One of Nintendo’s biggest strengths is creating legacy software that keeps moving units years after release, rather than updating their games yearly to push sales. In case you’d forgotten whether or not this works, Siliconera has pointed out that Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions, released four years ago, has sold 50,000 units in the last year—and that’s in light of the fact that three new Pokémon games (or six, depending how you want to cut it) have been released since then.

Pokémon Black and White Versions have been selling even better—though they came out in 2011, they’ve sold 160,000 units in the last year.

50,000 units isn’t much compared to their life-to-date sales of 12.77 million units, but it’s still a significant increase given how old HeartGold and SoulSilver have grown.

Source: Siliconera

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