Here’s How The Last Few Pokémon RPGs Have Sold To Date

By Ishaan . November 3, 2014 . 9:01am

With Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire around the corner, it’s time for a quick sales update to let everyone see how the last few Pokémon games have sold worldwide. Below are the last recorded sales figures for every pair of mainline Pokémon RPGs released since the Game Boy Advance:


As of March 31st, 2013:

Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire – 16.22 million

Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen – 12 million

Pokémon Black 2/White 2 – 7.81 million


As of March 31st, 2014:

Pokémon Diamond/Pearl – 17.63 million

Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver – 12.72 million

Pokémon Black/White – 15.58 million


As of September 30th, 2014:

Pokémon X and Y – 13.29 million


It’s interesting to note that, out of all the brand new Pokémon games released since Ruby and Sapphire on the GBA, Pokémon Diamond/Pearl still hold the highest life-to-date sales. Whether any Pokémon game will ever be able to break the 17 million mark again remains to be seen.


Sales data courtesy Nintendo’s investor website.

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  • Damn, gen 4 still at the top.

    • HarakiriKami

      DS + hype.

      21 million is still the peak of the series though

  • Adam

    I heard that the pre-orders for Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire are higher than that of X&Y. So it has a chance to be very close to DP’s numbers.

  • Adrian Duran

    also keep in mind the sales of the GBA, DS and 3DS

  • D-Omen

    X and Y’s attach rate is massive compared to gens 4 and 5, keep in mind the DS was ahead of the 3DS in sales quite a bit.

  • subsamuel01

    Not surprised Black 2 and White 2 sold so poorly, that gen had some of the worst design pokemon I’ve ever seen.

    • Aaron K Stone

      DP would like to disagree.

    • Yan Zhao

      But it had the cutest loli protagonist!!! #PedoBearModeOn

      • hng qtr

        Re-read his post. He said B/W 2, not R/S.

        • PreyMantis

          Hmm… I don’t know… Lilligant and Meloetta are pretty loli.

    • Crevox

      Wasn’t really that, for me at least; it was just a new pokemon game/series with absolutely no new pokemon and seemingly no good new features. I didn’t want more of black and white, I wanted something new.

    • Adding the “2” was a step in the wrong direction.

    • PreyMantis

      That’s an opinion I disagree with. Every generation have their fair share of bad-looking monsters.

      • subsamuel01

        This gen probably had some of the worst compared to others Vanillish, trubbish I don’t know what they were thinking.

        • PreyMantis

          But I like Vanillish…in my mouth. At least it’s not just a Pokeball that evolves into an upside-down Pokeball…
          X and Y also has the least new Pokemon.

    • Adrian Duran

      I think the fact it came near the end of the DS life was a mark on it

    • Meanwhile it was the best Pokemon game, even with X/Y out.

      • KanjiLikesBoys

        well BW was great but 2 felt really cheap

    • Destiny13777

      That would make sense if BW didn’t have the exact same mons minus a few forms. If anything 2 tried winning over older fans because they added pokes from past gens that weren’t available in BW until post game.

  • Chersea

    You… forgot Platinum. Not that it’s a huge deal or anything, but it might be worth adding for the sake of others’ curiosity.

    • shytende

      And Emerald.

      I guess, it wouldn’t make lot of sense to compare with double versions.

    • I didn’t forget, it’s just that updated numbers for those two weren’t available.

      • Chersea

        My mistake then.

  • Gaisaph

    Is it still too late for a Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen 2 or a HeartGold/SoulSilver 2? I mean, if they’ve got time for a remake, why not make a sequel like they did with Black and White?

    • Gold/Silver is a Red/Blue 2.
      It is literally a sequel to Red/Green/Blue/Yellow

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I pondered for hours as to why Gen 4 (Diamond/Pearl) had sold the most up to this date. Then it hit me.

    Mai waifu, Hikari/Dawn, is objectively the most kawaii in the Pokemon universe. If you think otherwise, you’re wrong! :P

    I remember getting back into Pokemon when Gen 4 was going to be released. And yes I did pick Dawn as my character >_>

    I think the DS craze was pretty strong around its release (2007?) like said below. I got a DS Lite a few months before it came out, I don’t remember why but I was convinced on getting one lol. Curious to know if anyone else has any other ideas as to why D/P has sold the most up until now (other than the 1st fact I listed above!).

    • Adam

      Sorry but May.

      • Fighting words, sir.

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        We’ll see how ORAS fares~

    • Evan Groman

      I think the real factor to look at here is the game PREVIOUS to it. I know a few people who didn’t get X/Y because they didn’t like BW.

      The reason everyone was paying attention to DP is because Ruby and Sapphire were so good, the rate of customer satisfaction was high, so they wanted more games.

      I think DP were actually LESS good, which encouraged less people to buy BW. Pokemon is the sort of series where, when you consider buying a new game, the first question in your head is “well, did I like the last one…?”

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        Good point, didn’t think of that!

      • Codi Schumacher

        I felt Diamond and pearl screwed up in the following ways
        1 how the pokemon contests worked in R&S should have been left alone,
        2 They made the secret bases much less appealing compared with Ruby&sapphire,
        3They took away the 2 bike styles option,
        4 the little park where you walk pokemon around in was
        incredibly limited as to what pokemon were allowed in.
        5 They took out Dive which was a great concept and way to meet pokemon so sadly the dive balls which were just implemented in R&S now became worthless.
        The game as a whole however is among the best to date in the franchise imo and I would love to see a revisit to Sinnoh

        • HarakiriKami

          I dunno I prefer hoenn

          SInnoh battlefrontier is worse

          • Codi Schumacher

            Well that makes 2 of us overall I prefer Hoenn also I cant say I ever bothered with the battle frontiers.

          • HarakiriKami

            Sinnoh is what you get if you replace all of hoenn’s water routes with interconnected caves and turn up the snow meter. Lakes and deciduous forests ahoy. Hokkaido Verbatim.

            Personally I liked Johto and Hoenn the best.

            Kanto is pretty generic imo. Sevii Islands were cool I guess tho.

          • Codi Schumacher

            Snow!? Dont even get me started on snow I HATE the cold, and caves how the hell do they compare with underwater exploration? Besides there are more than enough caves already in the other games.

          • HarakiriKami

            Because they’re connected to a mountain

          • Codi Schumacher

            Not what I meant. I mean how do they compare in terms of what is more interesting/exciting.

      • Destiny13777

        I think it was the change in hardware, even at the tail end of last year people still expected pokemon games on the DS for some reason. That and as big as the 3DS userbase is, it’s not the DS.

    • PreyMantis

      Nah, Touko/Hilda’s the shit!

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        In terms of sales numbers, close but no cigar :V

      • HarakiriKami

        This one is actually legal (in japan :P. Oh and some parts of the “South” )

    • Raltrios

      Dawn can’t be #1. May still exists, after all.

      • HarakiriKami


    • Sakurazaki

      It’s either Dawn or Lyra when it comes to vanilla designs.

      But a custom Serena wins it for me <3

    • Nope. That award goes to May. When Heart Gold / Soul Silver came out, Marina wasn’t popular enough and was replaced by Lyra. It’s quite the opposite with May. She’s so darn kawaii and popular that Game Freak decided to keep her in.

      • KanjiLikesBoys

        wtf is wrong with her face here?

      • Asuna Neros


    • MogMoogle

      Imagine next gen where they release a new Diamond/Pearl where you can stylize Hikari/Dawn’s outfit and all.

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        You should work for GameFreak *__*

    • HarakiriKami

      Such jailbait

    • Asuna Neros

      Sorry but May is still the best and cutest Poke girl out there. Leaf 2nd followed by Rosa then Hilda and last is Serena.

  • Quizler

    Too bad about BW2, I think it’s probably the best pokemon game. Definitely better than XY with the PWT alone. Platinum’s not on the list? alot of people say that gen 4 was pretty bad, but they probably never played platinum.

    • Frankie

      I really liked gen 4 a lot to be honest.

      I agree BW2 were great games but BW hurt them I think. BW were kinda disappointing with the repetitive use of Pokemon and some other small things. Overall they were great still.

    • raygunner659

      BW2 is my favourite Pokemon game of all time. Gen 4 DPP was also great, but I think it just reached the point where I could tell how slow battling actually was with the visuals on, and the selection of Pokemon to start the journey off wasn’t my favourite; there were also a lot of Pokemon from older generations that I just didn’t care for at all. The music though, will always stay with me.

    • Destiny13777

      B2W2’s sales arent that bad I think, it sold half as well as its main game and I’m betting Emerald and Platinum were similar in that regard. Despite being sequels I think everyone saw them as 3rd versions. If it didn’t say 2 and instead said Gray or whatever I think we wouldn’t see that much of a difference.

  • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

    GEN 4 IS DA BEST generation of Pokemon!!

    2017 or 2018 Diamond and Pearl remake on Nintendo next gen handheld!

  • KanjiLikesBoys

    Gen 4 was legit the best gen.
    Cynthia is better than all your fave Champions

    (Whatsherface from XY was the WORST! She didn’t do a goddamned thing to save the world and her outfit was HIDEOUS)

    • HarakiriKami

      Her outfit is the majority of the reason you dislike her eh?

      I like her battle theme more than cynthia’s

      • Luke Blackwood

        Diantha is pretty meh though – it’s been the last pokemon i’ve played, and yet it was the only champion I couldn’t remember while watching some random Elite 4 videos. The fact that she is useless throughout the story is pretty much the best reason, and her outfit is certainly not helping.

        I’d probably tie Cynthia, Steven and Blue though – maybe put Blue above those two because he is your rival and so the battle between you two isn’t only a battle for the seat of champion – it is also the end of your ongoing personal battle.

      • KanjiLikesBoys

        I dislike her for being in about 10 minutes of the game before we face her in the league. I dislike her for being useless to the plot. I dIslike her for her shitty pokes and I also dislike her outfit.
        WTF were with those wings? and was that a Skort? Bitch please, take that shit back to the discount rack in Laverre city

        • HarakiriKami

          Man, you’re just a boiling mass of hatred arent ya you diva.

          • KanjiLikesBoys

            Guilty as charged.

    • Raltrios

      Cynthia > Steven > Blue > Lance > Diantha > Alder

      At least in terms of how pumped the battle got me. Alder may be a pathetic Champ with boring music, but as a character he’s bro-tier.

      • KanjiLikesBoys

        totally correct. Lance was cool as one of the Elite Four but as a a champ he was lackluster

        • Raltrios

          The first time I fought him back in Gold he was great. In the remake he kind of ticked me off by spamming outrage to KO my Politoed in one shot every time I revived him…
          Steven’s fantastic as both a Champ and a character, and I’m glad he’s the top dog of my favourite region.
          Nothing will replace the memories of fighting Blue back in the day. Gen 1 Hyper Beam is best Hyper Beam.
          I love Diantha’s music but I agree with you that she’s a terrible character, and as a Champ she’s almost as bad as Alder.

          But Cynthia? Dear god, the music blew me away. The Piano intrumental when you walk into the room, followed by that sinister-sounding intro to her battle theme before the drums kick off… No battle had ever set my blood to boiling before. It was great. She spammed Giga Impact a lot, but I still manged to have fun.

          • KanjiLikesBoys

            her garchomp fucked my shit up and i had to sacrifice so many pokes so i could heal the one thing that could really hit it

          • Raltrios

            It was the same with me. I was foolish back then and had brought my untrained Mesprit along with me for my E4 challenge, and her Garchomp was beaten only after a series of Giga Impact! Hyper Potion! Giga Impact! Hyper Potion! and so on until she missed so I could get a hit in.

  • Anontastic

    Diamond and Pearl were the last PKMN games to truly impress me on every level. Before that it was Silver and Gold. They were so good…

    • HarakiriKami

      I like Platinum more.

  • Vallen

    Gen 3 and Gen 4 are the best in my opinion.

  • Slickyslacker

    Be careful about putting everything in perspective.

    A couple of first-glance, easy observations to make would be: remakes, and sequels especially, drastically undersell the games which they succeed/are based off of. Some of them released during the times of other million-selling titles and/or new models of existing consoles being rolled out, resulting in bolstered hardware booms.

    Numeric correlation across handhelds is something to note as well: X/Y outsold in 1 year what HG/SS made in 4 years. X/Y surpassed in 1 year the lifetime sales of FR/LG, which have been around for nearly a decade.

    Investigative work into the sales of progenitor games proves the obvious: their lifetime sales far surpass that of their successors. Even still, being a prime figure of a “long-legged” game series enables Pokemon to have endless selling potential. The games with the longest legs themselves are those on the most relevant hardware.

    Each generation naturally disappoints some that experienced the previous. This seemed to happen with Ruby and Sapphire the most; X and Y apparently reinvited many old fans to the series.

    I predict that OR/AS will be an odd sort of “meteorite”: to those that excitedly awaited and heralded with jubilation their eventual coming, they’re a given godsend. Landing on the most popular gaming console of the time makes for a dynamic combination of elements. Pre-order figures are only auspicious.

    I have a feeling that long-distanced from Pokemon will pick up one of the two, inspired by some whim of nostalgia.

    Will OR/AS break 17 million? They’re going to be the only eligible candidates for a while. The (rather likely) Pokemon Z would barely surpass 10 million in its lifetime, at best. Barring a major reinvition or evolution of the Pokemon formula, the breakout 7th generation duo wouldn’t come close either.

  • Jaegers

    Really surprised to see Gen 4 and 5 at the 1st and 3rd place, but I know the the DS was such a huge success. Gen 6 has sold a lot in less than a year, and it’s impressive considering how much smaller the install base is on the 3DS. I have bias for pre-Gen 4 games because that’s what I grew up with so I really hope OR/AS at least match X and Y’s sales. They are pretty much tied with Gold and Silver as my favorites.

  • Alestaos

    I did love my Pokemon Pearl it was a great game with one of the biggest worlds to date and was just fun ^^ I like X as well, though I’ll pick up Aqua Sapphire at Christmas. I do hope that they make a huge game for the next Gen and Less Legendaries more real Pokemon!


    Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum had to be my absolute favorite (HeartGold and SoulSilver not very far behind). So, I’m a bit happy, and a little surprised, that it was one of the higher number sales in this list.

    • JustJam

      Makes you wonder how much Pearl have sold in comparison to Diamond and Platinum though? But yeah I’m happy too. I don’t get why GF is not introducing more legit evolutions for Pokemons recently. I like Mega Evolution but I don’t want them to give Farfetch’D or Qwilfish some and never lay a finger on them again.


        I do wonder… I chose Pearl over Diamond actually.
        I know, they’ve been handing Mega Evolutions out quite generously. I honestly don’t know how I feel about the ones they’ve announced. I mean, I understand why they gave certain ones some (i.e Sharpedo and Camerupt). But, random ones (i.e Pidgeot and Lopunny) kinda’ threw me off. I just wonder what who they’re going to give Megas next.
        I’m crossing my fingers for a Mega Luxray, since he’s my favorite Pokemon. But, I don’t know.

      • Codi Schumacher

        Sales dont equal happy customers look at the ps4 they sold a ton of units but had a ton of defects also.

  • DungeonRPG

    DPPt was boss

  • Adam Sheridan

    In comparison, Black and White 2 was pretty much a flop.

    I mean a difference of over four million units to overtake the next lowest on the list? That’s a pretty big drop.

    • JustJam

      Obviously, I mean they released it right at the END of DS’s life so it was bound to be forgotten. But it was still critically well received.

      • Codi Schumacher

        B2& W2 not forgotten just disdained at least imo.

        the original Black and white allowed TM’s to finally get infinite use but beyond that not much in the way of actual improvements to the pokemon franchise.

        • James Robert Thompson

          Dream World abilities? Seriously BW bought the metagame out of the stall wars it had been stuck in ever since gen 2… It didn’t have a huge new gimmick like Physical Special split Mega Evolutios but I would argue that it had more effect on the game play than X and Y has had even with it’s new fairy type.

        • HarakiriKami

          BW2 is the game that streamlined the breeding process and the join avenue.

          • Codi Schumacher

            I thought Hoenn did a fine job with breeding introducing abilities like flame body into the mix

          • HarakiriKami

            That stacks on top of the stuff they introduced in Gen 5. Plus we have even more items now to dictate the iv’s,natures and moves passed down to one iota.

      • Adam Sheridan

        Well don’t you seem to be offended over something miniscule.

        Regardless of when it was released it still had the entire range of DS systems in the open and the 3DS systems that had already been sold as a userbase. That’s a lot of potential customers. The game sold very well, but not nearly as well as it probably should have.

    • Alibaba035

      Was it? I’m sure if they included the other rehash versions (emerald and platinum) the sales would be similar, or maybe even lower. But it’s definitely not as equally weighted as all the other games were

      • Adam Sheridan

        Look at it this way.

        Pokemon Platinum sold around 7.6M units.

        Black and white 2 sold 7.8M units.

        Platinum was a solo game, that on its own almost sold more than the two versions together. I’m not saying they’re bad games or that the sales weren’t good, most people wish they could shift 7M units, I’m just saying they’re drastically lower than the others.

        • Alibaba035

          uhhh, I don’t think that is not how it works at all, and I’m pretty sure that figure also just disproves your entire point. The fact that there were two different editions of what was essentially the same game, that does not mean there’s suddenly going to be this huge disparity between one of the solo games, plus you’re also comparing them with the initial two games’ sales as well, when really comparing it to Emerald and Platinum is what you should be going for.

          I really can’t see why you think there’d be such a spike in numbers just because there were two editions of the game. Two editions of the game does not just double sales figures, not even 1.5x it. Nintendo knows that, they would have prepared BW2 and printed and shipped just as many copies overall as they did with Platinum. The market they are going for with BW2 is the exact same group of people that bought Platinum, and it is reasonably smaller that the group of people that bought the first batch, I can’t see how it was a flop at all, if anything it just didn’t exceed expectations terribly, and that’s perfectly fine.

          • Adam Sheridan

            Doesn’t disprove anything. I also did not compare Black and White with Black and White 2, so no idea where you got that from.

            Also on the topic of “Two editions of the game does not just double sales figures” the history of Pokemon games sales disagrees with you there. The first two versions pretty much always have double and up sales figures from the third game in the bunch.

          • Alibaba035

            I didn’t say you did? You compared BW2’s overall sales, the enhanced third version of a generation just like Platinum, Emerald, Crystal, and Yellow before you, with the initial first game in the generations sales.

            It sounds like you completely missed my point. Of course the first two versions are going to have higher, almost if not more than double the sales, compared to the third game. Not everyone is going to buy the third edition it if they already have one of the first two. That does not mean that “two editions of the game leads to twice as many sales”, that is not a viable business forecast nor makes any sense, as you can see with BW2 having similar sales to the other enhanced third titles.

            The third edition of the games were released much later, and the majority of the people that the game is targeted to? Would probably already own a copy of the first two. That’s a big limiting factor, and a completely different sales scenario to when the first two games are released, it doesn’t compare because they’re in two completely different contexts, one that only occurs in succession to the event of the first one.

          • Adam Sheridan

            Sorry I take it back then. Black and white 2 is perfect and long live Pokemon.

          • Alibaba035

            Now you’re just being silly

            But I don’t think you’re going to get what I’m saying at all so there’s really no point. Also I for the record I haven’t played with BW/BW2 so I reeeeeaalllly don’t have a bias for them, you’re just generally wrong altogether.

  • Codi Schumacher

    One thing I’m really shocked they didnt do was have seasons changing and the day and night going on within the same game yet. Give whatever lame programming excuses you want but tech is advancing and the new consoles should be capable of handling it.

  • Asuna Neros

    Personally, I love B2W2 and it’s my 2nd favorite game (The only thing that I don’t like about it is the anime itself). I’m also surprised that DPP is doing that great, last I heard it was one of the worse. Gen 3 is my favorite of all and I’m happy for it’s sale. I just can’t wait to get myself a copy of Omega Ruby.

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