot compared to these days where the number is almost over 900.

caityful
caityful

"Two different SKU's" - Nooooo! I need to sell a kidney for both games now.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

I still wish they'd make a 3rd person Pokemon in the style of final fantasy. Dear god. I'd sell everything I own for that..

toolz92
toolz92

How can you say no to pokemon? It may not be as great selling as the cods, but really i stopped playing black ops. like to week ago. pokemon on the other hand will never get boring.

Arykuarius
Arykuarius

ah...pokemon...the memories...yellow version my favorite game back then.

Al3xki
Al3xki

Only time i wish i had a DS

BasilVZero
BasilVZero

Pokemon will always have great success, wait till it comes out in NA, you're gonna hear similar news to this xD. I'll be one of the many fans who will be getting this game *-*, both of them actually~

Alex_Thomson
Alex_Thomson

Good to hear Pokemon is doing so well in Japan, hopefully Black and White will have similar success when released in North America. I know I'm certainly looking forward to these games a lot.

Sharhan96
Sharhan96

i wonder if there will ever be an RPG pokemon game for the wii like the GameCube had,

xinoeph
xinoeph

The third one is going to be called carbon. I know it

soulless4now
soulless4now

Pokemon games are great, but I just don't understand why the show is still on after all these years...

exedeath
exedeath

If you had no idea that Yellow was the same game as red and blue, then you are a total moron. I could not see how anyone could not know anything about a game before they bought it. The Pokemon games are wonderful.

starfox15
starfox15

@monson21502 If you think in the time since the original they haven't done anything with the franchise, you are sadly mistaken.

Tauu
Tauu

Pokemon = pure joy. Playing these games is like being a kid again.

monson21502
monson21502

japanese love their pokemon!!! i myself was sick of it when yellow came out and was the same as the red and blue. only gonna doop me once :P

jay_rock_
jay_rock_

Lol there running out of colors...

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

lol only on the ds and wi will games ever exceed 20 -30 million life time sales i find that as a fact so it is no suprise that pokemon is selling so good

No_Hablo_Ingles
No_Hablo_Ingles

With almost 600 pokemon now, it's going to be harder then ever to capture all of them... but "You Gotta Catch them All" right? :D

sebetai
sebetai

I knew it would get this much. I'm wondering if they reach six million before international release. if they sell more than 25 million that would make them the best selling DD games.

randomrings
randomrings

how will japan feel when they release Pokemon Gray?... kidding

oUNKNOWNo
oUNKNOWNo

Gotta catch'em all! Gotta catch'em all! POKEMON!

zmanrwks
zmanrwks

This proves Pokemon is an ever-growing franchise.

game-ster23
game-ster23

I'm really looking forward to this installment to the Pokemon series.

homegirl2180
homegirl2180

That's not very surprising. I do hope that success is mirrored in other regions.

Bubble17
Bubble17

I can't wait to get my hands on these games. Pokemon is a winning formula for Nintendo.

sman3579
sman3579

I wonder how fast it will fly off the shelves in other countries.

shafe-man
shafe-man

Wow! And to think that's in Japan only! I mean, when's the last time a game sold that much in one region only? Even here in the US, games don't sell that fast. That's like 4% of their entire population!

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

that's kick ass! I love Japan!