It seems that the launch of Pokémon X & Y can't come soon enough for Japanese 3DS owners, with both versions of the upcoming instalment in the popular franchise reportedly having already sold out ahead of release.

Pokémon X & Y are the first games in the long-running series to feature full 3D gameplay and graphics, and it's likely that this has played a considerable role in boosting pre-order sales.

In related news, Capcom's 3DS exclusive Monster Hunter 4 — which released last month in Japan — is also proving to be very popular with consumers. According to a local report citing Enterbrain, 99.6 percent of all copies of the title shipped thus far have been sold. This means that more than 2.7 million copies of the game have already been sold to date (that's at retail only) — an impressive feat and a sure-fire sign that it has been nothing but a very good time for Nintendo's handheld system lately.

If you've been living under a rock and aren't sure if you should pick up either Pokémon X or Pokémon Y, then make sure you check out our in-depth review. The game will release globally on 12th October.