This Week In Sales: Dragon Quest X Goes Online

By Ishaan . August 8, 2012 . 1:31pm

Period: The week of July 30th – August 5th (2012)

Top-seller: Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online – 367,148

Nintendo 3DS sales: 42,164 | Total sales: 6,647,190

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 82,251 | Total sales: 269,731

PlayStation Vita sales: 9,038 | Total sales: 863,740

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week’s biggest release in Japan was, of course, Dragon Quest X for the Wii. Or perhaps we should refer to it by its full name: Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online. As the title hints, unlike the previous games in the series, Dragon Quest X is an MMORPG.


In its first week, Dragon Quest X sold 367,148 copies. That’s a far cry from Dragon Quest IX’s 2.31 million copies sold in a week, but Dragon Quest X’s real success will be measured in terms of how many subscribers pay the game’s monthly subscription fee in the months and years to come. Details of the game’s monthly subscription service can be found here.


In terms of sales numbers, the closest comparison we have to Dragon Quest X is Final Fantasy XIV, of which Square Enix shipped 190,000 copies in Japan during its launch window.


Meanwhile, New Super Mario Bros. 2 is now at about 621,000 copies sold, and was the #2 seller for the week. Persona 4: Arena, which dropped from #2 to #7 is now approximately at 150,000 copies sold.


The top-20 software sales chart for the week is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online 367,148 New Wii Square Enix
01. 02. New Super Mario Bros. 2 213,547 621,050 3DS Nintendo
04. 03. Pokémon Black/White 2 66,758 2,521,764 DS Pokémon Co.
02. 04. Demon Training 31,792 72,064 3DS Nintendo
06. 05. Just Dance Wii 2 29,602 89,723 Wii Nintendo
09. 06. Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition 21,001 150,655 Wii Nintendo
02. 07. Persona 4: Arena 20,477 148,961 PS3 Atlus
New 08. All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation 2 20,459 New DS Namco Bandai
01. 09. Digimon World Re:Digitize 17,508 134,362 PSP Namco Bandai
22. 10. Wii Sports Resort 15,706 1,012,372 Wii Nintendo
13. 11. Kobitodsukan Kobito Kansatsu Set 14,653 35,278 3DS Nippon Columbia
14. 12. Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb 14,321 131,794 3DS Namco Bandai
05. 13. Super Danganronpa 2 13,646 82,646 PSP Spike Chunsoft
New 14. All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation 2 12,928 New PSP Namco Bandai
11. 15. Rune Factory 4 11,467 118,439 3DS Marvelous AQL
12. 16. Power Pro Baseball 2012 11,292 94,980 PS3 Konami
16. 17. Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D 11,056 848,725 3DS Square Enix
03. 18. Trails of Nayuta 10,998 85,858 PSP Falcom
New 19. Smile Precure! Let’s Go! Marchen World 8,786 New 3DS Namco Bandai
20. 20. Mario Party 9 8,718 510,638 Wii Nintendo


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

  • James Beatty

    Not bad considering it’s an MMO on the Wii

  • Guess Japan’s not a fan of the subscription-based MMO aspect of the game.
    Who can blame ’em, really?

    • Tiael

      Considering FFXI sold 70,000 it’s first week in Japan, and that’s the most profitable FF for SE after an extended period of time, I’d say DQX is doing just fine.

      • It depends on how many people keep their subscriptions. Look at Star Wars: The Old Republic

      • d19xx

        It’s Final Fantasy and there’s a PC version too…

  • Domii

    To be honest I was expecting bigger sales for DQX. But I guess since its an mmorpg releasing on a dying platform, the sales are not bad. I hope it gets localize though so I can give it a try. DQVIII is one of my favorite games of all time.

  • Farid Belkacemi

    Now, about that Wii U version Square Enix… Where are the screenshots ? :p

  • kylehyde

    Well will have to wait until the friday (or maybe a bit before) how many copies were shipped to know if it meet the expectations. Is pretty impresive that the regular 3DS has kept almost the same number of sales after the release of the XL model, however is kinda strange that NSMB2 has been losing steam too quickly, I love 2D mario’s but I think that this is a sign that the formula needs to be reinvented again (of course the 2D formula).

    • Suicunesol

      It hasn’t lost that much steam. I heard Mario is a slow and steady seller. It’s not the type to spend all of its steam in the first few weeks. Before you reinvent anything, I think it’s best to wait and see.

      • kylehyde

        I don’t need to reinvent anything  but, personally I think that Takashi Tezuka need to reinvent the 2D marios, I’m not even sure if I want to purchase NSMB2, but I love 2D marios because every entry has something that make them feel fresh, and certainly this is not the case with NSMB2, even NSMB Wii and NSMB Wii U have something that make them more interesting than this title.

        • Suicunesol

           Play the title first?

          • kylehyde

            Considering that nintendo is not going to put a demo of this game, that most of my friends and acquaintances are not much into 3DS, the only way to play it for me is to buy it (or playing in a rom which I’m against) unless that you want to buy it for me.

            Certainly I’m not gonna to pay for something that I’m not interested (and just because I’m not interested doesn’t mean that I’m saying that is bad product or something like that).

    • Part of the reason is probably that the original NSMB came out after a decade of the 2D Mario games being dead. I don’t think NSMB2 was ever going to sell as much. But yeah, in my personal opinion, it does look stale. I’m just not sure if that’s affecting sales yet.

  • Micheal Willis

    Obviously it did well in meeting expectations set by Square, since they doubled the amount of servers shortly after launch.  And all accounts I’ve heard is that every server is pretty much full right now

  • $30632660

    I’m actually shocked it didn’t hit at least an instant million.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Hmm Mario seems to drop quite heavy there. I wonder if that is caused by Dragon Quest release there?

    While it seems Demon Training is doing much well than many predicted here considering the drop is only around 20%?

    And what to say? Good job for Digimon still staying on top ten there.^_^ Hope it will get more love there.(Even though it is sad that the game is pirated like crazy there?T_T)

  • For Wii, it was the last important release of its life. For 3DS, it was just another week.

  • Re:Digitize was 1? last week?
    wasn’t it super Mario or something ?

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