Square Enix released Dragon Quest IX on the Nintendo DS in Japan last week to long lines, over 2 million in sales, and virtually no competition. Want to see how impressively the portable role-playing game outsold its competition?
Dragon Quest IX's 2.3 million in sales over the course of three days outsold its nearest competitor, Wii Sports Resort, by a factor of roughly 23:1. Sure, Wii Sports Resort is still selling at a healthy rate, another 100,000-plus this week, but it's no Dragon Quest.
Square Enix's decision to move the series away from the PlayStation family and toward the DS was clearly a wise financial move. By next week, we won't be surprised if Dragon Quest IX sales outnumber the PlayStation 3 install based in Japan. Wonder how it would've helped Sony's platform find a larger audience...
Anyway. Like I said, there was really no competition. DQ IX is the only new title to make an appearance on this week's Japanese software chart.
01. Dragon Quest IX (DS) - 2,319,000 / NEW 02. Wii Sports Resort (Wii) - 103,000 / 617,000 03. Tomodatchi Collection (DS) - 57,000 / 294,000 04. Boku no Natsuyasumi 4: Seitouchi Shounen Tanteidan, Boku to Himitsu no Chizu (PSP) - 24,000 / 73,000 05. Miku Hatsune Project Diva (PSP) - 14,000 / 116,000 06. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (the Best) (PSP) - 13,000 / 789,000 07. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (DS) - 9,000 / 501,000 08. Wii Fit (Wii) - 8,000 / 2,472,000 09. Pokémon Platinum (DS) - 8,000 / 2,472,000 10. Sloane to MacHale: Nazo no Monogatari (DS) - 7,000 / 176,000
11. Ken to Mahou to Gakuen Mono 2 (PSP) 12. Rorona no Atelier: Arland no Renkinjutsushi (PS3) 13. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) 14. Gyakuten Kenji (DS) 15. Infinite Space (DS) 16. Taiko no Tatsujin Wii (Wii) 17. Mario & Luigi RPG3!!! (DS) 18. BlazBlue (PS3) 19. Valhalla Knights 2: Battle Stance (PSP) 20. Pokémon Fushigi no Dungeon: Sora no Tankenta (DS) 21. EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis (Wii) 22. New Super Mario Bros. (DS) 23. Rhythm Heaven (DS) 24. Tago Akira no Atama no Taisou Dai-1-Shuu: Nazotoki Sekai Isshuu Ryokou (DS) 25. Evangelion: Jo (PSP) 26. Metal Fight Beyblade (DS) 27. Mario Kart DS (DS) 28. Inazuma Eleven (DS) 29. Shin Sangoku Musou 5 Empires (PS3) 30. Wii de Asobe Pikmin 2 (Wii)