Pokemon selling out...again

by: Sean Colleli -
More On: Pokemon Diamond and Pearl
I may never understand how or why but the Pokemon cartridges are flying off shelves again. Diamond and Pearl, Nintendo's new bling bling flavors of the light RPG, feature wifi support, which is probably the reason for the high sales.  Even if they have to punch in that annoying friend code Pokemon maniacs have never been able to battle each other online, so it's a big deal for this new game.  With more than 5 million copies of Diamond or Pearl sold already, I think the DS's profitability has just been assured for the forseeable future.
 Nintendo News: Pokemon Hotter Than Ever
    One of the video game industry's most celebrated franchises is officially
hotter than ever.  Within just five days of availability, more than 1 million
copies of Pokemon(R) Diamond and Pokemon Pearl for the portable Nintendo
DS(TM) have sold in the United States since Sunday's launch; a faster rate
than any previous Pokemon games since the franchise's U.S. introduction,
almost a decade ago.  To date, more than 155 million copies of Pokemon games
have sold worldwide.
    Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl are poised to become two of the
top-selling games of 2007 in the United States.  More than one half million
people pre-ordered the games before launch.  Additionally, thousands of people
attended the kickoff launch event in New York, and demand for the games
continues to be off the charts.  These latest versions of Pokemon games were
introduced in Japan on Sept. 28, 2006, and have already been purchased by more
than 5 million video gamers there.
    The two games include a number of features that make them particularly
attractive to gamers, including:
    *  More than 100 new Pokemon.
    *  A 3-D look that makes Pokemon jump off the screen.
    *  Worldwide wireless battling and trading using Nintendo(R) Wi-Fi
    *  Voice chat functions that let players talk wirelessly with their
    Later this year, these two titles will also help expand the Pokemon
universe for the first time to Wii(TM), Nintendo's new home video game system. 
Diamond and Pearl owners will be able to use their DS hardware units as
controllers for Pokemon Battle Revolution (launching June 25), the first
Pokemon game available for Wii.  Players also will be able to export
characters to the Wii game.
    For more information about Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl, visit
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