People Are Still Buying Pokémon Black/White And HeartGold/SoulSilver

By Ishaan . August 8, 2014 . 4:00pm

Games published by Nintendo have a tendency to continue selling well after release, and one of the best examples of this is the Pokémon series. Long after their original release, Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver and Pokémon Black/White are still moving units.


Below is a quick breakdown of the increase in sales figures for both sets of games between March 2013 and March 2014. It shows how much the two games sold in that span of time.


Released Title March 2013 March 2014 Increase
2010 Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver 12.67 million 12.72 million   +50,000
2011 Pokémon Black/White 15.42 million 15.58 million +160,000


Both games were released in 2010 and 2011 across different regions, so to see them selling four years later, even after they’ve moved upward of 12 million copies, is rather impressive. If you’re curious to see how they sold between 2012 and 2013, you can see that here.


The game that didn’t see an increase in sales is Pokémon Diamond/Pearl, which was released way back 2007. That title had sold 17.63 million units as of March 2013, and is still sitting at that number.

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  • JMaster3000

    Cause its better than XY?
    Bam, shots fired.

    • Grape Monet

      It’s not an either/or situation. Black and White, HeartGold and SoulSilver, and X and Y are all very good games.

    • tokotamer

      It has more to do with backwards compatibility than it does the quality of any particular game. Pokemon titles continue to sell long after the fact due to the continual drive to catch various Pokemon that are only, or more easily, available in older entries and then export them to the newest titles.

    • subsamuel01

      Pokemon X and Y is the only Pokemon game I couldn’t finish, it was an amazing game though. Can’t wait for Ruby and Sapphire, beat the original over 10 times on GBA.

    • Princess_Eevee9

      *Sets up Counter/Mirror Coat*

    • jugss

      Post Game Content: Yes
      Graphics: No
      An updated HG/SS with X and Y graphics and mechanics would be nice.

      What I didn’t like about X and Y is the crappy story and that fucking hobo.

      • tokotamer

        He prefers the term “nomad.”

        • raymk

          Who told you that lol.

        • AuraGuyChris

          I prefer old creepy tall hobo.

    • Kallumsmarties

      How does that work? lol XY were over 12 million a while ago and probably selling more. The fact older games are still selling don’t mean it’s because it’s better. Not only that, but Black and White tipped the charts in recent weeks because of a huge sale at Argos went on and they were going for £8 so I imagine that’s helped a lot.

    • Honestly, XY are fine games, but one thing they really dropped the ball in was the characters.

      In BW especially, each of the gym leaders felt like they had personality to them– many of them even had an impact on things outside of fighting them. Some looked after their towns or had jobs outside of being a gym leader, and it made them interesting. Your rivals also had a pretty good range of personality, being your childhood friends and all, and you at least could feel engaged in what they were going through as a result of their own journeys.

      But in XY, the gym leaders felt like sorta there, like we had gone so many steps backwards to Red/Blue days. I did like the touch that more and more of these gyms are being practical places and not just trainer hangouts, but I didn’t feel all that charmed by the leaders themselves– funnily the anime itself seems to be fixing this by giving them more quirks to their personalities.

      And as for your rivals… eh, I really was not impressed by them. They just seemed very boring to me in general, and it really came to light just how boring the characters were when I finally got to the post-game and got to experience the joy that was the Looker plot. It felt like a shock, really.

      I just hope that whatever games come in the future that are next in this line, they work a lot better at making you feel some actual attachment to the characters around you. It’s what helps make the journey, if you’re meeting interesting people.

      • Miss_Madness

        The problem with the rival is that they were trying to do too much, they only seem to do stuff when you’re around and everything got really one note in comparison. Oh hey it’s the pokedex kid or the dance guy. They were like normal random npcs. Like hell I remember Barry and his personality from diamond really well. He was an impatient dick and always on the go. He didn’t change much until he lose to Team galactic then he mellowed out.

        We didn’t get to know the kalos kids as characters so much as random people that happen to do things around you when you’re doing stuff.

        • Yeah that’s pretty much all part of it, and I think part of the problem was the fact that you had four other “rivals” through the course of the game, when it seems like the perfect number for balance is two (to cover the two remaining starters). Barry and Lucas/Dawn worked well because you had the impatient guy who’s always raring to go and has someone to look up to (his dad) and Lucas/Dawn were the more dedicated level-headed sorts. It was much the same for Bianca and Cheren, only they represented the overlying theme of what Black and White had, and broke away from having the other gendered choice being a character in the game.

          Now, if I were gonna change the XY rivals, I’d have probably merged Pokedex kid with Shauna– a very non-combative rival who wants to see the Pokemon, and maybe actually add the dancing stuff to your main rival. Shoot, I would think /that’d/ be interesting at least. And, you know, actually feel like they have lives outside of existing in your general direction.

          • Miss_Madness

            That would be been loads more fun and made interacting with the Kalos kids a lot more interesting. Actually after the B/W rivals. My favorite happens to be R/S/E ones. May/Brendan wanted to complete the pokedex because they wanted pokemon professors one day, heck they give up being trainer at a certain point to do so. While with Wally, you had more of a mentor relationship with him. Teaching him the ropes of pokemon and you get to see him grow as a trainer.

            All we want is rivals that live and not just exist! Thats my hope for gen 7

          • Yes! I’m actually looking forward to seeing how ORAS handles May/Brendan and Wally, since I know the games will be having some story alterations to fit in Mega Evolutions, so I hope they expand and flesh out their characters as a result of it.

            But yes, I hope they take a step back to Gen 3/4/5 for inspiration on rivals and not continue this type of trend… and especially give much more impact on the gym leaders. That was such a bummer that in XY, they were sorta just… there, for the most part. Here’s hoping.

        • AuraGuyChris

          Barry was pretty enjoyable to watch. Cheren and Bianca came and topped that very well…

          The Kalos Trio, on the other hand? I only remember the fat dancing kid mentioning the word “dance” in every sentence he said and giving me my daily Heart Scale, the ginger kid comparing his near-empty Pokedex with mine and getting no reward out of it, and the young black Bianca being an unlikely source of light lesbian undertones over a firework scene and her fears of feeling useless WHEN IN FACT THERE WAS NO SUCH THING IN THE GAME WHERE SHE WAS USELESS OTHER THAN SQUEEING AT EVERY PLACE SHE GOT TO.

          I feel like they replaced the writer for BW, or they followed the absurd idea Miyamoto had with Paper Mario: Sticker Star: NO STORY.

      • AuraGuyChris

        The Looker sidequest pretty much was the best story out of the XY storyline. No people constantly yelling MEGA EVOLUTION(!), not an overly complicated plot to destroy the world using magical technology pulled out of the region’s butt, no “rivals” fooling around your adventure and suddenly realizing they need to be serious…where they don’t get anywhere anyway.

        It’s just a heartwarming story between an overly quirky detective and a orphaned girl and her Espurr.

    • DeadLineDance

      B/W’s plot was well-paced with a compelling villain who genuinely challenged the morality of the game’s world and the player him/herself, with a conflict that was immediately relevant to the game’s world and actually made you think.

      X/Y’s plot was seemingly cribbed from an entirely different JRPG altogether, as its magical super-weapon, tales of a grimdark ancient war, and villain (whom the game tries to tell you is morally complicated) espousing Malthusian ethics in a game whose audience includes small children is not only a muddled mess, but also a complete difference in tone and flavor from anything else in the entire game, or even the Pokemon universe at large. Also, it’s all crammed in-between the 7th and 8th Badge, during which you fight said bland villain THREE TIMES almost back-to-back, and you get a long-ass infodump from an NPC you’re suddenly supposed to care about even though he just showed up out of nowhere.

      • HarakiriKami

        PLatinum did Grimdark better because they had an actual nihilist playing the role lmao.

        • Platinum was great by virtue of great writing, Looker existing, and the whole idea that Team Galactic was basically incompetent on purpose so they’d never catch onto the nihilistic edge their leader had.

      • AuraGuyChris

        Let’s not forget Mega Evolution is just there to look cool. Who cares? FEAR MEGA MOMMY!

    • rubin

      HG/SS? Yes
      BW? No

      And thats only if we’re counting single player, which doesn’t change much between games. XY online blows both out of the water (when they still worked, anyways).

  • Maia Kasoya

    Wasn’t there a post like this around this time last year?

  • Vash bane

    cool lets you know newer people are getting in to it :)

  • subsamuel01

    Soul Silver and Heart Gold are so hard to find at a reasonable price now.

    • melvin2898


  • Izzy Miyake

    Oh Heartgold, easily my favourite of the 2d games.
    So many pokemon to catch and two regions to explore? Heck yea!

  • Princess_Eevee9

    That’s good because Gen V is underrated so good to see new gamers buying it.

  • Kallumsmarties

    I mean we have all moved on by now to new Pokemon games, but the fact even older ones are selling is great, even if it’s not that big of a change. Pokemon still doesn’t get old for me.

  • GamerLegend

    Let’s hope Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire can beat those sales.

  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owl

    Pokemon Black/White are my personal favorites. Aside from HeartGold/SoulSilver and all.

    You can still find them (Black/White) for a good price on Amazon. Pokemon White 2 goes even cheaper.

  • VenerableSage

    Given how short and easy X/Y are, I’m not surprised that people are already tired of them and wanted a different Pokemon game to play in the interim.

    I dunno, maybe if Game Freak would have actually supported X/Y with *worldwide* access to every event and would have went with older principles of actually having content that could be unlocked that’s already in the game, along with something more substantive than online capabilities and the Battle Maison, people would be sticking with X/Y more after finishing it.

    Regardless, despite my initial opinions on Black/White (i.e. this is a terrible “reboot”), I’ve recently come to appreciate them more. If I didn’t already have a ridiculous backlog (and if OR/AS weren’t coming out in a few months), I’d have bought and I’d be playing Black right now. So, I’m glad that more people are picking it up.

  • Eder García

    i am one of those who bought the white version recently because of the poke transfer, hope the dead of the wifi connection makes nintendo to drop the prices of these games

  • I’d buy HeartGold. IF I COULD FIND A COPY. ;;

    • You can buy it fifty dollars used at GameStop. Only fifteen bucks more than it was four years ago.

      • That would require A) Pre-owned versions of it showing up on the site and B) The Gamestop itself actually having it near me.

        • Byron Kerrison II

          A) It shows up fine for me. He’s right. $50 for a pre-owned version is a rip-off anyway and you’re better off buying it online.

          B) I’m sorry to hear that. But if you’re in doubt, just try going up there and asking. I know one time there was a game that wasn’t listed on their site near me but they still had it in stock.

          • A) It actually won’t show up for me. Even when I do a direct search, it only offers me the New version… which they won’t let me check if it’s in stock anywhere, and is of course not available online.

            B) I generally at least try to do that when I can at least, so I guess I’ll just keep trying.

          • Byron Kerrison II

            Good luck.

            I’m probably going to be shelling out that $50 anyway…

  • Eh, Black and White are garbage. People are probably just getting it for Poketransfer. HG and SS are classics though.

    • Yeah. While I don’t think Black and White were garbage, I do agree they aren’t anything special or awesome compared to HG and SS.

    • raymk

      How is black and white garbage but HG and SS are considered classics? They are all pretty much the same game, HG just has less pokemon than black and white.

      • Its not about how many Pokemon there are. BW are awful games in terms of presentation, story, post game content etc. Bad game.

        • RedShadoww

          Funny, I thought BW was considered to have the best story out of the main titles. What did you not like about it? Which main title do you consider has the best story and why? Just curious.

        • Hexodious

          That’s so laughable because BW2 pretty much got the best post-game content right now.

    • Blazkn

      it’s nice to have opinions

  • Mozendo

    That’s great Black and White is honestly one of the most fun I had in a Pokemon game and a handeld since Crystal. Glad to see it’s still doing well.

    However I can’t say the same bout HG/SS. I rarely enjoyed it, one of the weakest Pokemon games ever made..

    • HarakiriKami

      Lol wut?

      HGSS is chock full of stuff. Frankly it has the best interface of all the pokemon games.

      And tons of content. Awesome final boss music too.

      The only games close to their level of content is BW2 and Platinum

  • Buitronthecrazy .

    funny enough, the BW arc of the pokemon manga ended (finally) just two weeks ago.

  • Linkmstr

    Probably because Gold and Silver had two regions… TWO REGIONS!

    • JohnNiles

      And pokemon following behind you, and lots of legendaries, and 8-bit remixes, and a badass secret boss, and you can stuff all the gym leaders in a room.

    • Timovisch

      Not that Jotho is a that big region and Kanto is pretty plain boring in HG/SS/G/S/C (in my opinion).

      • DarkRoxas


        Yeah, I also though that Kanto was really boring and dispensable. I only went to Kanto in my HG one time. ONE TIME. And I finished my HG four ~ five times already. When I went to Kanto, I finished it in one day. Nothing interesting happens there. I always had the sensation that my character was the only person in that region, because there is nothing interesting there. And when the time to battle Red arrived, it was a pain in the ass, because grinding in this game was really slow. I had to change the internal clock of my DS Lite everytime I wanted to battle a specific GYM Leader just to grind. So yeah, I really don’t understand why people like so much the idea of more regions in one game, since Game Freak makes them really boring and empty :c

    • HarakiriKami

      Iwata did that lol

  • AuraGuyChris

    Even though Gen VI is the new fad, it pales in comparison to Black & White which had dozens of new Pokemon, a very good story with engaging characters (not unlike the useless Kalos Trio who only fooled around), and a decent post-game. Its sequel is only better in the post-game content aspect, though.

    So, yes, BW was awesome (but then the anime made it look soooooooooooooooo bad…)

    • Buitronthecrazy .

      read the manga version of BW.

    • DeadLineDance

      Agree 100%. Black/White is my favorite Pokemon game, period.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        me too, even though not for the pokemon designs

    • PotatoPower

      i actually felt like the bw post game was lacking, especially in comparison to gen 4. but ya they were great games

      • DarkRoxas

        Yeah, in my opinion, B/W’s post game sucked as bad as X/Y’s. Black City/White Forest were boring as hell and what else we had… Kyurem? A couple of boring routes?

        5th Gen wasn’t my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Pokémon that were introduced in this gen. In terms of introduced Pokémon, they are my favorite, behind only Hoenn’s Pokémon. I also agree that the story was really good for a Pokémon game, even though I don’t like the characters as much as a lot of people make them look cool and well developed. What I REALLY didn’t like about this gen was Unova and it’s OST. I felt that Unova’s design was really lazy and so freaking linear, that I didn’t even felt encouraged to explore everything like I’ve done in past regions and in Kalos, because the routes were so empty and short. I don’t like the OST either. I think a lot of compositions in these games are a mess of different instruments that were put together with a lot of crackles. And they were so high pitched… And I also think that Triple and Rotation Battles are kinda useless, so yeah, I also think that this gen didn’t bring much new to the franchise like R/S, D/P and X/Y brought.

        But I agree with those that say that B/W being “revived” like this isn’t related to being good or bad games. It’s probably because of the PokéTransporter, since a lot of people skipped Gen 5 and returned to the franchise in the current generation.

    • ギャビン

      B&W was great. XY not so much, for me at least.

  • Byron Kerrison II

    I have to go out and buy SoulSilver again. My dog got upset at me and decided to take it out on the cartridge.

    What really hurts me is I’m sure I had at least one shiny Pokemon on there but I can’t remember what it was. ;_; I had just started playing again last night too…

    • ZEROthefirst

      If you’re in the U.S. then you’re not getting a copy of HG/SS for a cheap price, especially if you want a case with it. I sold my copy of SS the other day for $90, granted I still had the collector’s box, case, manual and pokewalker, but you get the point I’m trying to make. You’re not getting these games for a reasonable price anymore.

      • Byron Kerrison II

        Right. I just don’t get why. It was a great game even for a remake. But $90? No dice. I saw some sellers on eBay getting bids as high as $70 and there was nothing special about the game whatsoever. I actually won a bid on Pokemon Black for $10 and to my surprise it had all the Legendaries and some event Pokemon already on it.

        Case I don’t care about so much but I’m not going to Gamestop to get this game used for $10 more than it’s new price….

        • Elizabeth ‘Ely’ Moreno

          Yeah, I actually asked why they were so much more expensive than the new ones that just got released, and their answer was “because they are the old versions and as such more wanted”. Dude you see any other franchise and the old games are cheaper than the new ones!
          Damn that business thing…

          • Byron Kerrison II

            That’s retarded…

            I thought it was because some people trade their games in without resetting them and they believed that some rare Pokemon might still be on them. So they cash-in on that.

          • HarakiriKami

            Isnt Pikmin 1 and 2 still more expensive than Pikmin 3?

            Its not like the new game replaces the old one.

          • JohnNiles

            Would love to see them try that with annual sports games. :3

            Gamestop and eBay sellers aren’t smart enough to figure out where demand comes from and they don’t really care; they just follow the price spikes.

            If you ask me, it’s shiny hunters. HG/SS has a wide spread of legendaries, you can see your shiny pokes on the field, you can see shiny starters before you even pick one, and it helps in filling your B/W or X/Y pokedexes.

  • alejandro

    They are the Old games of pokemon but u cannot forget how good they are !

  • alejandro

    They are the Old games of pokemon but u cannot forget how good they are !

  • D. Collins

    I actually just bought Pokemon White 2 aabout a month ago. Pretty fun story.

    • Timovisch

      White 2 and Black 2 are very fun. In content and world map probably the most finest main games. I still very much prefer Black and White’s story over the second games.

    • triablos

      BW2 was actually the first pokemon game I couldn’t bring myself to complete. I also haven’t finished XY yet, so I’m probably just not into pokemon as much as I once was.

  • Go2hell66

    Nintendo: “all according to keikkaku muahahaha”

  • Learii

    pokemon bank that why

  • sharpshot909

    Well to be fair, HeartGold and Soulsilver are easily the best versions.

    • Aaron K Stone


  • Hexodious

    Is it really that hard to get copies of old Pokémon games nowadays? my local store got HG/SS with the pokewalker for €19,99 to €30,00 B/W for like €9,99 to 15,99, B/W2 pretty much the same price, D/P/P around €11,00 and all the other games before that all below €9,99 from Emerald to Yellow basically.

  • Beta

    Would LOVE to get my hands on a copy, if only there was a reasonable price for a new factory sealed version ._.

    • HarakiriKami


      • Beta

        WHERE? 8D

        • HarakiriKami

          Gamestop, Best Buy, Walmart.

    • Kamakuma

      I found mine on Amazon used for $40 came with the box dent free all the codes and booklets(You know those things that seem to have gone extinct? >.<) pokewalker still in it's protective wrapping brand new… x'D I nearly had a heart attack. There are some nice people out there. :'D

      • Beta

        Oh, that’s awesome! But you can never be so sure, so I always like buying my stuff factory sealed, tbh.

  • triablos

    My favourite pokemon games are HGSS.

  • Well, you know what they say. Gotta catch’em all! :)

  • Croix Zapp

    Maybe im old, but i prefer the designs of old pokemon over new ones. HSSS is the best for me~. BNW not so much

    looking forward to Ruby sapphire too

  • Roger

    My favorite gen is probably 4th. Didn’t like B&W too much (the plot evolved, though). Secret base being an online browser mini-game never pleased me too.

    HG/SS was fun…never got X/Y, probably gonna wait for the inevitable XX/XY/Z whatever.

  • Leslie Alvarez

    i feel happy to contribute to that, since i got Pokemon White last Christmas, and i actually do want HGSS and B2W2…

    … as well as ORAS. :)

    • Black / White is still my favorite in the series. I mean, it’s the first time that we are the villains in the story. That’s a very interesting take on the Pokemon series.

      • Suzaku Kururugi

        Nigga wat

  • Jeffrey

    I’ve been searching for a new copy of Heart Gold/Soul Silver but can’t find it any where that isn’t asking for $80 plus.

    • [S]unjay

      Come to my house.

  • awang0718

    It will be interesting to see how well Pokemon X/Y sells in it’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th year on the market. My guess is the game will hit lifetime sales of 17-18 million, much like Diamond/Pearl

  • Wiccan1109

    Original silver was my favourite (kid days and nostalgia) but i played everything they put out up until BW2 where i just felt like i had grown tired of the series and I decided to give up on it. Then XY came out and totally revitalized it for me, havent enjoyed the series so much since i was a kid. I loved it, it made me want to go back on all my older stuff for transfers to finish my dex. I feel like they just kinda made it relevant to 2014 without having to reboot/alienate anything and I like that.

  • Bobby Jennings

    I haven’t got to play this one yet. Lazy :l

  • Xaxal_Ravenguard

    They’re fucking impossible to find and they might have risen in price locally. I WANT TO PLAY MY CHILDHOOD’S REMAKE FUCK NABBIT!

  • Robert Hendrie

    I can’t find HG/SS anywhere, only used copies for like 60-100

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