Pokémon Omega Ruby And Alpha Sapphire Had A Similar Launch To HeartGold And SoulSilver In Japan

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Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were released on November 21st in Japan. In their first week, the games sold sold 1,327,671 copies as individual packages and another 90,497 copies in the form of a “Double Pack”.


Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are remakes of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, which were originally released for the Game Boy Advance. While their sales weren’t as high as those of last year’s Pokémon X and Y, they were similar to the sales of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.


Released in 2009, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver were remakes of Pokémon Gold and Silver. In their first week on Japanese store shelves, HeartGold sold 720,086 copies, while SoulSilver sold 722,904 copies. In total, that amounts to 1,442,990 sold in their first week.


In comparison, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire sold 1,418,168 copies in their first week—a little lower than Hg/Ss, and the newer games also enjoyed a first week that was one day longer.


Sales data courtesy Media Create.

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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.