Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver Sell 8.4 Million

Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver Sell 8.4 Million

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In a completely shocking turn of events, the Nintendo DS remakes of classic catch-em-all titles Pokemon Gold & Silver have sold astoundingly well.

In closing off its fiscal year 2009 (ending March 31), Nintendo announced Wii Party, its latest license to print money, and also discussed which of its titles had sold more than a million units in the past year.

Unsurprisingly, one (er, two) of the titles in question were the latest Pokemon games, HeartGold & SoulSilver. Nintendo revealed that the excellent remakes of the beloved Gold & Silver had sold an extremely impressive 8.4 million copies since their Japanese launch in September '09.

What may be more impressive than the total number of units sold is just how quickly the game has sold. Pokemon HGSS may have sold 3.84 million copies in Japan since September, but it sold 4.62 million copies outside of Japan - a number that is all the more astounding when you realize that there were only a few weeks at best between the North American and European launches (March 17 and March 26, respectively) and the close of Nintendo's fiscal year at the end of the month.

Even during the meager GameCube years, where Nintendo found itself in third place worldwide, Pokemon was one of the company's cash-cow franchises keeping Shigeru Miyamoto swimming in dough. Now, with the success of the Wii, Nintendo also has quite a few pillars other than Pokemon keeping its bank accounts full. The company named some of its other million-plus sellers during 2009:

On the DS front, you have the Japan-only Tomodachi Collection which sold 3.2 million copies, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box which sold 2.43 million copies outside of Japan (hooray!), and Style Savvy, a game that you've probably never heard of but that somehow managed to sell 1.21 million copies in North America and Europe. Naturally, Mario Kart DS and New Super Mario Bros. sold over three million apiece.

On the Wii, Nintendo's major titles - Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus and New Super Mario Bros. Wii - all sold more than 10 million copies in North America and Europe, with respective worldwide totals of 16.14 million, 12.65 million, and 14.7 million copies sold. All three of those, however, are outshone by Wii Sports, which now has a staggering estimated 63.46 million copies in circulation.

Other Nintendo games to sell well include Super Smash Bros. Brawl (at 9.48 million copies sold in total), The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (2.61 million), and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (3.09 million).

Oh please, like you're surprised.

(Via Joystiq)

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Not surprising...these are remakes of, arguably, the best games of the series. I have 3 copies personally; unopened US Silver, JP Silver and, US Gold. The surprising thing though, is that I am not a virgin. I'm just a freakin' dork...now to check serebii to see if the new starters have been revealed yet

Goes to show when it comes to pokemon, people love it, and, we are so willing to show it now.

lol, Wearing my pokewalker as I type!

Great sales for the Gold/Silver remakes.

Actually have they outsold their original games? I remember Silver holding a world record for most sold handheld game.

Replaying one of the best games ever, um yeah must buy for all!

I know how they sold that many copies.

*ring ring*
"Yeah, this is Joey, you know my Ratatta? Its the best Ratatta, its like in the top percentage of Ratatta, its better than all Ratatta! If you want me to stop bugging you, buy Heartgold/Soulsilver!"
*click*

This call repeats every 3 minutes.

Wow, i had no idea that 2 beautiful Feature packed remakes of two excellent games in a fun series would sell so well!

am i doing surprised right?

Irridium:
I know how they sold that many copies.

*ring ring*
"Yeah, this is Joey, you know my Ratatta? Its the best Ratatta, its like in the top percentage of Ratatta, its better than all Ratatta! If you want me to stop bugging you, buy Heartgold/Soulsilver!"
*click*

This call repeats every 3 minutes.

That's why I didn't add Joey to my phone list. Sure, I'll lose out on the opportunity to battle him again, but it's worth it.

Irridium:
I know how they sold that many copies.

*ring ring*
"Yeah, this is Joey, you know my Ratatta? Its the best Ratatta, its like in the top percentage of Ratatta, its better than all Ratatta! If you want me to stop bugging you, buy Heartgold/Soulsilver!"
*click*

This call repeats every 3 minutes.

*ring ring*

Yo man!
Its joey!
Me and my Ratatta have been training a lot!
Its gotten a lot stronger, its like in the top 10 percent of Ratattas!
TOP 10 PERCENT.
We should battle again soon!
Later!
*Click*

Just think, there are 8.4 million people out there who want to beat Joey to death with his own Ratatta.

I don't believe the Wii Sports thing AT ALL.

The game is shipped with the Wii, that does not count.

Other than that, I'm not surprised. I mean, not only is Generation 2 one of the most loved generations, therefore ensuring that a lot of people who loved them would buy it, but it has been hyped up the ass.

Everyone says "They're remaking the best Pokemon games ever!"

And of course everyone then buys them.

Still, they are both brilliant, so I'm not complaining.

Irridium:
I know how they sold that many copies.

*ring ring*
"Yeah, this is Joey, you know my Ratatta? Its the best Ratatta, its like in the top percentage of Ratatta, its better than all Ratatta! If you want me to stop bugging you, buy Heartgold/Soulsilver!"
*click*

This call repeats every 3 minutes.

Fun fact: People who've used cheat devices to hack the game have found out that Joey's Rattata has near-perfect IVs and nature.

So it is, in fact, in the top percentage of Rattata.

Gigaguy64:

Irridium:
I know how they sold that many copies.

*ring ring*
"Yeah, this is Joey, you know my Ratatta? Its the best Ratatta, its like in the top percentage of Ratatta, its better than all Ratatta! If you want me to stop bugging you, buy Heartgold/Soulsilver!"
*click*

This call repeats every 3 minutes.

*ring ring*

Yo man!
Its joey!
Me and my Ratatta have been training a lot!
Its gotten a lot stronger, its like in the top 10 percent of Ratattas!
TOP 10 PERCENT.
We should battle again soon!
Later!
*Click*

John Funk:

Irridium:
I know how they sold that many copies.

*ring ring*
"Yeah, this is Joey, you know my Ratatta? Its the best Ratatta, its like in the top percentage of Ratatta, its better than all Ratatta! If you want me to stop bugging you, buy Heartgold/Soulsilver!"
*click*

This call repeats every 3 minutes.

Fun fact: People who've used cheat devices to hack the game have found out that Joey's Rattata has near-perfect IVs and nature.

So it is, in fact, in the top percentage of Rattata.

Really? Huh, you learn something new every day. But still, a Rattata is still a Rattata, and goes down just as easily from my Typhlosion's flamethrower.

8.4 million and one as soon as my exams are finished.
21 days and 19 hours to go...

John Funk:

Irridium:
I know how they sold that many copies.

*ring ring*
"Yeah, this is Joey, you know my Ratatta? Its the best Ratatta, its like in the top percentage of Ratatta, its better than all Ratatta! If you want me to stop bugging you, buy Heartgold/Soulsilver!"
*click*

This call repeats every 3 minutes.

Fun fact: People who've used cheat devices to hack the game have found out that Joey's Rattata has near-perfect IVs and nature.

So it is, in fact, in the top percentage of Rattata.

AHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

That's awesome.

I freaking hate how companies use stats from games sold with systems as "game sales" Cyan did it with Myst when it came with every copy of Windows 95 back in the day. Nintendo did it with Tetris.
This isn't to say that they're not good games, but 64 million copies sold might as well match their console sales as well because they didn't sell much of Wii Sports outside of it's console bundle. And it's not a very completed game to begin with, much like Link's Crossbow training for the "Zapper" bundle.
*Shakes Head* I friggin hate marketing...

Isn't Wii Sports BUNDLED with the Wii? (rolling eyes)

I'm surprised this hasn't been posted yet..
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Aaah, never gets old.

I swear to God, when do these ignorant fanboys see that the only reason Nintendo exists because of their passionate rage and buying milked out IP's over and over again and keep claiming it's innovative. Seriously, they are supposed to be a threat to the global world as a rising Skynet? Get the hell out of here.

John Funk:

Irridium:
I know how they sold that many copies.

*ring ring*
"Yeah, this is Joey, you know my Ratatta? Its the best Ratatta, its like in the top percentage of Ratatta, its better than all Ratatta! If you want me to stop bugging you, buy Heartgold/Soulsilver!"
*click*

This call repeats every 3 minutes.

Fun fact: People who've used cheat devices to hack the game have found out that Joey's Rattata has near-perfect IVs and nature.

So it is, in fact, in the top percentage of Rattata.

That's an absolutely awesome fun fact, thank you.

s_glasgow99:
I freaking hate how companies use stats from games sold with systems as "game sales" Cyan did it with Myst when it came with every copy of Windows 95 back in the day. Nintendo did it with Tetris.
This isn't to say that they're not good games, but 64 million copies sold might as well match their console sales as well because they didn't sell much of Wii Sports outside of it's console bundle. And it's not a very completed game to begin with, much like Link's Crossbow training for the "Zapper" bundle.
*Shakes Head* I friggin hate marketing...

Not everybody who got a Game Boy got Tetris with it, I sure didn't. I had to get it separate.

At least if I'm remembering right, it was 17 years ago. Not saying I disagree with what you're saying, though I will say that Wii Sports still counts as a full game for all intents and purposes. It's just a game that happens to do something that barely anybody does anymore which is have a local multiplayer experience and thus doesn't need to be 30 hours long.

Straying Bullet:
I swear to God, when do these ignorant fanboys see that the only reason Nintendo exists because of their passionate rage and buying milked out IP's over and over again and keep claiming it's innovative. Seriously, they are supposed to be a threat to the global world as a rising Skynet? Get the hell out of here.

Innovative? No, not really.

Good? Absolutely.

Good? Heh, I agree, SOME are. But I still find their business practice successful but just despicable.

What does my moaning about it do? Nothing, I might as well smack the wall with my fist. Bon Voyage!

ciortas1:
I'm surprised this hasn't been posted yet..
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Aaah, never gets old.

That picture is outdated. The DS now creates pure gold out of thin air.

And to think that I have a project on Nintendo for my English class next week. XD

And is it just me or does that box look suprisingly thick? o_O

Straying Bullet:
Good? Heh, I agree, SOME are. But I still find their business practice successful but just despicable.

So then you find all gaming business practices despicable?

Mr. Win:

Straying Bullet:
Good? Heh, I agree, SOME are. But I still find their business practice successful but just despicable.

So then you find all gaming business practices despicable?

With "their" I meant Nintendo, I seriously have to see them dare new grounds, I mean literally new grounds. All I've seen is Mario here, Pokemanz there and the rest of the bullshit.

Seriously. What is this? And I am entitled to my opinion, I just find them stuck in their old IP's for too long.

Wonder how Nintendo will feel when all the old biddies who bought the Wii don't buy a Wii 2. How successful was Coleco with the Cabbage Patch Doll 2?

Straying Bullet:

Mr. Win:

Straying Bullet:
Good? Heh, I agree, SOME are. But I still find their business practice successful but just despicable.

So then you find all gaming business practices despicable?

With "their" I meant Nintendo, I seriously have to see them dare new grounds, I mean literally new grounds. All I've seen is Mario here, Pokemanz there and the rest of the bullshit.

Seriously. What is this? And I am entitled to my opinion, I just find them stuck in their old IP's for too long.

Can you really blame them after looking at these sales?

And as a proud HG owner, I'm incredibly pleased by how good this game is. It's retreading of an old IP, but it's also just an astoundingly fun game to play.

ArmorArmadillo:

Straying Bullet:

Mr. Win:

Straying Bullet:
Good? Heh, I agree, SOME are. But I still find their business practice successful but just despicable.

So then you find all gaming business practices despicable?

With "their" I meant Nintendo, I seriously have to see them dare new grounds, I mean literally new grounds. All I've seen is Mario here, Pokemanz there and the rest of the bullshit.

Seriously. What is this? And I am entitled to my opinion, I just find them stuck in their old IP's for too long.

Can you really blame them after looking at these sales?

And as a proud HG owner, I'm incredibly pleased by how god this game is. It's retreading of an old IP, but it's also just an astoundingly fun game to play.

They put out good games, that sell well, and have a wide base of appeal. What's wrong with that?

I suppose if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Soul Silver is officially the second game I have got on release day. (Though, it was kinda one day before, Royal Mail got a bit over-zealous it seems.)

Nintendo are masters of producing good games out of existing IPs though.

almostgold:

ArmorArmadillo:

Straying Bullet:

Mr. Win:

Straying Bullet:
Good? Heh, I agree, SOME are. But I still find their business practice successful but just despicable.

So then you find all gaming business practices despicable?

With "their" I meant Nintendo, I seriously have to see them dare new grounds, I mean literally new grounds. All I've seen is Mario here, Pokemanz there and the rest of the bullshit.

Seriously. What is this? And I am entitled to my opinion, I just find them stuck in their old IP's for too long.

Can you really blame them after looking at these sales?

And as a proud HG owner, I'm incredibly pleased by how god this game is. It's retreading of an old IP, but it's also just an astoundingly fun game to play.

They put out good games, that sell well, and have a wide base of appeal. What's wrong with that?

What I meant is that it's generally quite rare to see a massively successful developer focus constantly on new IPs... Yeah Nintendo hasn't put out a single new one that hasn't been related to WII MII OHO OHO crap this gen, but it's also put out Super Mario Galaxy, Super Paper Mario, and Brawl, three of my favorite games this gen.

 

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