Dragon Quest IX Getting Ultimate Budget Reprint

By Spencer . January 12, 2010 . 12:03am

imageLess than a year after its original release, Dragon Quest IX will be reprinted and sold at a reduced price when it joins Square Enix’s Ultimate Hits collection.


Ultimate Hits versions of Dragon Quest IX, Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride, Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen and Final Fantasy IV with a gray stripe on the box art are scheduled for March 4. At launch, Dragon Quest IX retailed for 5980 yen ($65). The Ultimate Hits version is only 2,940 yen ($32).


Square Enix already shipped over four million copies of Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies in Japan. I wonder how many more copies the Ultimate Hits re-release will be able to move.

  • MadMirko

    Good moves on their part all around. DQIX has sold better and longer than any DQ before, because they understand how the market (especially for RPGs) works: Many people buy day 1, complete the game and sell it. Late comers buy those used copies cheaper, instead for full price: No / few additional sales.

    SE provides downloadable content for free for a year, so more people keep their copy after completing the main quest: Fewer used copies. Close to the end of that year they offer a budget version: Less reason to buy used.

    Good strategy, that.

  • BarnabyJones4evar

    I think they could make a mint starting it at $20 in the US too…it’s gotten good publicity so far through the blogs and what have you.

  • Hraesvelgr

    Okay. Now release the game in North America, please.

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