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Pokémon X & Y moves over 2 million units in US, contributes to 135% increase in 3DS sales

Friday, 22 November 2013 15:26 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Nintendo has announced that Pokémon X & Y has sold over 2 million units in the US and contributed to a 135% uptick in sales for the 3DS family of systems. The firm also said it was the fastest Pokémon in the region to hit 1 million units, and 1 in 5 3DS owners have purchased one of the titles. You can look over the infographic below. Nintendo announced back in October that Pokémon X & Y moved over 4 million units worldwide in two days and during October, the game landed at number 2 and 3 on the NPD charts.

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27 Comments

  1. marcus6291

    Imagine what Pokemon could do for the wii u if they released a proper Pokemon game for it

    #1 1 year ago
  2. YoungZer0

    Imagine if Nintendo released an actually new game.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Legendaryboss

    @2
    X? A dig at Ninty? Brace yourself there be a shitstorm a brewin’

    #3 1 year ago
  4. YoungZer0

    Seriously, this is something I’ll never understand about Nintendo Fanboys, they are the first to cry out for innovation, yet are the first in line to buy the same game every year.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    @4 The only titles I can think of that Nintendo release yearly right now are rehashes of the New Super Mario formula, and the main Pokemon titles.

    If a game uses the same characters but an entirely different genre and completely different gameplay, that doesn’t really make it the same game over and over again, does it?

    #5 1 year ago
  6. OlderGamer

    Mike +1

    #6 1 year ago
  7. YoungZer0

    I wouldn’t say any of their games have completely different gameplay. Zelda games for examples are always very, very similar in progression and gameplay. I’m just tired of these old ass franchises. They are like Ubisoft that can’t let go of the AC brand and just keep stuffing the franchise with shit that does not belong into a game about assassins.

    Create a new franchise. Is that too much to ask?

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Legendaryboss

    Is X going over your head?

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Djoenz

    What grown man that played the first pokemon would still play this overrated trash till this day.

    Rehash of pokemonsters, no story basically and I dont even know if Ashe is still the main protagonist cause I swear he should have been a pokemaster by now.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. OlderGamer

    Same could be said of a lot of franchises tho couldn’t it YoungZ?

    If we only played new IPs, we wouldn’t have nearly as much to play.

    You couldn’t make a Mario Kart game w/o racing? What would a Zelda game be without a sword/shield/gadgets? Or a Halo game w/o guns? Or an Uncharted game w/o Drake? What is so different from a Mario/Sonic/LBP/Knack/countless others of the same ilk? A platformer is a platformer. A racer a racer. And a shooter is a shooter. Inovations goes way beyond just the name of the IP.

    The trick is to give fans what they crave and like while also staying fresh. Some games do a better job then others. I feel Nintendo has done a very good job at that over the years. Like Mike said, Pokémon is pretty much the same. But that happens. It also happens to be that a lot of gamers enjoy it for what it is.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Ireland Michael

    @7 Zelda certainly has similar progression, but the shift from 2D games to 3D games is pretty drastic, and the mechanics between something like Wind Waker and Skyward Sword are also completely different from each other. I do agree that they really should try something new there, but the whole adventure thing is kinda his thing, right?

    Something like Mario Galaxy and Paper Mario are also drastically different titles. Mario may appear in a lot of titles, but they’re often completely different games. Other franchises take breaks for years too, and have had numerous different takes – Metroid for example.

    You’re focusing too much on the characters and not near enough on the games themselves. Some of Nintendo’s franchises have seen less iterations in 20 years than some current franchises have in a single generation.

    I’d love to see something completely new, I won’t lie, but the quality of what they have with the existing roster of characters is so high so often that at the same time I really don’t care.

    @9 I would.

    Ash was never the main character. He only existed in the anime.

    Pokemon now is also a drastically different game than it was back in the beginning, however it might look on the surface. There are so many other mechanics at play in those games now it a little overwhelming – competively, it’s about as hardcore an RPG as you can get.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. YoungZer0

    A good franchise knows when it should change or end. Nintendo never understood that.

    @11: “Pokemon now is also a drastically different game than it was back in the beginning, however it might look on the surface.”

    Sure. Like Call of Duty games are also drastically different games.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Djoenz

    @11
    Hold on, as hardcore as an rpg? How?

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Ireland Michael

    @12 Except they’re not.

    IV’s, EV’s, breeding, happiness, genders, day and night cycles, different battle types, natures, berries, new type match ups, special attacks vs physical attacks, etc. etc.

    They have been so many changes and addition to the core mechanics of Pokemon since it’s inception that the gameplay is almost completely indistinguishable from the originals on anything more than a cursory glance.

    @13 See above.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Djoenz

    @14
    Well you want to know what a rpg is in my book. A roleplaying game where you play a role with the protagonist and really get involved in his/her development throughout the game.

    Emphasis on collecting numerous pokemon. Its never really about the protagonist. . the only thing he wants is to be the greatest of them all. Antagonists put it cause you know there have to be evil guys.
    They always release two opposite games just to force you to buy two or exchange pokemon with a buddy.

    The endings from what Ive heard has no meaning at all. You just beaten all gyms well woopty doo now lets collect all pokemon and then what.

    Its a completely waste of time imo. They keep adding 150 pokemon etc. . . boring. It has rpg elements but imo its not a true rpg by any means. .

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Ireland Michael

    @15 The definition of an RPG is pretty diverse, and encompasses many different elements.

    If you’re looking for an engaging story with deep character development and elaborate plots, then this obviously isn’t the franchise for you, but for other people, tonnes of number based gameplay mechanics are what define an RPG, and Pokemon certainly satisfies that inch for a lot of people.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. yeoung

    @2:

    Nintendo make “legacy” games. I grew up playing Mario and Zelda games, and there’s a good chance my kids will grow up playing Mario games too. And Zelda. And Donkey Kong.

    If it is too hard to maintain some child like wonder when it comes to games, maybe Mario just isn’t for you. Besides, the Mario (bros.) series has had radical design changes between iterations and across platforms as well q.e.d Sunshine, Galaxy, SMW, SMBII, M64, MRPG, Party, Kart, Tennis, Football, etc. etc.

    Nintendo’s continually prosperous and well reviewed franchises are nothing short of a sign that these games stand the test of time. Truly ubiquitous with gaming itself.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Djoenz

    @16
    Well turned based elements with just 4 attacks you mean? I admit you have to switch pokemons for different types and it has strategy elements, but to me its just facade. Its just a polished collecting game.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Francis O

    @2
    Seriously, Nintendo should make new games like Knack and Ryse Son of Rome. Because New IPs are always great games…..

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Djoenz

    @19
    You are missing the point completely these are the oldest freaking franchises in the industry.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Legendaryboss

    Well you can’t say i didn’t warn ya @3.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. OlderGamer

    DJ man, all you did was say that Pokémon isn’t for you. NP, I don’t play it either. But I know a lot of adults that do. It is a game that crosses generations. Lots of RPGs have the collect em all mechanic.

    When I sit down to an RPG I enjoy Diablo III, Titan Quest, Grim Dawn, Path of Exile, Rift, Wow, EQ and so on. But fav all time RPG franchise is Phantasy Star. I have my eyes on Ragnorok ACE coming out for PS3. Lots of different stuff. But I think everyone prolly has their own take on what defines an RPG experience.

    All you have done is defined that Pokémon isn’t the type of rpg you enjoy.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Djoenz

    @22
    So you qualify it as a rpg as well?
    Maybe Im too stubborn then sigh.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Ireland Michael

    @23 It fits every definition of an RPG.

    You might not consider it a *good* RPG, but it is still an RPG.

    Stubborn is definitely a word I would use to describe you. =P

    #24 1 year ago
  25. OlderGamer

    Yea, I would say Pokémon is an rpg.

    Just a semi basic one compared to some of the other offerings that have come and gone in the market. But I think that basic approach has allowed it to maintain the type of pick up and playabilty that makes a great handheld game. It has charm. Not my cup of tea, but to each their own.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. Djoenz

    @24
    Sorry Michael I have to agree with OlderGamer on this one :P

    #26 1 year ago
  27. TheWulf

    It’s definitely the same game, but it’s one of the few only genuinely interesting iterations of it. Emerald I stuck with thanks to codes which allowed me to do specific EV training with little effort, and boosted the levelling speed. It was a nice game, but it had plenty of flaws. It pandered way, way too much to the grinding crowd.

    The DS versions were awful by comparison, mostly due to the limitations of the machine. They just looked so much worse than Emerald, so I never really got into them. That the sprite resolutions of the 2D characters in the DS versions were lower res than the GBA? That was just insult to injury. Plus, it felt like the DS had a more limited colour palette, so it lacked the prior vibrance.

    At that point, I figured I was done with Pokemon.

    Then X/Y happened. I was intrigued, pleased even, that they’d returned to the prior vibrance of Pokemon games. There was colour everywhere, and I appreciate that. That was enough to catch my interest, but not hold it. Why? There’s no Action Replay for the 3DS, so whilst I thought the aesthetics were rad, I wasn’t 100 per cent sure it was for me. I was excited, but I had my doubts. Was this going to be another Pokemon I’d be buying and then returning to the shop the next day? (Like Black/White?)

    Then the important information started leaking out, like Special Training for the handling of EVs. That was enough to tempt me into a preorder, since if I wouldn’t have to deal with EVs, then maybe the grind wouldn’t be so bad.

    And when I got the game? Well… look at that! The levelling went twice as fast, and three times so once I’d maxed out affection in Amie. What was going on, here? This didn’t feel like the soul-sucking efforts that Nintendo usually puts out! I mean, before, I couldn’t play Pokemon without the use of a cheat device to make it enjoyable, but now?

    So I’d say that X/Y is the first Pokemon game I’ve enjoyed without tinkering with it. It has the vibrance of Emerald, and the levelling speed and ease of EV gain of an Action Replay.

    For me, that makes it the first successful Pokemon.

    This is the first instance where I’d say ‘this is a good Pokemon game,’ without caveats like ‘if you have an Action Replay.’

    So I’m actually glad Nintendo has been iterating. With Emerald, I saw what all the fuss was about, but I lost that connection with the DS games (which, in my opinion, were failures). With X/Y, it’s like Emerald again but it doesn’t need the crutch of an Action Replay.

    If not for the iteration, it would never have gotten here. I think that the end result of X/Y was worth it — in my opinion.

    #27 1 year ago

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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]