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Pokemon X and Y top 4 million in first two days

Pokemon X and Y top 4 million in first two days

Tue 15 Oct 2013 1:44pm GMT / 9:44am EDT / 6:44am PDT
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Nintendo series' first simultaneous worldwide launch becomes fastest-selling 3DS title to date

Some 17 years after the series debuted, Pokemon is still going strong. Nintendo today announced that the weekend launch of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y in Japan, Europe, and the Americas--the first simultaneous worldwide launch for the series--saw the 3DS games rack up sales of more than 4 million units. If one were to consider the two games as one title, it would be the fastest-selling 3DS game to date.

"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 are eager to experience the franchise for themselves," Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said in a statement.

Nintendo said X and Y are tracking ahead of last year's Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 by more than 70 percent. Despite the strong start, X and Y have a long way to go before they match the sales figures of their predecessors on the Nintendo DS. The 2007 release Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, the best-selling DS installment, posted total worldwide sales of 17.63 million. To date, the Pokemon franchise has sold a total of 245 million games.

6 Comments

Steven Hodgson
Programmer

84 122 1.5
I'm quite a fan of the games, but overall I was quite disappointed by X and Y.

The game seemed oddly paced the first two gyms taking a lot more time than the others to reach. Caves are so simple to navigate I may as well be playing Final Fantasy 13. The first water I saw in the game was great, but the rest was fairly generic and sparse across the land.

Even post game there is very little to explore, which I'm hoping is because of events that unlock, rather than just lack of content. Even if this was true, if previous version of the game are anything to go by as someone living in europe, we will get very few events compared to the rest of the world.

Hopefully, it'll work out okay with the next game release, but I have a feeling if there is a Pokemon Z, it will be announced after the Pokemon Bank's free trial subscription expires.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Steven Hodgson on 15th October 2013 4:29pm

Posted:A year ago

#1

Patrick Frost
QA Project Monitor

400 196 0.5
Quite surprised to hear you say that Steve, I've had a great time with it so far and found the number of interesting pokemon that you got exposed to early on a lot better than usual.

From what I have heard from others, many just feel that it's bringing Pokemon up to speed and it really feels like a current gen game rather than the previous entries which have always seemed a little behind the times for the hardware that they were on. The ease with which you can trade and battle online, particularly with strangers, is being well received.

Frankly I've found the vibrance and animation that they've put back into the game just makes you love the little (yes or big Snorlax...) guys a lot more than recent games. Plus I wasn't left to get bored at the beginning!

Posted:A year ago

#2

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

1,020 1,467 1.4
I find it great as well. He's right that there is an odd lag between Gyms 1 and 2 though. Still, the game overall is a lot of fun, and yeah, it doesn't have as much content overall as B&W did, but that's kind of expected for a new generation leap. It happens with console games too.

The social features make up for the lack of other content, for me.

Posted:A year ago

#3

Andrew Watson
Programmer

98 244 2.5
At least the 3DS lets them make patches for bugs people find instead of Japan being the beta testers again. People have already found a major bug caused by saving in Lumiose city that effecitvely bricks people's games (look it up!)

The 3D battles look great (though the FPS drops are not) and the large number of different pokemon available is a welcome change over B&W's problem of only 3 or so pokemon in the first couple of routes.
The game feels pretty unfinished to me. Even B&W with sprites felt more "alive" than X&Y's overworld, where hardly anything is animated. (Humans don't even have idle animations -- they just freeze there, perfectly still!) Like others have said, there's almost nothing to do post game, which you'll hit before you know it as the games keep getting annoyingly easier (there isn't even a "challenge mode" like there was in B&W, and gym leaders and the elite four are back to only having 4 pokemon maximum). Fairy types are a disappointment as well, with Sylveon basically being the only new one worth bothering with.

Game freak has a habit of introducing new features that a lot of people like and then removing them in the next game, and I really hope pokemon amie isn't going to be one of them. GOSH IT'S SO CUTE

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Andrew Watson on 16th October 2013 9:29am

Posted:A year ago

#4

Jason Pullara
Podcaster

28 70 2.5
Meanwhile, in mobile space, Nintendo is dead ;(

Posted:A year ago

#5

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

2,270 2,439 1.1
Meanwhile, in mobile space, Nintendo is dead ;(
Not just that but space alien investors would never invest in Nintendo, only mobile....according to a certain mobile apologist in another recent story.

Posted:A year ago

#6

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