Pokémon Black/White 2 Sold Over 865,000 Copies In The U.S.

By Ishaan . November 9, 2012 . 8:30am

Pokémon Black/White 2 were released in North America on October 7th, and both games charted in the top-10 sales chart for the month, provided by the NPD Group. Pokémon Black 2 charted at #3 while Pokémon White 2 charted at #5.


Nintendo have shared that Black/White 2 sold over 865,000 copies during the month of October.


For comparison, the original Pokémon Black/White sold over 2 million copies in the U.S. in just under two weeks. Meanwhile, Pokémon Diamond/Pearl, release in 2007, sold 1.75 million in a single week.


Based on the performance of past games, one might be inclined to think that Pokémon Black/White 2 underperformed, but the key difference to keep in mind is that Black/White 2 aren’t new games and don’t introduce a new generation of Pokémon the way each brand new Pokémon RPG does, so a direct comparison to previous mainline titles isn’t quite accurate.


On the other hand, they aren’t a “third-version update” (like Pokémon Crystal, Emerald or Platinum) either, as they do feature a new story, along with a few new areas and characters. To make a comparison here, Pokémon Platinum sold about 805,000 copies (U.S.) in its first month back in 2009, which isn’t significantly less than Black/White 2.


Furthermore, lifetime worldwide sales of Pokémon Platinum were at 7.43 million as of March 2011. In comparison, worldwide sales of Black/White 2 are currently at over 4.26 million worldwide.


Time will tell if Pokémon Black/White 2 manage to surpass Platinum’s global sales or not, but it should be noted that market conditions today are different from 2009, in that the Nintendo DS nearing the end of its life and that the portable market is a lot tougher to compete in.


Food for thought:

Soon after their release, Nintendo reported that Pokémon White had sold slightly more than Pokémon Black in the U.S. However, in the case of the sequels, Black 2 appears to be outselling White 2 so far.


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  • Curan_Altea

    Those are still impressive sales. I’m glad I got a copy, it really is a great game. Sure some of the pokemon are a little lame, but that’s always been the case. Besides, Haxorus makes up for any shortcomings. 

    • MrRobbyM

      Yeah, the pokemon this gen are probably my least favorite, same with the region. But the updates to the battle system, Dream World and being able to find older gen pokemon from the beginning are the only reasons I bought it.

      • Ben Sylvia

         I dunno, favorite Pokemons since 1st gen.

        Of course I always seem to like the weird/everyone else hates them Pokemon.

        • MrRobbyM

          Most of gen 1,2 and some of gen 4 have my favorite pokemon designs. Gen 3 had some okay pokemon imo but none of them were what I would call favorite. Gen 5 is very contrasted if you ask me. There’s not many in the middle ground. They’re either bad or great. With the majority being bad. This is just my opinion of course.

  • Shadowman

    WOOOOO!! Pokemon FTW!!

  • Godman

    White had Zekrom and Black 2 has Black Kyurem

    That would explain why White and Black 2 sold more, Zekrom is awesome!

  • Rogerrmark

    I’ve been playing Pokémon since my Red/Yellow versions on GB and this is easily my favorite gen,and Pokémon game(Black&White 2).Pokémon finally embraces WPA connection.
    Plus,battle with old rivals/Gym battles, Dream world, moving sprites,and a better story as well,imo.Luv it.

  • hes right, you cant compare sales and make any sort of statement about quality or anything else

    its a great title

  • Evan Groman

    Yeah, of course Black 2 would sell more, Zekrom is just infinitely more appealing than Reshiram, regardless of what the game’s title is.

    • Ben Sylvia

       Well I always get both version anyway, but I’m playing through White 2 to keep with previously playing White 1.  Even though I get Reshiram and already have that event Reshiram.

      Of  course after that I’m gonna trade over my OP mons and slaughter Black 2 since my dad can’t play it on account of him being legally blind now.

      Ah…. the smell of Techno Blasted lvl 20 mons in the morning.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Even bat man got a copy 

  • Dexward

    I bought this just to get Genesect and haven’t touched it since defeating Roxie. I’m still burned out from playing White during the summer.

    • i know that feel

    • Ferofax

      I haven’t even recovered yet from burnout. I stopped during HG/SS.

  • darkfox1

    Zekrom all the way

  • raymk

    It’ll get there it always does.

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