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

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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.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.