Pokémon Black & White Have Sold 11.5 Million Copies As Of March 2011

By Ishaan . April 26, 2011 . 10:27am

Pokémon Black/White have sold 11.5 million units so far, Nintendo report, factoring in both Japanese and overseas sales, as of March.


That’s 5.26 million units over a period of six months in Japan (the Japanese version released in October) and 6.25 million units in a single month overseas.


Sales enthusiasts will recall that 2.5 million of those copies were sold in the U.S. Nintendo point out that Black/White are selling faster than previous Pokémon games on the DS. Here’s a quick comparison chart showing U.S. sales trends for Black/White, HeartGold/SoulSilver, and Diamond/Pearl:



And below is a similar chart for European territories:



Finally, other points of interest from Nintendo’s recent earnings summary:


  • Super Mario 64 DS, released in November 2004, sold 1.02 million units between April ‘10 and March ‘11.


  • Mario Party DS, released in 2007, sold 1.13 million units during the same period.


  • Donkey Kong Country Returns is nearly at 5 million copies sold worldwide.

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  • rock1644

    I can’t believe Mario 64 DS is still selling so well. I guess that would explain why it is still full price at retailers.

  • Yousain

    I’m curious to see when will B/W beat the 17 millions sales of D/P. It started out stronger but now the question is how strong will B/W keep selling in the coming months.

  • malek86

    Why did HG/SS sell less than D/P in Europe?

    • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

      Probably because it was a remake and not a whole new game

      • Joanna

        Do Europeans hate remakes? or just pokemon remakes? :|

        I’m more surprised that W/B is doing about the same as D/P in Europe, whereas Japan and North America, it’s selling well above D/P. 

  • Am I the only one who, upon reading the description under the headline, thought that SM64DS sold only “1.02 units this past year”?


  • You have to wonder why people are buying Super Mario 64 DS over say New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo’s charts are always confusing, awful color scheme, so many digits, wonky axis labels (or lack thereof), lengthy title that could be simplified for clarity.

    Surprised at the vitality of the PKMN name, more power unto them. At this rate, might as well just forgo a third version since these will still be selling well for a long time.

    • malek86

      I don’t know if people should prefer NSMB or not, but I did think the control scheme in SM64 was terrible. Play it on VC or even take out the old N64, it’s gonna be a whole lot better.

      • SetzerGabbiani

        The odd thing is, slider control on the 3DS rectifies the control issue.

        • malek86

          Not really. I tried: in the end, it’s the same as the d-pad. You still gotta press a button to run, and there are still eight directions. Heck, it’s even somewhat worse, because you can move the slider all the way up and the character will still take a second to start going at full speed.

  • Guest

    * Super Mario 64 DS, released in November 2004, sold 1.02 million units between April ‘10 and March ‘11.

    * Mario Party DS, released in 2007, sold 1.13 million units during the same period.

    Thats crazy. There must be some evil conspiracy theory going on there for all of a sudden two old ass games get a spike like that. Crazy buying market in Japan.

    • I thought thats worldwide?

      • Joanna

        Well it doesn’t specify, but I think it’s safe to assume worldwide since the article is about the worldwide sales of Pokemon B/W. Also, I really doubt Japan would buy that much 3D Mario this late. I think it’s safe to say most of those numbers are from outside Japan (Americas, Europe, Australia).

    • PrinceHeir

      very surprised as well O_O

  • neo_firenze

    I’m not surprised by strong continued sales of Mario 64 DS, NSMB, Mario Kart DS, etc.

    But Mario PARTY DS? That game is awful, and it’s still selling 1mil+ copies a year four years after release? That one’s a little surprising.

    • MarkMario

      It’s not awful…
      It’s just not that good…
      (Bought it)

  • Judging from the Pokemon uploaded to the Dream World, it’s understandable. Places I’ve seen that people have uploaded Pokemon from (that I didn’t think had access to Nintendo products) include: Latvia, Ethiopia.

  • Zero_Destiny

    Glad to see Pokémon still sells awesome. ^_^

  • Caligula

    Man, still selling more than a million copies in a year 6 years after release? I’ve always really liked SM64, but I would’ve never expected it to sell that well for that long.

    I never did pick a copy up, though. My N64 version still works like a charm.

  • “Super Mario 64 DS, released in November 2004, sold 1.02 million units between April ‘10 and March ‘11.”

    Would it be safe to assume that almost every DS owner would have this game in his or her library?

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