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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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    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]