The latest color-themed dual release in Nintendo's smash Pokemon
franchise has sold 2.63 million copies in its first two days on sale in Japan across its Black
That's more than 2006's highly successful Diamond
versions, which between them sold 1.58 million in their opening weekend, according to a Japanese-language report translated by consumer weblog Kotaku
. IGN also reported
that this makes Black
the fastest titles for the DS platform to reach one million consumer preorders.
saw nearly that figure just in Japanese preorders, which reached 1.5 million units leading up to its September 18 launch date in the region. The game reaches Western shores in Spring 2011.
have sold some 18 million life-to-date units, while the subsequent Heartgold
, which came equipped with a "Pokewalker" pedometer, have combined for over 10 million units.
In Japan, Black
, which represent the fifth generation of Pokemon
games, launched alongside the animated Phantom Ruler: Zoroark
film, which introduced the title's 150 new Pokemon for the first time.
The games also drew press attention recently for being the most visible example yet
of a DSi region-locked title (Japanese releases will not play on DSi hardware from other regions), after numerous Western attendees visited Japan for the Tokyo Game Show and attempted to purchase copies of the game to bring home in advance of its Western launch.