Nintendo's newest Pokemon titles set franchise sales record

2:33 PM, Oct 15, 2013   |    comments
'Pokémon X' and 'Pokémon Y' for the Nintendo 3DS.
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When the games launched on October 12, Nintendo 3DS games Pokémon X and Pokémon Y became the first set of games in franchise history to come out at the same time worldwide.  According to a follow-up report out of Nintendo Tuesday, the games combined to sell more than 4 million units across Japan, Europe, and The Americas in their first two days on the market.

"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 is eager to experience the franchise for itself," said Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. 

Since its inception in 1996 with the Red and Blue versions of Pokémon for the original Game Boy, the franchise as sold more than 245 million units worldwide.  Nintendo states that, since 2002, five sets of Pokémon titles have combined to exceed 10 million units sold to date worldwide, with three sets combining to surpass 15 million units.  This includes Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl (17.63 million), Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire (16.22 million), Pokémon Black and Pokémon White (15.42 million), Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver (12.67 million), and Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen (12 million).

The Pokémon video games are rated "E for Everyone" by the ESRB.


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