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Pokémon Back on Top

Pokémon X and Y have collectively sold over four million copies in just 48 hours to establish themselves as the best selling pair in the illustrious pocket monster franchise.

“The early response to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y not only reaffirms the ongoing passion of Pokémon fans, but also indicates that an entirely new generation of gamers is eager to experience the franchise for itself,” says Nintendo President Satoru Iwata.

The two games mark the first generation to launch on the same day, despite only being available in Japan, Europe and North America.

"Since this was the first global launch in franchise history, there isn't an exact historical precedent for comparison," says Nintendo.

"However, when combining and comparing regional data for previous launches, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y would be the fastest-selling Nintendo 3DS games of all time and are tracking ahead of the last Pokémon RPG titles, Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, by more than 70 percent."

The best-selling core pair so far are 2007's Pearl and Diamond, which have shifted 17.63 million copies between them.

Pokémon Diamond & Pearl - 17.63 million copies
Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire - 16.22 million copies
Pokémon Black & White - 15.42 million copies
Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver - 12.67 million copies
Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen - 12 million copies

Overall Nintendo has sold 245 million Pokémon games worldwide - close to the actual number of Pokémon that players must catch and train?

Pokémon X and Y are the first instalments in the sixth generation of the main series of Pokémon games, and the first in the handheld main series of games to be completely rendered in polygonal 3D graphics.