Pokemon X and Y is selling like crazy. Can I just leave it at that? No? Okay, well, let’s give some more details. Nintendo has released the sales figures for the 3DS incarnations of what is probably its most popular RPG series and they’re huge. Between two days, October 12-13, 2013, over 4 million copies of the game were sold worldwide. That’s pretty awesome for a 3DS game.
Which means Pokémon X and Y are on the right track to being the most popular Pokemon installments ever. To compare, the most recent Pokemon release that’s sold the fewest copies is Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen, which sold only about 12 million units worldwide. Also, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl have sold over 17 million copies worldwide and were the best selling installments prior to Pokemon X and Y. I say prior to, because I’m confident X and Y will outsell it. Both Jeremy Hill and I are playing and frankly, it’s the most fun I’ve ever had with an installment of Pokemon.
Still, these kinds of comparisons probably get you wondering how Pokemon X and Y did compared to other games. I mean, hearing 4 million copies were sold in two days is pretty impressive, but what’s the competition like. Well, Grand Theft Auto V sold over 11 million copies on launch day. However, Take-Two reported back on July 31, 2013, that BioShock Infinite sold over 4 million copies since its March 26, 2013 launch. Call of Duty: Black Ops sold over 5.6 million copies in North America and Europe on November 9, 2013. Back in July, 2013, Sony was also reporting that The Last of Us sold over 3.4 million copies worldwide.
So, Pokemon X and Y is selling better than BioShock Infinite and The Last of Us in less than a week, than those two have in months. It came close to meeting Call of Duty: Black Ops‘ launch day sale figures, but couldn’t topple that FPS. And, of course, nothing’s coming close to GTA V‘s launch numbers. Still, it’s good to see that a plucky 3DS game can keep up with the big boys.