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Pokemon Black & White Causes DS Sales Spike

System sales double as new Pokemon game takes over the charts.

 
The interior of a McDonalds in Odaiba. Pokemon Co. teamed up with McDonalds to promote Black & White.

Enterbrain already provided a hint at the record start for Pokemon Black & White. Now Media Create has shown what having one of the best first week sales total in history will do for your system.

DS sales were up sharply last week. DSi sold three times as many units as the week prior. DSi LL was up by 1.5 times, and even DS Lite saw a boost.

While DS is usually the top platform when you add up all its SKUs, this week DSi and DSi LL took the top one and two spots on their own, besting the mighty PSP and all the consoles, all of which saw slight drops.

Here's the full Media Create hardware chart for 9/13 to 9/19, as passed along by 4gamer. Last week's totals are in parentheses.

  • 1. DSi: 47,379 (16,345)
  • 2. DSi LL: 31,254 (19,076)
  • 3. PSP: 29,866 (30,761)
  • 4. PS3: 21,096 (19,907)
  • 5. Wii: 14,833 (15,031)
  • 6. DS Lite: 7,137 (4,328)
  • 7. X360: 5,804 (2,915)
  • 8. PS2: 1,390 (1,363)
  • 9. PSP go: 863 (809)

4gamer also passed along Media Create's software chart, in case you were interested in seeing just how much Black & White dominated. In the chart, life to date sales are in parentheses.

  • 1. Pokemon Black & White (Pokemon, DS): 2,557,779
  • 2. Front Mission Evolved (Square Enix, PS3): 51,084
  • 3. Yu-Gi-Oh 5Ds Tag Force 5 (Konami, PSP): 45,879
  • 4. Halo: Reach (Microsoft, X360): 44,413
  • 5. Wii Party (Nintendo, Wii): 36,547 (997,025)
  • 6. Monhan Diary Poka Poka Felyne Village (Capcom, PSP): 28,627 (428,677)
  • 7. One Piece Gigant Battle! (Namco Bandai, NDS): 28,123 (159,977)
  • 8. Blue Roses (Nippon Ichi, PSP): 9,846
  • 9. Taiko Drum Master DS (Namco Bandai, DS): 8,729 (215,513)
  • 10. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo, Wii): 8,178 (825,541)

Of these, Pokemon, Front Mission, Yu-Gi-Oh and Halo were new releases.

Also new this week: the Xbox 360 version of Front Mission Evolved debuted in 12 with 7,792 units, and PSP's Trick x Logic Season 2 debuted in 14 with 7,250 units.

Keep up with all your weekly game sales at the andriasang.com rankings page, updated every Thursday evening.

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