‘Pokemon’ remains hot videogame

Pair of Nintendo DS games top U.S. charts

“Pokemon” fever seems to have abated in the U.S. about five years ago. But it’s still generating lots of heat in the vidgame realm.

While American kids’ obsession with the Japanese trading-card and cartoon creatures largely faded — the last “Pokemon” movie to get a U.S. theatrical release, 2003’s “Pokemon Heroes,” grossed less than $1 million — “Pokemon” remains a hot videogame property.

In the first half of the year, Nintendo’s “Pokemon Diamond” for the DS was actually the best-selling game in the U.S., moving 1.67 million units. The No. 3 game? “Pokemon Pearl,” also from Nintendo for the DS, sold almost 1.2 million units.

That’s nothing, however, compared with Japan, where the “Diamond/Pearl” duo has sold 5 million-plus units.

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