Nintendo just released some numbers on just how well Pokemon Diamond/Pearl have done in the land of the rising sun. Here’s the press release:


Anticipation Builds for U.S. Release in April

Feb. 1, 2007

After more than 10 years as one of the most popular entertainment franchises in the world, Pokémon® video games are once again shattering sales records. Just three months after launching on Sept. 28, Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl shipped a record-breaking 5 million units to retailers in Japan, making them the fastest selling Pokémon games ever. More than 155 million copies of the Pokémon series have been sold around the world through September 2006

With a number of exciting new features, including powerful moves and the exotic “Sinnoh” region setting, Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl offer new and experienced fans thrilling new Pokémon adventures. Fans can get an early start on their Pokémon collection in the games with the introduction of a new character in the series, the mysterious Manaphy. A Water-type Pokémon, Manaphy has the power to swap healing effects with other Pokémon through its “Heart Swap” move.

To harness the power of Manaphy and its “Heart Swap” move, players must first capture the Manaphy egg hidden within Pokémon Ranger by beating the story mode of the game and entering the exclusive “Manaphy Egg Code.” Manaphy can then “hatch” in Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl via a unique transfer.

Announced on Jan. 20, the “Manaphy Egg Code” can be found on the Manaphy Web site at Savvy Pokémon fans should check in often for new information on this mysterious character, as well as fun downloads and game tips. In addition, fans can learn more about Manaphy through its film debut as the star of Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, to be released on DVD in the spring.

Pokémon Ranger is rated E for Everyone and is available at retail stores nationwide. Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl are rated E for Everyone and will debut in the United States on April 22.

Pretty amazing! 5 million that fast! The Pokemon franchise still has a lot of life left in it.

Source: Nintendo