15 th October 2013 – On Saturday, 12 th October, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y became the first set of games in franchise history to launch simultaneously worldwide. Nintendo reported today that the games combined to sell more than 4 million units across Japan, Europe and The Americas on Saturday, 12 th October and Sunday, 13 th October*.
“The early response to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y not only reaffirms the ongoing passion of Pokémon fans, but also indicates that an entirely new generation of gamers are eager to experience the franchise for themselves,” said Nintendo President Satoru Iwata.
Since this was the first global launch in franchise history there isn’t an exact historical precedent for comparison. However, when combining and comparing regional data for previous launches, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y would be the fastest-selling Nintendo 3DS title of all time and is tracking ahead of the last Pokémon RPG title, Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, by more than 70 percent.
With more than 245 million games sold worldwide, Pokémon continues to be one of the strongest brands in the history of videogames. Since 2002, five sets of Pokémon titles have combined to exceed 10 million units sold worldwide, with three sets combining to surpass 15 million units. That list includes:
|Title||Platform||Total Global Sales**|
|Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl||Nintendo DS||17.63 Million|
|Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire||Game Boy Advance||16.22 Million|
|Pokémon Black and Pokémon White||Nintendo DS||15.42 Million|
|Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver||Nintendo DS||12.67 Million|
|Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen||Game Boy Advance||12 Million|
Note to editors:
*Data from Europe primarily covers Saturday, 12 th October as the great majority of retail outlets are closed on Sundays across Europe.
**Pokémon global sales are based on internal sales figures and current as of 31/03/2013.
For further details:
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y website http://www.pokemonxy.com/
Nintendo 3DS Guided Tour http://guidedtour.nintendo.co.uk
Nintendo 3DS (UK) on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Nintendo3DSUK
Nintendo UK on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/NintendoUK
Nintendo of Europe on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendoeurope
Nintendo UK on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendouk
Nintendo UK Online Store, http://store.nintendo.co.uk
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