Pokemon Black & White had one of the best first weeks in gaming history with over 2.5 million units sold following its release last Saturday. Not surprisingly, this had a positive effect on the DS hardware itself.
Even though DS has sold over 31 million units in Japan, the system still managed to top Media Create's hardware charts for the week. This is actually normal even without a major Pokemon release, but you usually have to add up all the various DS SKUs to put the system above the PSP. This week, the DSi and DSi XL both managed it on their own. Even the DS Lite saw a boost.
Here's Media Create's hardware chart covering 9/13 to 9/19. Black & White was released on 9/18. Last week's sales are in parentheses for comparison.
1. DSi: 47,379 (16,345)
2. DSi XL: 31,254 (19,076)
3. PSP: 29,866 (30,761)
4. PS3: 21,096 (19,907)
5. Wii: 14,833 (15,031)
6. DS Lite: 7,137 (4,328)
7. X360: 5,804 (2,915)
8. PS2: 1,390 (1,363)
9. PSP go: 863 (809)
In addition to the overall sales surge for the DS platform, it's notable that DSi benefitted the most from Black & White's release. DSi XL is usually the top selling DS variation.
We shared first week sales for Black & White earlier this week based off Enterbrain sales data. Media Create shared its own full top 10 today. The Pokemon figure is a bit lower than the number that Enterbrain reported, but the game still outsold the second best selling game, also a new release, by 50 to 1.
In this chart, life to date sales are in parentheses:
1. Pokemon Black & White (Pokemon, DS): 2,557,779
2. Front Mission Evolved (Square Enix, PS3): 51,084
3. Yu-Gi-Oh 5Ds Tag Force 5 (Konami, PSP): 45,879
4. Halo: Reach (Microsoft, X360): 44,413
5. Wii Party (Nintendo, Wii): 36,547 (997,025)
6. Monhan Diary Poka Poka Felyne Village (Capcom, PSP): 28,627 (428,677)
7. One Piece Gigant Battle! (Namco Bandai, NDS): 28,123 (159,977)
8. Blue Roses (Nippon Ichi, PSP): 9,846
9. Taiko Drum Master DS (Namco Bandai, DS): 8,729 (215,513)
10. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo, Wii): 8,178 (825,541)
Nintendo will be announcing its 3DS launch strategy on the 29th during a press conference at the Makuhari Messe (the same venue as the Tokyo Game Show, which Nintendo does not attend) in Chiba, Japan. With 3DS on the way, Black & White could end up being the last major push for the current generation DS platform.
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