Pokemon Helps Keep The DS (Way) On Top In Japan

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Another week of outstanding sales for Pokemon Black & White, another week of total Nintendo DS dominance in Japan.

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More than half of every console sold in Japan this past week, according to sales tracker Media Create, could play Nintendo DS games. The most popular version of Nintendo's still wildly successful platform was the DSi, as the Pokemon market probably isn't XL enough to require the DSi XL. PSP sales were still strong, thanks in part to Sega's latest Yakuza game, the first for the PlayStation Portable.

For the bestselling hardware in Japan for the week of September 20 to 26, read on.

  • Nintendo DSi - 49,411
  • PSP - 37,576
  • Nintendo DSi LL - 32,777
  • PlayStation 3 - 20,694
  • Wii - 16,908
  • Nintendo DS Lite - 7,011
  • Xbox 360 - 2,599
  • PlayStation 2 - 1,514
  • PSP go - 900

DISCUSSION

God damn it, Pokemon. I'm sorry, but it just seems so weird that people lap it up with such fervor when it hasn't really evolved in a meaningful manner (I know, I know, three-Pokemon battles and whatnot, spare me) since it was released on the original Game Boy. Maybe I'm just bitter because they've never done a real, full Pokemon game on a console, or maybe I'm just tired of the formula. I don't know.

But I think we legitimately have another Dragon Quest "ever-green, never-evolving" franchise on our hands.