NEW POKEMON VIDEO GAMES SHATTER U.S. SALES RECORDS|
Pokemon Black Version and Pokemon White Version Combine to Sell More Than 1 Million in a Single Day
REDMOND, Wash., March 8, 2011 – Two new Pokemon™ video games went on sale on March 6 and promptly shattered all previous U.S. Pokemon sales records. The Pokemon Black Version and Pokemon White Version games for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems became the fastest-selling Pokemon video games of all time, selling more than 1.08 million units after just one day of availability. That surpasses the previous one-day sales record of more than 780,000 set by the Pokemon Diamond Version and Pokemon Pearl Version games in April 2007.
"Longtime Pokemon fans are attracted to the new Pokemon, new battle systems and a new region to explore, while newcomers enjoy the ability to jump in and have fun right away," said Charlie Scibetta, Nintendo of America's senior director of Corporate Communications. "These sales numbers illustrate the continued strength of the Nintendo DS family of systems. Already established as the nation's best-selling video game platform of all time, the installed base of more than 47 million makes it the ideal hand-held for developers to reach a huge gaming-focused target audience."
Pokemon Black Version and Pokemon White Version feature more than 150 new Pokemon for players to catch, train and battle. The never-before-seen Unova region gives players a whole new world to explore. For the first time in the series, in-game environments change with the four seasons. The games also introduce Triple Battles and Rotation Battles, which give players even more choices when battling.
For more information about Pokemon Black Version and Pokemon White Version, visit http://www.pokemonblackwhite.com.
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