Pokémon X and Pokémon Y pre-orders in Japan have exceeded 1.26 million, according to sales tracker Media Create (via: Famitsu). This makes the two the highest pre-ordered Nintendo 3DS games in Japan to date.

 

Pokémon X and Y will be released on October 12th, and when they are, it should be interesting to see how first-week sales of the two games shape up, especially considering that they are the first pair of Pokémon RPGs on the 3DS, and that the system’s userbase has a fair bit of room to grow, with just 13 million units sold in Japan thus far.

 

For comparison, when Pokémon Diamond and Pearl were released in 2006, the two games sold 1.58 million copies in their first week on store shelves. Then, when Pokémon Black and White were released in 2010, the two games sold 2.55 million in week 1.

 

That’s quite the significant increase in sales, and considering that pre-orders for X and Y are already over 1.26 million, it’s safe to assume the two titles will handily outdo Diamond and Pearl’s first-week sales. The more interesting question is how they will perform in comparison to Black and White, and how much more room there is for the Pokémon series to grow beyond Black and White’s figures with future games.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. 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.

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