The Nintendo DS role-playing game Pokemon Platinum
has sold over 5.66 million units worldwide since its September 2008 debut in Japan, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company said Friday.
The impressive amount is still just a drop in the bucket as far as total worldwide Pokemon
franchise videogame sales, which stand at 193 million units, according to Nintendo. Pokemon Platinum
, a remake of 2007's Pokemon Diamond
, released in the US, Europe, and Australia in the first half of 2009.
Nintendo also announced Friday that it would be bringing Pokemon HeartGold
and Pokemon SoulSilver
to the US and Europe in spring 2010 for the DS.
The games are remakes of the original Pokemon Gold
games that released on Game Boy Color nearly a decade ago. Nintendo will update the games to utilize the DS' sound, graphics, and touch screen capabilities.
Nintendo announced dates for the refreshed version of these earlier Pokemon
games today at the 2009 Pokemon World Championships in San Diego.
originally debuted 13 years ago. Nintendo said the franchise has shown 374 percent sales growth since 2005, proving that the series is still commercially viable to this day.