Pokemon Platinum sells 5.7M, sequels due spring 2010

Nintendo's latest monster-catching RPG goes quintuple platinum, Pokemon HeartGold, SoulSilver headed to DS and DSi next year.

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Even a staggering global economy can't keep Pokemon down. Singled out as one of the few bright spots in Nintendo's flagging first-quarter financial report late last month, Pokemon Platinum has proven to be a top seller since launching on the DS in March. The handheld title was second only to Wii Fit in non-PC US retail game sales through the first half of the year, according to The NPD Group, adding an additional 116,000 units to its tally in July.

It's not recommended to sneak up on this guy from behind.

With Nintendo pegging Pokemon Platinum's global sales at 5.66 million, the publisher announced today it would be following on from that success with two new Pokemon titles for the DS and DSi. Pokemon HeartGold and Pokemon SoulSilver will be available in the US and Europe in spring 2010. Traditionally, Nintendo releases near-identical editions of the same Pokemon game under slightly different names, encouraging players to exchange captured monsters between versions.

HeartGold and SoulSilver are a throwback to Pokemon Gold and Silver, which were released stateside for the Game Boy Color in 2000, as they take place in the same geographic region known as Johto. Nintendo offered few specific details on the game, saying only that the two versions would feature new graphics, sounds, and touch-screen controls. The publisher also noted that dozens of previously released Pokemon would make their return in the games.

Check out GameSpot's full review of Pokemon Platinum for an idea of what to expect from HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Discussion

214 comments
shoelaces-4-all
shoelaces-4-all

either way.. now im hyped up, cant wait. i wish it would come out next week.. with MW2... have some nice contrast ahaha

shoelaces-4-all
shoelaces-4-all

or is it jhoto and kanto? either way its the one with two regions right? somebody tell me, im too lazy to look it up.

shoelaces-4-all
shoelaces-4-all

so was that gold and silver that had jhoto and hoenn regions? ive been hoping for a new one and this is okay, itll get me by because I can get those old pokemon that havent shown up on DS buuut i really want a whole new game... so if they could get on that while I finish diamond and play this then thatd be cool... yeahhh..

starduke
starduke

Next they should make a game, like Platnium, called Mindsomething, like MindCrystal.

personeyperson
personeyperson

It's not the same thing, it's Jhoto, didn't you read the words? I haven't played this kind since 2003! And talk about bad graphics!

Vampiro_HuntT3R
Vampiro_HuntT3R

Come on. What is wrong with you people? Are you F**king out of your minds? I mean.. They are selling us the same thing again and again and we are buying them again and again? why the hell? As long as !d!ots like you are here, they are not gonna change the game play at all. How about you don't buy the next Pokemon game and demand better and improved and different game play and storyline. They should consider making a game on the First season of the Animation. Like you get to play as Ash and your first pokemon is none other than Pikachu! and then you get to catch Balbasaur and Squatel(spell? I dont know) and Charmander(spell?) and such. Come on. Wake up and stop buying these stop tune ups and patches as new games. PLEASE!

2chimcha3
2chimcha3

pokemon is the definition of success in the gaming world.

ANIMEguy10034
ANIMEguy10034

You gotta love it how pokemon takes you back to your childhood again. Platinum global sales at 5.66Million and the huge line for the autographed copies just a day before its official release (Nintendo World Store, NYC). Just imagine what people are going to do for these games. I know I'm going to camp out in front of a game store for these games. ;)

hilian_pika5
hilian_pika5

Just wondering, does anyone known the exact details to catching the 3 legendary dogs in gold and silver? I mainly played crystal back then.

adress--unknown
adress--unknown

I've read some comments on here such as "Im getting soul silver coz i want Lugia" But to clear things up with use guys is that if it is an exact remake of the original games then players will be able to catch BOTH Lugia and Ho-oh in either game. In silver players could catch Lugia around level 40-50, and Ho-oh at around level 70. In gold it was just the opposite way around. (Ho-oh 40-50, Lugia about 70) Sorry i cant remember exact levels as it had been many many years since i played silver.

Drkill123
Drkill123

Eh, I'm sure they'll be great. I thought Crystal was the best in the series until Platinum came along. ;]

Cerberuz_27
Cerberuz_27

Jhoto and Kanto were the best and are the best can't wait to get this game and to also see the new Ho-oh and Lugia Movie

Crabs4sale
Crabs4sale

SoulSilver will be incredible; the originals were god tier. Perhaps my favorite game of all time.

chickenny127
chickenny127

i thought silver and gold were the 2 best versoins they ever made. i was expecting them to do this earlier

AniMazter
AniMazter

Console version would be great , I loved the gamecube console versions even if most guys didn't.

ilidiandemon
ilidiandemon

Remakes of the two best pokémon ever!!!!!!!!!!!! OMFG, I need this now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dracosummoner
dracosummoner

I am absolutely pumped for what I hope is another FireRed/LeafGreen-calibre (i.e. masterful) remake of my favorite games in the series. Also, -> itsTolkien_time, regarding your inability to see "strategic depth" in these games: I could go through and talk about Individual Values and Effort Values, Pokémon natures, passive abilities, attack combinations, and the implications of various held items in the context of certain Pokémon, movesets, and (yes) battle strategies, but I'm wondering if you either already know about all of this or if you simply don't care. (No, the Pokémon game *in itself* does not require you to understand all of these factors in order to progress through and even beat the main storyline, but I'm not talking about the main storyline.) Just out of curiosity, have you ever tried participating in a Battle Tower or competing in online matches?

HiroArka
HiroArka

I want a full Console Pokemon adventure ( not like Pokemon GX though ). Wouldn't mind using the Wiimote to chuck Pokeballs. And also they should put EVERY Pokemon they have come out with on said Console Pokemon game.

Zain-Midori
Zain-Midori

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG NOW JUST YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 G/S was the best pokemon games ever made!!!!!!!!!!

starmanspr
starmanspr

@supermike6 absolutely. it was way bigger than red and blue, doubled the pokemon, doubled the badges and the maps, it was just so much more of an experience. i can't imagine why they haven't done this again.

supermike6
supermike6

Gold and Silver were the best Pokemon games. I'm glad they're remaking them.

itsTolkien_time
itsTolkien_time

In aggreance with TevoxZi, the first season of pokemon on TV, wayyy back, was good, then, well... Maybe I just outgrew it when I turned 11. Gold and Silver both seem just as good as any pokemon game, although I've never played them.

itsTolkien_time
itsTolkien_time

holy...Pokemon is trashed alot here. I suppose they are good, and I enjoyed the one I played 2 years ago (a GBA one), but I didn't even consider any others because, frankly, they all did sound the same. I didn't even buy both in the set to obtain 100% completion. If I ever want Pokemon, I go back and play my one game over again. I had a hard time seeing stragetic depth in these games, I breezed through most of it, and all the stats are clearly explained to you (this beats this, etc.), it was about as easy as remembering rock-paper-scissors. I'm 15. You call Heartgold nd Soulsilver one game, thetravman, if this is true than it is ONE DS game you pay over $60 for...no way, jose. Also @ you, every Pokemon game is a remake, they have the same gameplay, monsters, basic storylines, and visuals. I'm not saying Pokemon is bad, it is fun, just that I would never buy more than 2 of them.

thetravman
thetravman

@Charization I agree. The fact that Pokemon is kiddy is very exaggerated. Considering how deep this game is with stragetic elements, I have a hard time picturing all kids understanding everything. I'm 19 and I'm still hooked to the series.

thetravman
thetravman

@joke_man Pokemon isn't being milked if that's what you're implying. These kinds of games are actually only made twice a generation. Diamond, Pearl and Platinum is the same game with slight variations, and heartgold and soulsilver is just another single game. And no they are not excessive with remakes. They made 2 remakes in a 6 year span. That's likely all until the next DS or gameplay. Other games such as ranger, dungeons, etc is not the same formula so that shouldn't count.

cyw1988
cyw1988

Soul Silver and Heart Gold to Gold and Silver much like Fire red and Leaf Green to the 3 original versions... I've never found one new series of pokemon game that does worse than the previous one so this is something that I look forward to. Off topic: Glad to see Cyndaquil again... My favourite pokemon lol :P

Tauu
Tauu

It's the perfect portable game, well almost... a more robust online service would complete the package. Still though, it's a great game. If you don't play Pokemon because you think it's too kiddy you're missing out on some great games plain and simple.

AirPortugall
AirPortugall

Pokemon is to Nintendo as iPods are to Apple - with them their company will never die.

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

Pokemon has and will always be apart of my childhood growing up.

jasongm
jasongm

The collecting & getting "rare" pokemons is the thing that got me into the games since 2007. Never knew there was a cartoon, or trading cards before it. I thought this was a preteens type of game, but its just as great & somewhat complicated for us older adults to. (I'm still learning about IV's & EV's)

Andraus
Andraus

Gold Version, My First and Favorite Version Ever... All Versions are Great. Cant Wait For The Upgrade. (Also Would Like For Them To Try And Make a game like these for the Wii.) Long Live Pokemon!

geomyr
geomyr

i simply love pokemon the cards ,cartoons, video games i really love pokemon gonna catch em all heeheehh

mAD_ADaption
mAD_ADaption

@beardmoen Considering all the recent bad movies based on toys, a Pokemon live action movie would probably suck something hard. Realistic looking Pokemon would look to weird, and cartoon ones in a live action movie wouldn't fit in. I'm very excited about the remakes of two of my favorite games, and I will probably buy SS the day it comes out in the US!

beardmoen
beardmoen

I'm surprised there has not been a live action Pokemon movie.

InsultToInjury_
InsultToInjury_

Pokemon appeals to all and because of this no matter what they churn out it will always sell well. I am a huge fan of the Pokemon series and look forward to Heart Gold and Soul Silver next year.

Kanguilla
Kanguilla

Nintendo will never die out as long as they keep making Pokemon games.

zacmando
zacmando

Hey Jokeman, all I'm saying that it's convenient okay? Just lighten up and try to enjoy the many simple improvements that from a whole new game.

ethanpaige
ethanpaige

The Pokemon franchise is obviously geared towards the younger crowd, especially in the aspect of the show. The games are still great games though, and there's really no denying that. It was a perfect concept that's lasted so many years and I'm sure will last many more.

lukas1051
lukas1051

Pokemon games are perfect, regardless of age, genre, taste, you cannot hate Pokemon games. I'm really looking forward to the remake of gold and silver, I hope they are as good as leafgreen and firered.

Charization
Charization

Pokemon is a great franchise for everyone. One of my personal favorites and I'm 16. People who don't play Pokemon because they think it's kiddy need to get a life. I'm getting SoulSilver, and my starter's gonna be Cyndaquil. (:

Mister__Awesome
Mister__Awesome

Pokemon games will always sell in my opinion. They are passing the tests of time. No matter the age group i believe the ages of 16+ ( Me being 18 ) have this game and is a ashamed to admit this guilty pleasure =]. Peace and Love.

sagameister3
sagameister3

I remember buying the imported Gold version when it was first released in Japan ( for $65 which was unheard of for a gb game) but was worth it. Maybe this new updated version will be just as good.

okassar
okassar

I spent sooo many hours on Yellow,Silver,and the card game.Diamond was pretty good,it stands on its own,not to the level of the previous games though. I like silver so I'll probably end up getting Soulsilver,hope it's good.