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Pokémon Company Was June's Top Publisher in Japan

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

We'll give you one guess why

While game and hardware sales information can be limited or tough to get hold of for Europe and North America, we can always rely on Japan to bare all and reveal the movers and shakers in the country. One monthly chart that normally sees Nintendo nestling in top spot has had a bit of a shake-up today, though the news is still good for the big N.

Enterbrain, as reported by Andriasang, has released the figures that show which publishers enjoyed the biggest revenue share in June (or 28th May to 24th June, to be precise), and Pokémon Company was the unsurprising number one. Its massive 34.5% piece of the pie was due to the success of Pokémon Black and White 2, which sold 1.6 million copies in its first weekend and has easily surpassed two million overall sales since. In second place was Square Enix, with many of its sales attributable to Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D on 3DS, while Nintendo came in third place despite publishing no new games in the period.

Nintendo may not have topped the chart this time around, but the results still bring good news for the company in its homeland.

[via andriasang.com]

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User Comments (19)

TimeGuy

#2

TimeGuy said:

Uh, the article title is incorrect. The Pokemon Company is the publisher as stated in the body of the article.

Late

#4

Late said:

"Its massive 34.5% piece of the pie was due to the success of Pokémon Black and White, which sold 1.6 million copies in its first weekend"

Isn't that supposed to be Black 2 and White 2?

Onett

#8

Onett said:

@ThomasBW84 I wasn't expecting this instalment to do this well. I guess Pokemon will always succeed no matter what they do. Thanks for the news :)

Marakuto

#9

Marakuto said:

Its a top dog! Even this years World Championship 2012 winners can be faced in this game.

CosmoXY

#10

CosmoXY said:

Pokémon makes tons of money. In other news, the Pope is Catholic and water is wet.

Seriously though, good for Pokémon. Now how long is the wait going to be for a proper 3DS entry?

torotoid64

#12

torotoid64 said:

I REALLY do not think pokemon would take that fast to release gen 6 I think after ruby and sapphire remakes they will get to work on gen 6 and I don't see ruby and sapphire remakes even appearing this year minimum middle or end of 2013 :3 so ill give gen 6 a 3 yr wait maybe

CosmoXY

#13

CosmoXY said:

@siconlolz I REALLY do not think Pokémon Co. and Nintendo want to keep 3DS owners waiting that long for a true pokémon experience on their new handheld. I believe they'll skip R/S remakes this gen and move right on to producing a game for 3DS. If they do R/S, it could follow that. My guess is that before the first Black and White titles were even released they had already begun work on a 3DS exclusive set of games.

DarkKirby

#14

DarkKirby said:

Actually, with the Pokedex 3D with every single Pokemon in it in Japan, it means they have already made 3D models of every single Pokemon for the 3DS. The hardest part is already done.

sinalefa

#16

sinalefa said:

Pokémoney Black and White 2 released, they get to number 1, and this is just the first Pokémonth.

Recently this monster fever got me to return to my unfinished HeartGold file. Finally beat Clair, got Ho-oh and crossed the border to Kanto. Hopefully I can beat it before this one arrives here.

Hokori

#17

Hokori said:

I'm planning on restarting my pearl and HG but I don't wanna lose my legends

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