Pokémon Diamond and Pearl sales near 1.6m

Pikachu's latest foray on the Nintendo DS racks up massive sales in Japan.

According to NTT Publishing's EG game news site, the new Nintendo DS Pokémon games Diamond and Pearl accrued combined sales of 1.58 million units during their debut week of September 28 through October 1. This beats the franchise's former champions of first-week sales, Pocket Monster Gold/Silver, which combined moved 1.41 million copies back in 1999. The best single title for debut sales on the DS continues to be New Super Mario Bros., which racked up 865,024 units its first week. Diamond sold 813,237 units, while Pearl moved an impressive 762,029 copies.

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83 comments
darklight86
darklight86

Haven't played a Pokemon game since the good old days of Red n' Blue - red was one of my favourite games ever, now having recently bought a DS Lite, I really want to start the addiction again.

KibaandAkamaru
KibaandAkamaru

I know! what the hell? why isn't in America yet? I WANT IT NOW!!! I haven't researched it and found out all the Pokemon like in previous versions. So it will be like a new experience but COME ON ALREADY! I'm gonna die between this and the awesome Super Smash Bros Brawl. I wonder if Brawl will have the new series of Pokemon in it? It should seeing how they would've been out for a long time already by the debut of Brawl. did they say when it will hit the selves in the US?

Eviltwin
Eviltwin

i'm gonna buy it, yikes xD

webby1
webby1

Will most likely get one of the versions they look pretty cool. :D

Coryashire
Coryashire

now, if only they will get off their bum and release it in the english speaking countrys. didnt they ever learn time is money, and they will make more money if they translate faster instead of taking 7-8 months.

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

Holy Bejesus!! That's a BUNCH! Think of how well it'll sell in the USA!

Nintendus
Nintendus

I don't want any more spin-offs, as you see the failure with Pok'emon Dash. it sucked.

vrizzle
vrizzle

im not a huge pokemon fan but i love the games and will get both versions when they come out

Ryboy56
Ryboy56

How do you know that pokefanatic33.

MasterAsh42
MasterAsh42

Wow. . .just wow. . . And I can totally understand why. . .I mean, I was 17 when Red/Blue first hit the US, and quickly became enamored, but by the time Crystal rolled around, I faded out of the franchise. . . Then I played a demo of Sapphire and was hooked all over again. Before I knew it, I was back on track: Sapphire, Ruby, Colliseum, Leaf Green, Emerald. . .then I drifted again, never even bothering with XD. . . Yet, here I am again now. Currently 25, I picked up Mystery Dungeon Blue, played through it slowly; felt some disappointment, but far more wonder at the franchise's application to the Mystery Dungeon series format. Now Diamond and Pearl have hit Japan, with the games' ins and outs leaking all over the net. . .and I'm getting excited for Pokemon yet again! Despite all the franchise's twists, turns, and trappings, it somehow keeps drawing me back. If I believed in the devil, I'd swear Nintendo made one hell of a deal. . .It's just too uncanny.

RottenSandBox
RottenSandBox

remember its japan there obsessed with games especially pokemon

charizard1605
charizard1605 moderator

Always knew Pokemon will sell... not because it's overhyped, but because its probably one of the greatest RPG's ever, even surpassing Zelda sometimes (Crystal/Emerald, anyone?)

h4xx0rz
h4xx0rz

NextGenAdam holy schmit that's more than any PSP game I know has ever sold. And in four days! Wow... --- wait... the PSP has games? O.O *awaits flamers*

pokefanatic33
pokefanatic33

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buuboy
buuboy

I cant wait until it comes to America!

konel01
konel01

hell I'm 27 and I'm currently playing PoKeMon Mystery Dungeon. I wouldn't say that I'm a Poke-Fanatic, but I've been playing the video game since Blue hit the gameboy way back when. I've always enjoyed them. Pokemon is the game that introduced my into the "turn based" gameplay. I wouldn't have picked up an RPG if I hadn't played Pokemon first. I'm actually really excited about this game. Online Trading, Battling and Voice Chat over Wifi. This game is going to have it all. See the trailers from Japan on http://touch-ds.jp/mediagallery/index.html

daqua_99
daqua_99

Massive sales ... wait till the blockbuster sales in the Americas and PALs ...

C0mputerboy
C0mputerboy

its this november right? thats wen they com to america?

777rak
777rak

Just wait till they come to America

meteorgun7
meteorgun7

This game is looking really good, can't wait until it hits the U.S!

kya-kun
kya-kun

I'm glad I imported and actually got a copy..This game is Amazing!!

evry1snice
evry1snice

wildsoul0509 They are coming in mid-november to US

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

no doubt Pokemon is still very hot in Japan

calvinx6
calvinx6

I'm going to be 18 when i get this game.

spikeperro
spikeperro

Wow I need to have one of this games they are incredible good

elie05
elie05

Can't wait till they finally release this game.

GrimBee
GrimBee

wow i thought pokemon was over with ages ago ! LOL! Im glad its performing well though, pokemon games at least provided a good challenge from time to time. Better than your generic puzzlers or racing games i think. Plus, the series never really worked too well in 3d, so its good to see a 2d game selling so well. ! go nintendo! At least there is SOME good news with this. As oposed to the whole sony section, plagued by people who are constantly scrapign the excuse barrel. I just want games! and the ds is perfect for this because its priced great to reach the mass market. If it wasnt for the ds, i think we would be missign out on something really important to this industry.. like.. more pokemon games ;) lol

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

"I would like it if Nintendo would stop making spinoffs,Pokemon Snap comes to mind..GRRR " haha! don't remind me. why, oh why, did i buy snap?!

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

i'm gettin it...i'm 21. i just want to get the evolved form of tangela! is that so wrong?!

sergioalb64
sergioalb64

I'm 19 and I'm getting it too. Maybe I'll be 20 by the time it finally makes it to the US :)

Kcube
Kcube

That cool. Pokemon is a fun game so Im not to surpised that its selling like hotcakes. I would like it if Nintendo would stop making spinoffs,Pokemon Snap comes to mind..GRRR :)

sergioalb64
sergioalb64

I thought each had sold a million? I saw that somewhere; I guess it was just a rumor or false sales numbers. Anyways, these sales are INSANE. And it's nice to know that more players are getting Diamond, since I'm getting Pearl :)

amurphy245
amurphy245

i have the voices of all those peaple who said "nintendo should give up on pokemon" lololol owned

StrikerGold
StrikerGold

Its the WiFi that's selling this. The game is probably on par with the previous versions, with better animations i would suspect. But the ability to battle other players on Nintendo Wireless is the big draw. A big plus for all the closet Pokemon fans. :)

roywood1
roywood1

Wow, thats a lot of games sold.

Cpt_Apollo
Cpt_Apollo

Those are crazy numbers. I expect the same thing to happen here in the US.

Sandro909
Sandro909

Damnit! Why won't it die?! D:

ShweyGamer
ShweyGamer

lackluster non rpg games and the tv show ruined my lust for this franchise.

duque501
duque501

Gamespot should give more credits and value to the DS, this console sells are tremendus, But Gamespot seems to keep with theyr eyes thigly closed, not recognizing the importance of the DS as a console, keeping it in the dark.

Zonelezz
Zonelezz

hehe wow pokemon is alive again

h0rnyt0ad
h0rnyt0ad

it sells good in japan, it wont here. it will be one of DS few good games tho.

SecretWasianMan
SecretWasianMan

I can care less if these games look "kiddie" (such a lame termonology). Pokemon games are great RPGs and are genuinly fun. Go ahead and play your more "adult" games if you want to prove your maturity, I'm gonna have fun with this one :)

NextGenAdam
NextGenAdam

holy schmit that's more than any PSP game I know has ever sold. And in four days! Wow...

evil_cm
evil_cm

"Diamond sold 813,237 units, while Pearl moved an impressive 762,029 copies." i wonder wut will hapen in usa sell.. aniway so they means there is 813,237 Diarugas and 762,029 Parukia. they ar e not so rare afterall.