This Week In Sales: It’s A Dragon Quest Week

By Ishaan . March 14, 2010 . 12:52pm

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The week of March 1st – 7th, Dragon Quest IX made a return to the weekly top-ten chart in the form of an Ultimate Hits budget re-release. Considering the number of people that bought the original release, seeing the game sell another 40,000 units with the assistance of a lower price point is remarkable, and further proves that Square Enix’s implementation of weekly downloadable quests and social interaction helped offset second-hand sales. Last year, producer Ryutaro Ichimura stated that Dragon Quest IX experienced a 50% decrease in used sales, thanks to its online features.

 

Meanwhile, for a long-running series, there seemed to be relatively less interest for what Namco Bandai are calling the last .hack game. As a franchise, .hack has always been reliant on cross-promotion across a variety of media, so perhaps the fact that there is no TV anime pertaining to //Link played a role in its relatively lower sales compared to past games in the series. Of course, this is just speculation on our part. What the future holds for .hack remains to be seen.

 

The top-ten chart for the week of March 1st – 7th is as follows:

 

LW TW Title Tw sales Tot. sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Pokémon Ranger: Tracks of Light 162,532 New Nintendo DS Nintendo
New 02. .hack//Link 60,487 New PSP Namco Bandai
New 03. Dragon Quest IX (Ultimate Hits) 40,797 New Nintendo DS Square Enix
04. 04. New Super Mario Bros. Wii 40,685 3,452,350 Wii Nintendo
02. 05. Kenka Bancho 4: The One Year War 36,515 108,019 PSP Spike
08. 06. Tomodachi Collection 35,208 2,917,199 Nintendo DS Nintendo
New 07. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Tendoku 32,964 New PS3 Koei
05. 09. God Eater 28,945 543,494 PSP Namco Bandai
09. 09. Wii Fit 25,926 1,720,218 Wii Nintendo
04. 10. Resident Evil 5: Alternate Edition 23,537 214,691 PS3 Capcom

 

Unfortunately, as of this post, numbers aren’t available for games outside of the top-ten from our usual source. However, while we’re on the subject of Dragon Quest, the week also saw the release of two other DQ budget re-releases on DS, neither of which performed as admirably as Dragon Quest IX and charted far lower on the list.

 

20. Dragon Quest V (Ultimate Hits)

30. Dragon Quest IV (Ultimate Hits)

 

Other new releases debuting outside of the top-ten were:

 

12. Armored Core: Last Raven Portable (PSP) – From Software

14. Keroro RPG: The Knight Warrior, and Legendary Pirate (DS) – Namco Bandai

25. Bioshock 2 (Xbox 360) – D3 Publisher

34. Bioshock 2 (PS3) – D3 Publisher

 

Meanwhile, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks continues to amaze by clinging onto the chart around the same position each week following its price drop. Star Ocean: The Last Hope International, too, seems to be demonstrating an ability to hold out longer than one would have expected.



  • ahardrevenge

    Lufia ;_;

  • Jaxx-Leviathan

    Damn, Keroro should have been in the top-ten… also disappointed with the .hack sales, I want it to do well and see it in the west soon.

  • http://gameplay.pl/keii Keiician

    From what I’ve heard the .hack//Link anime is in the works.

  • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

    YEAHh!! .HACK GAMES PWNZ YOU ALL!!

  • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

    It feels like a long while since the last I’ve seen a .hack game. I didn’t get into G.U., though.

  • Hraesvelgr

    Hey, 25th place is pretty good for the type of game BioShock is. Or did the first one do better than that in Japan? I have no idea, really. I liked the game, personally, though it wasn’t quite as good as the first. First one was like “HOLY CRAP THIS GAME IS AWESOME”, second game was just “hey, this game is pretty cool”.

    Also, I’m really hoping that new Nobunaga’s Ambition will be released in North America. The games are fairly easy to play in Japanese, but I can’t read everything with my mediocre Japanese skills.

  • Aoshi00

    Don’t know about the PC version, but the in-game text of Bioshock 2 has been translated into Japanese for the 360 ver (seen some gameplay video), it just wasn’t dubbed in Japanese like the first one. Haven’t finished the 2nd game yet, I suppose the unique setting is quite Western/American for Jpn players to fully appreciate its atmostphere.

    I wonder how Heavy Rain does in Jpn. It’s an incredible game. What’s even more amazing is you can switch the language any time mid-game, just like flipping the audio track for a DVD movie. I just beat the game today, right when I found out who the origami killer was there was a power outage due to a storm yesterday.. and I thought raining outside would give the perfect atmosphere for me to play the game lol..

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Oh snap, you’re right. It is only the PC version…I completely missed that. (And to think I wrote the original post… ><)

  • holyPaladin

    I already try .hack//Link a bit and it’s nice!

    Although I still prefer G.U. because Link only Tokio and 1 other party member =x

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