Puzzle & Dragons Reaches 2 Million Downloads In North America

By Ishaan . November 8, 2013 . 3:34pm

Smartphone hit Puzzle & Dragons has reached 2 million downloads in North America, GungHo Online Entertainment have announced. However, while the game has done reasonably well in the west, it isn’t a supersized hit like it is in Asia.


Here’s a little bit of perspective. While 2 million in the U.S. sounds like a decent number, Puzzle & Dragons has been downloaded 21 million times between just Japan and Korea.


Regarding the game’s performance in the U.S., GungHo president Kazuki Morishita recently said to Siliconera, “It hasn’t seen a huge success, especially compared to Japan.”


“We’re looking at with a long term perspective and we will continue to update it with new content. We will finesse our service and have more promotions, so we will probably start pushing it more.”


Additionally, GungHo also plan to release a Nintendo 3DS RPG, Puzzle & Dragons Z, in Japan this fall, with a western release to follow at some point in the future. In the meantime, they’re pushing the smartphone game with clever collaborations like Batman and Angry Birds.

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  • Lumi

    Heh, you restrict it to a single country, when complain about not enough success? Open it up to the international app store and you’ll do better.

    • I read North America and checked quick if i could download it but yep, US only for the moment i guess..

      • HellMuT

        If you’re using Android, you can just download the apk file. If you’re on iPhone, you can change your store regional setting.

        • Ikki

          I don’t think it’s that easy to download a game from a foreign Apple app store.

        • Lumi

          Sure you can do that, but it’s no way near the level of exposure that, say, candy crush saga gets. You have to be sspecifically looking for the game in order to play it, and in that case you might as well play the Japanese version, with up to date updates and more monsters. Which in fact is what a lot of people do.

  • Ethan_Twain

    Hey, is this available for an Android phone? I don’t normally do phone gaming, but I feel like I would like to mess with this some just for the sake of having first hand knowledge of what the biggest thing in Japan is.

    Kinda like I tried Monster Hunter 3 on the Wii just so I have the first hand perspective. Not really a favorite of mine, but I really value having a better picture of Monster Hunter than “that thing that’s big in Japan”.

    • Suicunesol

      Yes it’s on Android.

  • Leon_Tekashi

    I guess this is one of few mobile games that’s tolerable in the West.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    I would totally play this game more than I already do if they didn’t restrict it to online-only. Its so stupid.

    • Brandonmkii

      It’s online only because everything is server-side. If you ever lose your phone or the data gets wiped, your progress is still safe.

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        They could easily just have a manual sync feature for people who might not always have online ready.

  • not available on my country play store.

  • Touchybit

    Open it to the rest of the world you dumb imbeciles!

  • Acidonia

    Mean while in Europe its at 0 because Japanese developers don’t like money and rather let the rip off games of their work get the money instead.

  • Ban The Jackass

    Hm. Funny how they focus so much on this “considered to be niche” game genre. I haven’t play this, is this as good as a “hardcore” game?

  • almostautumn

    Ah, so P&DZ IS getting a western release. That’s good; I was pretty closing to ordering that for my own selfish Xmas gift. Maybe I’ll pick up Gaist Crusher instead; really loved the demo.

    BTW; totally off-topic, but does anyone know if Pokemon X/Y Japanese version has an English option? I read somewhere that it does.

  • Callonia

    I just checked out a trailer of puzzle n dragons. Definitely not my thing. Kantai Collection on other hand….

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