Pokémon Black and White 2 may be getting played on a lot of 3DS systems at the moment, but we shouldn't forget that it probably represents the last big hurrah for the humble DS. It's a big release for fans of the series that Nintendo no doubt hopes will perform well, and early indications in the UK charts are certainly positive.
In the results posted today, Pokémon Black Version 2 makes its all-format chart début in third place, with Pokémon White Version 2 securing fifth position; apparently combining the two results would still leave the overall title in third. It's a decent start, and the emphasis will be on how successfully these titles maintain momentum and stay in the charts, much like Mario's 3DS adventures continue to do so. The mascot's latest release New Super Mario Bros. 2 is still a respectable 15th, while Super Mario 3D Land is currently in 25th place. For those that prefer alternative activities, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is still surprisingly shifting some copies in 24th, while old favourite Mario Kart 7 is just about in the race in 36th place.
It's positive news for Nintendo, following the recent announcement from Nintendo of America that September's 3DS software sales were up 89% on the same period last year. The company will be hoping for more success, of course, and even DS games sell when they have the right name on the box.