Pokémon Black/White 2 sold 1.56 million copies in their opening weekend in Japan. Sales tracker, Media Create, says that this is 80.17% of the games’ initial shipment.

 

In comparison, the original Pokémon Black/White sold 2.55 million copies during their opening weekend in 2010, and that was 87.65% of their shipment.

 

Why the lower sell-through for Black/White 2? Media Create theorize that, because there was no pre-order bonus for the games, people had no reason to buy them right away.

 

Pre-orders were slightly lower than the original Black/White as well. Black/White 2 had 1.29 million pre-orders prior to release, whereas the original Black/White had 1.88 million pre-orders.

 

As far as colour-preferences go, Black 2 outsold White 2. In their opening weekend, Black 2 sold 817,000 copies while White 2 sold 745,000 copies. In the case of the original Black/White, too, Black was the more popular version with 1.32 million in opening sales, while White sold 1.23 million.

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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