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Pokémon X & Y Pre-Orders Set 3DS Record in Japan

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

MEGA pre-orders still have over a week to evolve

Pokémon X & Y are now just a little over a week away, meaning that soon the hype will end and millions of dedicated fans around the world will be able to dive into a new generation on 3DS. The titles look set to bring some fresh ideas to the franchise, a new land to explore and plenty of 'mon to discover and catch.

It seems that excitement for the games is definitely doing the trick, with Famitsu reporting that they've hit 1.26 million pre-orders at retailers — that's a record for 3DS software despite the releases still being over a week away. That number has surpassed its DS predecessors, and will surely keep growing ahead of the launch date on 12th October — Pokémon Black and White shifted 1.08 million pre-orders and Black & White 2 1.16 million pre-orders, for comparison and bearing in mind that the X & Y pre-orders are ongoing. While we may not have equivalent figures for Western territories, the buzz around the titles suggest that they're on course for a strong launch.

This dual release can do little wrong at this stage, and looks set to continue the strong run of the 3DS worldwide. Have you put down a pre-order for X or Y, or are you keen enough to have guaranteed your copies of X and Y?

[via destructoid.com, neogaf.com]

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WingedSnagret

#2

WingedSnagret said:

And the final nail in the coffin for the Vita's hopes of beating the 3DS is about to be hammered in.

Sleepingmudkip

#3

Sleepingmudkip said:

MY hype is so big and i have a over night field trip the 21(samme day as sonic a tear fell down my eye) so i can play X and Y on the bus

Icefreak45

#5

Icefreak45 said:

Beyond hyped for this to come out. Just be October 12th already! Froakie will be mine @_@.

ShikabaneHime13

#7

ShikabaneHime13 said:

Both pre-ordered with GameStop but gonna cancel since I've decided to attend the Nintendo World Store release event next Friday. So hyped! I'm gonna attend dressed as Serena

sinalefa

#11

sinalefa said:

I am not preordering, and it's all Nintendo's fault.

After showing so many great evolutions (and mega evolutions) for both X and Y, I need to see the final list of exclusive mons per version to decide which one to pick up. And since this is releasing worldwide, I cannot see Japan's verdict.

It is not like this is gonna sell out anyway. They will be printing new copies for the next 3 months or so.

SDDMN

#12

SDDMN said:

I'm so glad I have Pokemon X paid off completely at Gamestop. Once October 12th rolls around, all I have to do is walk in the store and grab my copy.

rjejr

#14

rjejr said:

I know this is Pokemon so it was going to sell well anyway but Ild really like to see Nintendo try this once w/ a Wii U game. This game had a release announcement in Jan or Feb, a release date around then as well, its shown up in several ND, they have some code hunt on the website, new tv cartoons ready to go. The only thing it surprisingly hasn't had is a demo, but its Pokemon so I dont think it matters. Pikmin 3 got some coverage, but mostly b/c it was covered as a launch title, a spring title, and finally a summer title, so it kind of cheated.
Well I guess SSB is coming, but I need a date before I get hyped.

JaxxRaxor

#16

JaxxRaxor said:

I'm actually more interested in what the pre-order sales will be in North America (particularly my home country the USA) and Europe. We know that Pokemon is going to do well in Japan, it's everywhere there. The Pokemon hype is much less in the west but for the core games at least are still very popular. I suspect that for the first 24 hours, the USA sales will be about equal to the Japanese sales and the European sales a little less when all is said is done.

Pokefanmum82

#18

Pokefanmum82 said:

Got my copies pre-ordered and the money already on my credit card. Plus I have $50 in the eShop account so I can download right away at midnight. My dad is also coming down that weekend to celebrate my daughter and I's birthday (which is the weekend after). Man I can't wait for these games.

WinterWarm

#20

WinterWarm said:

@nintendorocks

So a huge fan mob is running towards you, do you:

A: Stand still and get trampled

B: Apologize for trashing Pokemon and beg for your life

or

C: Hope all their doing is picking up pre-orders?

Tick tock man. >:]

Y will be my first Pokemon! So excited! :)

Senario

#21

Senario said:

@WinterWarm Option D! Apologize for trashing pokemon while getting trampled to death by pokemon fans picking up their preorders! I am doing it right...right?

ToniK

#23

ToniK said:

Last Pokemon I've played was silver :D Not an enthusiast obviously. Maybe I should check this out. Or not.

Buduski

#24

Buduski said:

Pre ordered, Pokemon Y, LOZ a link between worlds and COD ghosts for wii u, just bought W101 (awesome game, a wii u must have) and I'm probably picking up Lost World and Watch dogs... My poor wallet

Late

#26

Late said:

The wait is killing me. I've never been this excited for a video game. I'm trying to stay out of places that may have spoilers regarding Pokémon X and Y. I've seen every Pokémon that have been officially announced but I really want to have some surprises so I decided I'll try to stay away from rumors and pictures of new Pokémon.

I'll choose Chespin as my starter. I hope it's final evolution looks better than Quilladin (it looks bit silly). I was going to start with Fennekin but I don't want multiple fire starters and my sister is going to get it. Froakie just isn't that interesting. There have been so many frogs already.

DarkCoolEdge

#28

DarkCoolEdge said:

The last pokemon I bought was Silver and the last one I tried was Ruby. I have an itch with the new ones but they've gotten too complex. I don't know if I'm willing to expend so much time in just one game.

I'll probably just wait for Zelda, Batman, Layton and Bravely Default while I finish RE: Revelations and sone other games.

KittenKoder

#30

KittenKoder said:

I pre-ordered my copy. It is likely record pre-orders in the US, however, many stores here are trying to boost Sony and Xbox sales, having made the mistake of investing more in those systems and not realizing Nintendo could surpass them, so they are probably not even going to release the actual pre-order numbers just to try to keep things quiet. Pokemon is quite huge in the US, bigger than a lot of people are willing to admit, I run into people all the time while playing the latest Pokemon game who have the game as well.

@Kit you can pre-order download copies too, if you wanted, though at this time it's moot. Gamestop allows you to pay in small amounts on pre-orders, like a lay-away plan, if you want, in case you didn't know and have use of this information.

readypembroke

#31

readypembroke said:

I pre-ordered both X and Y!!!! Selling Y to a classmate for $30 and he is getting 2DS for Y also!!!!

Memeboy3

#32

Memeboy3 said:

@sinalefa What the heck?! Not getting all just because the Final evos are not revealed?, you are acting like a spoiled brat! >.> X and Y are not made by Nintendo it's from Gamefreak, i figure it was to bring more hype, so stop and just get one version, like coin toss to decide....

DarkNinja9

#33

DarkNinja9 said:

seriously just seriously..... this is more then just hype its MADNESS O_O gtaV most anticipated game pshhhh yeah right! this game is one tons will be playing

sinalefa

#34

sinalefa said:

@Memeboy3

I never said in my comment that I would not buy it, I only said I would not preorder it. I always check all available 'mons and based on that I make my decision. The purchase will be made the week it is released, as the hype won't let me wait more!

I know Gamefreak makes the game, but Nintendo is the one that advertises. I remember when they put an embargo for Black/White reviews, so not even the Pokémon names would be shown in the review text!

Yorumi

#36

Yorumi said:

Given that it's also releasing digitally at the same time those pre-order numbers are probably artificially low too.

feelthesarcasm

#39

feelthesarcasm said:

I'm really surprised. I knew Pokemon would sell HUGE but I didn't think it would be pre-order mania for it.

DreamDrop

#40

DreamDrop said:

Gotta finish GTA V before the release or else it'll be collecting dust with my PS3!!!

Erikdayo

#42

Erikdayo said:

@WingedFish The Vita was never going to outsell the 3DS. Sony knows that. Having the most sales is nice, but the Vita is a great portable even as a distant 2nd (last) place in sales. I love my Vita and love my 3DS as well.

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