Pokemon X and Y sales top four million in two days
posted on 10.15.13 at 08:17 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Tracking ahead of Black 2 and White 2 by over 70 percent.

Pokemon X and Pokemon Y sold over four million units worldwide within its first two days of sale, Nintendo has announced.

The games launched for 3DS on October 12.

The data cannot be accurately compared to previous Pokemon launches, considering this is the first worldwide launch, but when combining regional data for previous launches, Pokemon X and Y would be the fastest selling 3DS games of all time and are tracking ahead of Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 by over 70 percent.

“The early response to Pokemon X and Pokemon Y not only reaffirms the ongoing passion of Pokemon fans, but also indicates that an entirely new generation of gamers is eager to experience the franchise for itself,” said Nintendo President Satoru Iwata.

To date, the Pokemon franchise has sold over 245 million games worldwide. Since 2002, five sets of Pokemon games have exceeded 10 million units sold.

  • Pokemon Diamond and Pearl (DS) – 17.63 million
  • Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire (GBA) – 16.22 million
  • Pokemon Black and White (DS) – 15.42 million
  • Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver (DS) – 12.67 million
  • Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen (GBA) – 12 million
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  • McPoo

    Fair play to them, they finally gave the series a much needed update, and personally I reckon it’s the most fun I’ve had with the series since Yellow.

    • HeatPhoenix

      Definitely echo these sentiments, semi skipped Black/White (never finished 1, never bought 2) but these definitely jingle my jangles, you know? Been waiting for games like these since the DS came out.

      • McPoo

        Next step is voicing all the Pokemon and some better attack animation :p

        The sped up opening and exp all has really improved it for me, I just can’t be arsed bumbling around for hours, grinding at the beginning of the games. It’s streamlined the whole thing and made me focus more on catching and trying out new Pokemon instead of spending time levelling the ones I have.

        • HeatPhoenix

          The voiced Pokemon thing is a choice, not effort. The games and the anime are split things, not sure why Pikachu is voiced though, kind of offputting. Only the anime with Ash has “voiced” Pokemon, you know? Even the anime with Red has animal noises.

          And it’s faster now, but the game offers literally no challenge in the story. You’re level 37 by the time you reach the 2nd or 3rd gym, unless you run straight through the extremely short routes.

          • McPoo

            Oh really? I didn’t actually know that I’ve not watched it in years.

            I’ve just got to Ambrette town (think that’s the name, going for the second gym). My Pokemon are around level 22, after 8 hours of play. I like to think I’ve been taking my time, I’ve caught everything I’ve come across, spent a while in the battle chateau. That said, I’ve yet to see any real challenge. Maybe it’ll come in soon?

            • JuhRo

              The 2nd gym is a rock gym in a city… that starts with a C. I was level 30 somethin when I got there.. but I grind a bit… just random spurts of grinding.

              I skip some trainers though, when I get impatient.

              Heading through a Stonehendge type area right now. Found a Ghost-Ground Pokemon that I’m definitely interested in training.. sadly ditched my Lucario in favor of just training the new pokemon (I didn’t play Black/White either so there might be some of those).

              • McPoo

                Just had a look, you’re right. I’m a bit further off the second gym than I thought >_>

                • JuhRo

                  Yeah.. Isn’t it an odd feeling to see a couple cities before finding a gym? I wonder if the Elite Four-type challenge will be with level 70-90 pokemon.. O_o That’ll make the grind to 100, better.. and make for a very much full-feeling game.

                  • McPoo

                    Yeah you go through like 2 or 3 cities between the first and second gym by the looks of it >.>

                    Shakes up the formula a bit though. I don’t think I’ll be at level 30 by the second gym, as it doesn’t look like I’m far off it (although I got some electric fairy Pikachu knock off in a Wondertrade that’s almost 30), I would like a wee bit more of a challenge though.

                    It’s about finding a balance I guess. I don’t want to have to grind, but I don’t want everything to be too easy either.

                    • JuhRo

                      and I think that balance is struck well if you leave EXP Share on. I always have a party of 6… and I don’t feel like I’m overlevelling.. I grind/catch pokemon in a field randomly every now and then.. and move on. It’s quite satisfying.. I feel like I have a decent team of all new pokemon now.. so I’m mostly just catching so that I can find out types and other information.

                      But yeah.. this is a very enjoyable game.. :D

                    • McPoo

                      I’m now definitely almost at the second gym, just going along the beach to it :p

                      Most Pokemon are mid 20’s, with me fighting and catching everything I don’t yet own.

                      What sort of level were we at the point in previous games? Was it around 16ish. I have it in my head that your starter would evolve for the first time around then.

                    • JuhRo

                      Let’s see… Water Gym in Red Version… I was early 20’s, I believe. and bug/grass gym in silver.. I can’t remember.. xD
                      I just know I’m about to hit the third gym and my main is 38… although I’m mostly just using him and exp-sharing to the rest unless I need them. MANNN my Frogadier turned into an awesome ninja thing. :D I love surprises! and not spoiling it for myself.. x)

                      Pretty cool how they did the second trinity of weaknesses(Psychic, Dark, Fighting)

                    • McPoo

                      Is that how the three starters evolve? I knew Fennekin turned Fire/Psychic, didn’t realise the other two went Dark and Fighting.

                      The ninja look is why I picked Froakie :p

                    • JuhRo

                      I picked Froakie cause I liked the frog.. :) xD Had no idea what it was going to be.. but I’m pleasantly surprised… The move it gets when it evolves…. Amazing.

                      Fire/Psychic- Water/Dark – Grass/Fighting(Trip-trip-triple kill from flying types)

                    • lanmanna

                      I picked Chespin because I wanted Squirtle and Torchic. I wanted a balanced team of fire, water, and grass starters. If it wasn’t for Squirtle and Torchic, I would have gone with Froakie. :P

                      Do you think you could trade me a Froakie baby for one of my starters? :D

    • Zancrow

      I agree wholeheartedly.
      The last Pokemon I played was Ruby and I lost interest because they didn’t mix things up. Until now, that is!
      X and Y are awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    Well deserved. I’m having a blast playing X the last two nights. (After work.) This is my first Pokemon since Pearl in 2007. I’m really enjoying the new additions and improvements to the formula.

    • DarkLegacy

      I might be buying X. This will be my second Pokemon game since I started playing Heart Gold 2 years ago. But this game is looking great and I could definitely give the game a try and both X and Y seem to be two great games

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        Yeah. You really cant go wrong with either version. I picked X because my real life friend was getting Y. I figured it would make sense for me to get X, for trading purposes and such. Turns out, with the new online features, I think we both could have bought Y and been just fine.

        In other words – Just pick the version you want to play and enjoy. No need to worry.

        • DarkLegacy

          Pretty much true. all I’ll be needing is just a friend code and someone that has Y.

  • http://www.santashi.com/ Santashi

    Won’t be able to get it for a few weeks but with all the praise people are heaping on it I’m really looking forward to it.

  • papermario

    Nintendo rules the world!!!!!

    • Lelouch Vi Britannia

      used to but haven’t had an easy time since SONY came in and rocked hard with PS1. Just saying.

      • http://www.senran-international.boards.net/ TwinTails

        But Sony’s had a less than stellar time regarding handhelds, and the Wii won back the crown for Nintendo last gen.

        • FitzpatrickPhillips

          the only thing that the wii rocked were the casual’s wallets.

          • Claude

            I would say that the Wii definitely rocked a few rectums considering the butthurt vitriol aimed at it all generation – at least until Kinect came along.

        • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

          Hello, “TwinTails”.

    • AdamBoy64

      Yes, they won last gen pretty comfortably.
      I don’t think they’ll do as well this coming gen.

  • PrinceHeir

    “The early response to Pokemon X and Pokemon Y not only reaffirms the ongoing passion of Pokemon fans, but also indicates that an entirely new generation of gamers is eager to experience the franchise for itself,” said Nintendo President Satoru Iwata.”

    agree, this is my first Pokemon since Crystal since i didn’t have a DS back then, and i was too busy playing Castlevania games on my GBA.

    only got 3DS last Q4 2012, definitely one of my best purchases ever!!

    so it’s a no brainer for me to get the new Pokemon game.

    tons of new features, improvements, customization, more pokemons,

    add to that i haven’t played one in years so this is a good place to start.

    definitely the improvement the series needs ^^

  • kurosan9712

    I’m totally getting X(and my friend is getting Y). Well, it’s already shipped(I only have a jpn 3DS, so I have to wait to get mah gaems, but I don’t mind).
    Getting it in like 4-5 days.

  • Willgaea

    My girlfriend showed me the super training and I knew that I needed the game. So I got it the next day and have been super training ever since. This super training has taken a lot of time, and because of that my team average is 20 while my girlfriend’s team average is 55. She did have the game 1 day ahead of me, but I have spent most of my time super training my whole team. it takes me about 2 hours to max out a single pokemon, and I’m loving every minute of it.

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Yeah, super training is pretty awesome. I like the new features where you can play with and feed your pokemon as well. I messed around with some of the online features, I think I accidentally traded with you one night. xD

  • Wolf Star

    I’m really enjoying Pokemon Y the most and I haven’t played a pokemon game since Diamond and Pearl came out in 2007. Everything is brand new and something amazing ^^

    • DarkLegacy

      I might be buying Pokemon X. I haven’t played a Pokemon game since 2 years ago which was Heart Gold on DS. This will be my second game and it’s going to be awesome if I buy X

      • Wolf Star

        The new
        Pokemon game is amazing ^^

        • DarkLegacy

          I like Pokemon and it does seem to be amazing. If I get the game then I’ll be needing a friend code and someone that has Y

          • Wolf Star

            Yeah it is and if you want to add me I’ll give you my friend code. And tell me what’s yours?

            • DarkLegacy

              I don’t have one just yet but I’ll be planning on getting one when I get the game. And that’s if I do get it

              • Wolf Star

                Nice, whenever you get the game and 3DS, tell me :)

                • DarkLegacy

                  Of course :)

  • DarkLegacy

    I might be buying Pokemon X. I haven’t played a single Pokemon game since I was playing Pokemon Heart Gold on DS 2 years ago. I am interested in to playing Pokemon X and I use to enjoy watching it. This game is looking amazing and awesome ^_^