Whilst here on Nintendic we do not normally focus on sales figures, the latest Pokémon release from Nintendo and The Pokémon Company on the DS, Pokémon Platinum, has hit extraordinary levels over in Japan after just two days on sale, a feat that cannot be overlooked.
Reports coming out of Japan are stating that the new RPG for Nintendo DS, that follows in the footsteps of its predecessors Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, was only released on Saturday 13th September, as opposed to the regular new releases day of Thursday, all because of the rampaging hordes of children that would be likely to skip school if the game hit on a weekday, has hit massive sales already.
Pokémon Platinum has already caused a storm over in Japan
According to Enterbrain, the parent company of Famitsu magazine, the game sold 967,675 copies in just two days on sale, making it a better performer in the same time span than this year’s big hitters Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G on PlayStation Portable, Super Smash Bros. Brawl on Wii or even Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride on Nintendo DS! Plus it has now surpassed New Super Mario Bros. as being the fastest selling single DS game in a sales week, despite merely having two days in its sales week, compared to the full week Mario DS had to reach its 900,000 mark. As far as Nintendo DS games go in general, it is only second to the combined first week sales of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
Dengeki has also confirmed that as of the game’s third day on sale, the title cracked the million mark, bringing the Nintendo DS list of million sellers in Japan to a whopping twenty-six. Early hardware numbers released show that the Nintendo DS sold the most units this week, with 63,000 pieces of hardware sold.
No doubt Pokémon fever will be making its way over to the West very soon!
However, the big news has to be how the Xbox 360 appears to have out-sold the Wii for the first time, thanks to the price cut and release of Square Enix’s new RPG Infinite Undiscovery. According to reported Famitsu numbers, the Xbox 360 sold 28,681 hardware units for the week 8th September-to-14th September (compared to Wii’s 27,057 and the PlayStation 3’s awful 8,050), bringing its life-to-date sales to a still rather paltry 717,275, whilst Square Enix’s game sold through 86,708 copies to help things along.
No doubt both Pokémon fever and the effects of the Xbox 360 price cut will sweep the rest of the world in due course…