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Dragon Quest IX Sells 2.3 Million in the First Two Days in Japan

by Lukasz Balicki - July 14, 2009, 7:35 am PDT
Total comments: 23 Source: Andriasang

The latest Dragon Quest title is selling at a faster rate when compared to its predecessor.

Media Create reports that 2,318,932 copies of Dragon Quest IX have been sold in Japan for the first two days in the market. When Dragon Quest VIII was released for the PS2 in 2004, it sold 2.23 million copies in the first two days, which shows that the latest Dragon Quest title is already selling at a faster pace.

Media Create also reports that Dragon Quest IX had a sell-through rate of 81% of the initial shipment, which usually indicates that many retailers have sold all their copies of the game. Japanese retailers and analysts expect that Dragon Quest IX will sell five million copies domestically; in comparison, the lifetime sales of Dragon Quest VIII in Japan are 3.68 million.

Talkback

BlackNMild2k1July 14, 2009

Single save cart and multi-player will help this game achieve maximum sales.

vuduJuly 14, 2009

Quote from: BlackNMild2k1

Single save cart will help this game achieve maximum sales.

I hadn't thought of that.  You're an evil genius ....

NinGurl69 *hugglesJuly 15, 2009

BREAKING NEWS, IGN and GameSpot are reporting that Dragon Quest is officially "casual for casuals."

Most of the internet can quickly figure out that any franchise that finds success on Nintendo DS effectively abandons traditional gaming and gamers in general in favor of appealing to much larger audiences.  Now, we've got journalists giving the stamp of approval to that phenomenon to help describe Dragon Quest's newsworthy transformation.

In one part, GameSpot dug deep into DQ's foundation, going straight to Square-Enix's new company line, which reads:

"Square-Enix is dedicated to working with its partners in publishing, media and retail to bring a wide range of original, entertaining and high quality video games to market for all audiences from hardcore gamers to families and casual gamers."

It's apparent 2/3 of The Market consists of "families" and "casual gamers," making them the dominant force that drives the yearly spending dollars this generation.  GameSpot identifies Dragon Quest IX as the unspoken spearhead of Square-Enix's casual direction of modern entertainment.

Last, IGN throws in their thoughts on the new path Square/DQ has taken:

"There is a market for casual gamers. But this is definitely not the direction I would like Dragon Quest to go, because I think it should go in the direction of movies - more creativity, more new ideas, more authors - rather than going in the direction of toys. And from a technical point of view I must admit I'm still slightly skeptical about the future of this once-classic franchise."

Wow.

StogiJuly 15, 2009

It that the most sales ever in that period of time?

vuduJuly 15, 2009

Quote from: Kashogi

It that the most sales ever in that period of time?

Yes.  The previous record holder was Dragon Quest VIII.

DeguelloJeff Shirley, Staff AlumnusJuly 15, 2009

Pro's post is either satire that bites or biting satire.

I think the latter, myself.

StratosJuly 15, 2009

Quote from: Deguello

Pro's post is either satire that bites or biting satire.

I think the latter, myself.

It is Biting Satire That Bites.

What claims do they have that DQ9 has been 'casualized'? I have not even read any impressions yet. Is it touch screen functionality? I think people are just upset that it is not on a "hardcorezorz machine" with Hardly Defining graphics.

broodwarsJuly 15, 2009

Nice, I was worried for a little while there.  After all, after the Japanese have continually failed to buy these glorifed 8-bit RPGs 8 straight times now, it wasn't looking good for this one.

GoldenPhoenixJuly 15, 2009

Quote from: broodwars

Nice, I was worried for a little while there.  After all, after the Japanese have continually failed to buy these glorifed 8-bit RPGs 8 straight times now, it wasn't looking good for this one.

IC what you did.

YmeegodJuly 17, 2009

I loved DQVIII myself and was a bit sadden by the gameplay changes but it did recieve high scores (40/40 and A+) so I'm still going buy it whenever it's ported stateside.

I don't mind the casual aspect neither.  There wasn't much strategy do any of the DQ games I've played they were simple and fun and that what matters.  As for gameplay changes, yeah I love the ole-school turn based gameplay but it could use a updated a bit and not so grind-heavy.

Wonder how long before more DQX news?

BlackNMild2k1July 17, 2009

I wouldn't expect to hear much about DQX again till E3 2010 at the earliest, but more likely Tokyo Game Show 2010

BwrJim!July 17, 2009

so it goes something like this?

Make good game = makes mucho $$$ = Casual audience = sell out????

mac<censored>July 17, 2009

I've never even thought of buying a dragon quest game before, but I must admit, seeing the long list of features this game has made me wanna get it.  It seems like it takes the hoary old JRPG to a new level...

I dunno what's with IGN's whining.  OK, I suppose it's IGN, and whining is what they do.

StratosJuly 28, 2009

What is Sales Bot doing out of his cage in the sales thread? Who left the door open this time?

mac<censored>July 28, 2009

Quote from: Stratos

What is Sales Bot doing out of his cage in the sales thread? Who left the door open this time?

They keep that cute li'l guy in a cage ... ?!  :-[

BlackNMild2k1July 28, 2009

Quote from: mac

Quote from: Stratos

What is Sales Bot doing out of his cage in the sales thread? Who left the door open this time?

They keep that cute li'l guy in a cage ... ?!  :-[

Sales bot is a victim of forced labor? or is the cage for his or our own protection?

CalibanJuly 28, 2009

A man chooses. A slave obeys. A bot?

BlackNMild2k1July 28, 2009

Quote from: Caliban

A man chooses. A slave obeys. A bot?

Does that mean that Sprite suggest that I should be a slave to my thirst!!?

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CalibanJuly 28, 2009

You're a slave if you obey to their message, but you're a man if you choose to drink whether the message is there or not. I suppose.

KDR_11kJuly 28, 2009

Yes yes now obey the Hypnotoad.

CalibanJuly 29, 2009

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StratosJuly 31, 2009

Quote from: Caliban

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Quote from: Caliban

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Quote from: Caliban

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...obey...

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