March 8, 2011 at 5:34 PM ET
The Pokémon gaming empire may be in its 15th year, but apparently time can't slow down the famed pocket monsters.
The two latest Pokémon games went on sale in the U.S. on Sunday and promptly sold 1.08 million units in one day's time, Nintendo announced.
That makes "Pokémon Black Version" and "Pokémon White Version" the fastest-selling Pokémon video games of all time. They broke the record previously set by "Pokémon Diamond Version" and "Pearl Version" which sold 780,000 copies in one day when they launched in April of 2007.
During an interview with Junichi Masuda, the co-founder of Game Freak, he told me that the company had crafted these latest titles with an eye toward appealing to new players as well as drawing back in older players who might not have played the games for a while.
"Black Version" and "White Version" feature a more in-depth story — one with an unusual theme — as well as 156 new Pokémon creatures to capture, train and fight.
"One of our goals was to make the games really accessible to new players but also very interesting for players who played the past games," Masuda said, through an interpreter.
Game Freak, which launched the first Pokémon game in 1996, certainly seems to be succeeding. This cartoon seems to summarize many Pokémon players' feelings this week. Meanwhile, the games have broken sales records in Japan and are sitting in the No. 1 and No. 2 spot at the top of the charts in the UK.
And if you're feeling like stoking the fires of this week's Pokémon fever, check out the song created by rock band Presidents of the United States of America (the folks behind the hits "Lump" and "Peaches"). In their latest tune, made for the "Black & White" launch, they describe the new Pokémon you'll find in the game.
And that's a whole lot of Pokémon to sing about:
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