Pokémon Black & White Have Sold 11.5 Million Copies As Of March 2011

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Pokémon Black/White have sold 11.5 million units so far, Nintendo report, factoring in both Japanese and overseas sales, as of March.


That’s 5.26 million units over a period of six months in Japan (the Japanese version released in October) and 6.25 million units in a single month overseas.


Sales enthusiasts will recall that 2.5 million of those copies were sold in the U.S. Nintendo point out that Black/White are selling faster than previous Pokémon games on the DS. Here’s a quick comparison chart showing U.S. sales trends for Black/White, HeartGold/SoulSilver, and Diamond/Pearl:



And below is a similar chart for European territories:



Finally, other points of interest from Nintendo’s recent earnings summary:


  • Super Mario 64 DS, released in November 2004, sold 1.02 million units between April ‘10 and March ‘11.


  • Mario Party DS, released in 2007, sold 1.13 million units during the same period.


  • Donkey Kong Country Returns is nearly at 5 million copies sold worldwide.

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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.