25-Year-Old Dragon Quest Games Are Big In Japan Right Now

Japan's love affair for all things Dragon Quest is clearly on display this week, as sales of the Dragon Quest Collection -- or if you prefer its Japanese name Famicom & Super Famicom Dragon Quest I, II, III -- crack a quarter million. Not too shabby!

The first three Dragon Quest games for the Famicom and Super Famicom stuffed onto a Wii disc is Japan's bestselling game and the biggest new debut, according to sales tracker Media Create. It was clearly Dragon Quest's week, with fans hungry to revisit the first three games and get a sneak peek at the next entry, Dragon Quest X, with a video preview.

That said, for a cookbook starring Winnie the Pooh, Disney's Kuma no Pooh-San: 100 Acre no Mori no Cooking Book for the Nintendo DS did better than I'd have expected.

Not many new entries this week, as games like Tales of Xillia and the Resident Evil HD collection continue to sell pretty well, with a handful of Wii, DS and 3DS games filling up much of the top then.

Here are Japan's bestsellers for the week of September 12 to 18.

01. Dragon Quest Collection (Wii) - 263,398 / NEW

02. Tales of Xillia (PS3) - 47,297 / 572,902

03. Resident Evil: Survival Collection (PS3) - 17,614 / 111,382

04. Wii Sports Resort with Wii Remote Plus (Wii) - 15,109 / 552,115

05. Rhythm Heaven Wii (Wii) - 14,647 / 452,560

06. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Ver. (PS3) - 13,230 / 374,013

07. Kirby Mass Attack (DS) - 10,888 / 219,156

08. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS) - 10,504 / 380,138

09. Grand Knights History (PSP) - 10,078 / 94,419

10. MonHun Nikki: Poka Poka Ailu Mura G (PSP) - 9,378 / 192,720

11. Hot Shots Golf 5 (PS3)

12. Pokemon Super Scramble (3DS)

13. Gekka Ryouran Romance (PSP)

14. Dunamis 15 (PS3)

15. Super Sentai Battle: Ranger Cross (Wii)

16. Uta no * Prince-Sama: Repeat (PSP)

17. Pokemon Black / White (DS)

18. Resistance 3 (PS3)

19. Call of Duty: Black Ops - Bargain Edition (PS3)

20. Kuma no Pooh-San: 100 Acre no Mori no Cooking Book (DS)

On the hardware side, it's the Nintendo 3DS running away with the biggest slice of the pie, outselling the PlayStation 3, currently Japan's bestselling console platform.

Nintendo 3DS - 58,837

PlayStation 3 - 36,061

PSP - 25,122

Wii - 15,406

Nintendo DSi LL - 2,869

Nintendo DSi - 2,234

PlayStation 2 - 1,317

Xbox 360 - 1,295

Nintendo DS Lite - 78

PSP go - 7


Comments

    3DS is doomed, Nintendo should make games for smartphones, Mario should be a FPS, etc...

      Hahaha I see what you did there. That's how things have been looking in every comment section in a nintendo article. It was getting worse than the operation rainfall stuff.

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