Amazon Japan Sells Out Pokémon X and Y 3DS Bundles in Nine Hours

on August 11, 2013 9:53 AM

Japanese gamers love Pokémon, this is not a mystery, but how fast can a Pokémon 3DS bundle sell out at a big retailer like Amazon Japan? Very, very fast.

Yesterday the embargo for preorders of Pokémon X and Y was lifted, and Japanese gamers almost literally rushed the barricades, as communicated by Amazon itself via Twitter.

What the tweet says is pretty simple: the retailer had an allowance of about 100,000 units (it’s not specified if the number refers only to the bundles or to the whole stock). The embargo on preorders was lifted at 10 in the morning. One hour later (11 AM), the Pokemon Center (PokeSen) bundle with a limited edition golden 3DS was sold out. At 19:00 (7 PM) the standard 3DS bundle was sold out as well. At the moment they only have the game by itself in stock.

That’s what you call “flying off the shelves” even if in this case the shelves are entirely virtual.


 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.