Which Version Of Pokémon Black & White 2 Is More Popular In Japan?

By Ishaan . June 29, 2012 . 11:01am

Pokémon Black/White 2 sold 1.56 million copies in their opening weekend in Japan. Sales tracker, Media Create, says that this is 80.17% of the games’ initial shipment.


In comparison, the original Pokémon Black/White sold 2.55 million copies during their opening weekend in 2010, and that was 87.65% of their shipment.


Why the lower sell-through for Black/White 2? Media Create theorize that, because there was no pre-order bonus for the games, people had no reason to buy them right away.


Pre-orders were slightly lower than the original Black/White as well. Black/White 2 had 1.29 million pre-orders prior to release, whereas the original Black/White had 1.88 million pre-orders.


As far as colour-preferences go, Black 2 outsold White 2. In their opening weekend, Black 2 sold 817,000 copies while White 2 sold 745,000 copies. In the case of the original Black/White, too, Black was the more popular version with 1.32 million in opening sales, while White sold 1.23 million.

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  • Barrylocke89

    I don’t play Pokemon much these days, but when I do get into it, I like to go for the less popular version. That way, MY exclusives are a hotter commodity.

  • XypherCode

    4 months to go!! :D

  • Racist Japanese folk!

    • Once you go black…

      • Revorse

        You can’t turn back! We don’t allow it!

    • Kitestwinblades

      I used to tease Gamestop employees with that. Only it was more like “What version are you going to buy?” (“idk… I guess Pokemon Black/White”)
      and say “that’s F***in’ racist…” xD
      All in good fun,though. Especially when they keep telling to pre-order stuff r.r;
      I cant wait for this to arrive early fall.

    • MrRobbyM

      I got black because it came with fried chicken.

      • Awful.

        • MrRobbyM

          I agree. That was an awfully funny joke.

          • Anesia Hunter

             nah. it was just really corny. D:

          • MrRobbyM

            I don’t like corn with my chicken.

      • Asura


    • Renaldi Saputra

       i see what u did there

  • Herok♞

    White 2 is the one I am getting so that means there will be plenty of black pokemon to trade for.

  • Since I had the original Black, I feel compelled to continue the streak and get Black 2. It just won’t look right on my shelf otherwise.

  • Anesia Hunter

    i had a big feeling black 2 would out sell white 2. besides didn’t black out sell white before?

    • domonkun

       Yes, that was stated in the article. >.> Black outsold White by about 90,000 copies in opening sales.

      Anyway, I got Black, so I’m probably getting Black 2 as well. After all, Black’s the name of the current main character in the Pokemon Special manga!

  • yalissa

    I guess I’ll be getting Black 2 as well since I already have the first Black. Strangely enough, when the first B/W came out in America, everyone I knew was getting White. I was sitting there all alone like, “I GOT POKEMON BLACK, LOSEERRSS!”
    I’m curious as to how it’ll do in America.

  • AuraGuyChris

    Let me guess. Black 2 is longer than White 2.

    I rolled my eyes when I wrote that, just to let you know.

  • Yu_TheKing

    Because Reshiram owns Zekrom… duh

    • s07195

      Actually, in B/W 2 the legendaries are switched around, i.e. Zekrom owns Reshiram, duh.

  • Natat

    Well Black 2 DOES come with unlockable Challenge Mode…

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Zekrom is sexy thats why lol

  • Renaldi Saputra

    but I like Reshiram more than Zekrom unfortunately..

  • Josh Strange

    Pre-order bonuses for the most part gets those numbers up, but honestly i’ll take a soundtrack than an art book because i know i’ll listen to music more than view pages of a art book.

  • Fer Carlo Cartagena

    I want a Yellow/Crystal/Emerald/Platinum-esque game like Pokemon Gray?? :D I only play the enhanced ports.

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