Japan Goes Bananas For Pokémon: Black And White

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On September 18, Pokémon: Black and White went on sale in Japan. It probably did pretty good, right? No, no it didn't. It did amazing.

In its first two days on sale in Japan, Black and White sold 2.63 million copies. By comparison, 2006's Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl sold 1.58 million in its first week on sale in Japan. Even before the game went on sale, it had racked up over 1.5 million pre-orders.


Black and White is the fifth generation Pokémon game and is bringing over 150 new Pocket Monsters to the franchise.

It will be released in the West next year.

ポケットモンスター:最新作「ブラック・ホワイト」が2日間で263万本突破 [MANTANWEB] [Pic]

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I'd do a "what a twist" joke, but this is just so UNSURPRISING that it crosses all the way back over and becomes surprising again.

Japan's tolerance for re-iteration rivals, and in many ways exceeds that of the West.