Nintendo have now released early sales numbers for Pokémon Black & White and previous records have now been shattered. Both titles raked in the most sales of any Pokémon title to date with 1.08 Million copies sold in first day alone, beating out Diamond & Pearl’s record of 780,000. These numbers come as not too much of a surprise for fans of the series, but they do show how wide the appeal of the franchise has become over the years.
Nintendo released this statement on the feat earlier today:
“Longtime Pokémon fans are attracted to the new Pokémon, new battle systems and a new region to explore, while newcomers enjoy the ability to jump in and have fun right away,” said Charlie Scibetta, Nintendo of America’s senior director of Corporate Communications. “These sales numbers illustrate the continued strength of the Nintendo DS family of systems. Already established as the nation’s best-selling video game platform of all time, the installed base of more than 47 million makes it the ideal hand-held for developers to reach a huge gaming-focused target audience.”
If you are still on the fence about getting either title yourself, we recently reviewed Pokémon Black & White and had some GREAT things to say about both, as they are without a doubt two of the best titles the esteemed RPG line has seen to date. I guess the question now though is now that these two mega titles are out, just what do Nintendo have brewing for the series next? I personally would like to see something new for the franchise in terms of the inevitable spin-off and now that this title paid off, maybe something fresh can be worth the risk of creating. Only time will tell on that, but for now fans can bask in the news that Pokémon still has the power to be a heavy contender in the gaming world.