Here’s How Much Dragon Quest IX Sold Overseas

By Ishaan . January 27, 2011 . 9:16pm

Curious as to how much Dragon Quest IX sold outside Japan? So were we! Luckily, Nintendo revealed sales figures for the game (and others) as part of their earnings report for the third quarter of their ongoing fiscal year, set to end on March 31st, 2011.


Dragon Quest IX, published by Nintendo in the U.S. and Europe, has sold 1.02 million copies to date. Keep in mind that figure is for the U.S. and Europe only, as the game was published by Square Enix in Japan.


Unsurprisingly, other games published by Nintendo sold incredibly well, too. Below, you can find select game sales for both Nintendo DS and Wii titles:


Nintendo DS:

Game Life-to-date Sales
Pokémon Black/White 5.32 million
New Super Mario Bros. 26.21 million
Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver 11.72 million
Mario Kart DS 20.7 million
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future1 1.87 million
Art Academy 1.52 million
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem 1.15 million
Dragon Quest IX: Seninels of the Starry Skies2 1.02 million

1&2: U.S. and Europe numbers only. In Japan, these games were published by other companies.



Game Life-to-date Sales
Wii Sports Resort 26.35 million
New Super Mario Bros. Wii 21.28 million
Super Mario Galaxy 2 6.15 million
Wii Fit Plus 17.74 million
Wii Party 5.07 million
Donkey Kong Country Returns 4.21 million
Mario Kart Wii 26.5 million
Super Mario All-Stars Anniversary Edition 1.95 million
Kirby’s Epic Yarn 1.38 million


Upcoming games for the Wii and DS in the U.S. and Europe before Nintendo’s fiscal year ends include Pokémon Black/White, Dragon Quest IX and Mario Sports Mix.

  • advertisement goes a long way. And a well-known celebrity/comedian too.

    • Zero_Destiny

      Nintendo gave a great series the proper push it needed and I love them for that. SE kept fumbling around with it, I’m glad Nintendo actually gave the games proper treatment. I mean the only ads I remember SE ever doing were just “This game was BIG in Japan!!!!” and that’s it. Nintendo knew how to grab people’s attention at least (even though I’m not that big of a fan of Seth Green I’m glad they got a celebrity to advertise the game).

  • Roanoke834

    The lack of Golden Sun: Dark Dawn on this list is disheartening. :/

    • Well it took half the year for Dragon Quest IX to get to 1 mln… Its only been 3 months in US and Euro for it.

      • Zero_Destiny

        Yeah but that was only in US and Euro (and it came out on 7/11 so it only been out like 5 months longer than Golden Sun) I’m pretty sure Nintendo published Golden Sun worldwide which means yeah not so great. Sad too but never fear I’m sure there’ll be a Golden Sun on the 3DS (or at least I keep telling myself that).

        • kylehyde

          Even that I’ve being a little pesimistic about many things I’m highly optimistic about a GS sequel on 3DS, but I hope that camelot fix many things like the story development, seriously even that I liked the game a lot (in fact after I finish ghost trick I’m planning to play GSDD again) I have to recognize that the way that the story develop was kinda messy compared to the previous entries. Other thing that I hope that they improve is the gameplay battle, don’t get wrong I loved to play again on the old good gameplay, but I think that a potential new entry really need to see an change in the area.

  • Dude, wow thats a lot of 20MLN+ higher selling titles. The 1mln titles are barely even bringing the money in compared to those (3% and less). Its a shame those same people who bought those titles dont pick up other games, but it probably doesnt matter as Ninty pockets so much money at the end of the day, lol.

    • I think it’s a question of perception. When first-party games have a tendency to be good the majority of the time, and third-party have a tendency to be either average or bad, it isn’t a hard decision for most consumers to make.

      Even Nintendo aren’t exempt from how this works. Look at Metroid: Other M. I love the game personally, but the general consensus is that it’s only “average,” which is lower than people’s expectations of Nintendo games. And sadly, Other M has crap sales to show for it.

      • Other M was awesome !! ;) Still no date for DQ VI in Europe…

  • Pichi

    Concerned for the new Fire Emblem coming over. Hopefully its them taking their time and not leaving it behind.

    • PurpleDoom

      I sure hope so. This is taking them even longer than usual…

  • this is good for the Dragon Quest franchise

  • Zero_Destiny

    So glad Dragon Quest IX did well, Can’t wait for VI. Don’t think it’ll be as profitable as IX since that was a new game but I’m sure it’ll make money especially with Nintendo backing it (already seen some ads in magazines). Plus I’d like to think the Dragon Quest fans out there will go crazy for it heheheh

  • vadde939

    Nice to see DQ IX doing well. Just goes to show how some marketing muscle can help a game that would otherwise not have sold near as much. Hopefully they NEVER use those horrible twins from the UK ads again though. I wouldn’t be suprised if those two caused some people not to buy the game.

  • kylehyde

    Glad to see that DQIX and professor layton and the unwound future do it well, those two were among the best games that I played in the 2010.

  • Was surprised (and happy) that Dragon Quest IX did really well in Europe. I think the cute charm of DQ lured those who would otherwise give old-skool RPG’s (okay, DQ IX is a mix of new and old). a wide bearth. Also Dragon Quest VIII was a well recieved game.

    Professor Layton and the Unwound Future has been doing really well to becoming the 21st most sold game in the UK in 2010. Not susrpsing though since the Professor Layton series is a successful IP worldwide :)

  • Hraesvelgr

    Well, I wasn’t the biggest fan of DQIX (felt too much like an online game, to me), but Dragon Quest doing well and getting some sort of name recognition is welcome. Hopefully this means future releases will do better, as well.

    • That “like an online game” is what gives DQIX it’s awesome replay value though, which is one of the things I love the most about the game. I still play it.

  • Those numbers make me happy and I hope this means more DQ goodness from Nintendo from now on, bring me Monster Joker 2 Professional and Battle Victory Road now. And DQ X of course. ^_^

  • For a Dragon Quest game outside of Japan, that sounds like some damn good sales. I hope so- I hate having to describe DQ as the most popular niche title in the world…

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