Pokémon Hits 533,000 Pre-Orders Right Before Launch

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl versions will be shipping next week and over 500,000 units have been pre-ordered.

With four days left, Diamond and Pearl have doubled the pre-sale numbers of FireRed and LeafGreen with total of 533,000 pre-orders. A world wide hit since 1998, Nintendo believes fans should brace themselves for the next wave of Poké-mania and expects that the latest Pokémon games will be among the top-selling games for 2007.

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl ship April 22 in the US.