Puzzle & Dragons Z Ships 1 Million Copies In Japan

By Ishaan . December 20, 2013 . 1:33am

Well, that was quick. Last week, Gung Ho Online Entertainment released  Puzzle & Dragons Z, an RPG version of their popular smartphone game, for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. The game sold 543,630 copies in its first week.

 

Meanwhile, a follow-up report from sales tracker Media-Create adds that Puzzle & Dragons Z sold through 79.02% of its first shipment, which means the game sold well relative to the number of copies released at launch, too.

 

Media-Create also mention that the game is selling mainly to consumers ranging from their late 30s to early 40s, speculating that these people are buying the game as a gift for children. They expect that, over the upcoming holidays, Puzzle & Dragons Z will continue to appeal a younger audience, which means that it, Pokémon X/Y and Monster Hunter 4 will compete with one another, as all three games are currently appealing to that younger demographic.

 

Alongside, Gung Ho themselves have announced that they have shipped additional copies of Puzzle & Dragons Z, following the game’s launch, bringing total shipments to 1 million copies as for December 20th. It should be very interesting to see how sales hold up in the coming up weeks, and how long it takes Puzzle & Dragons Z to sell through all 1 million copies out in the wild right now.

 

If Gung Ho play their cards right, we could see Puzzle & Dragons joining the ranks of Pokémon, Monster Hunter and Dragon Quest within the next few years, in terms of retail game sales.

 

Food for thought:

While there aren’t many smartphone games that are as popular as Puzzle & Dragons in Japan, it could be interesting to see if any other social game developers decide to bring their games to the retail market the way Gung Ho have with Puzzle & Dragons Z. The 3DS has a large enough audience to make this an opportunity worth exploring. The question, of course, is which games are popular enough to make the transition.


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  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    Pokemon’s Demographic is all 20 year olds Ishaan

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Pokemon’s had no Demographic there bro. It consist from the youngest till the oldest there.^_^

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        A true “everyone” game.

        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          Well, it is rated E for something.^_^

      • J_Joestar

        I’m more surprised at MH4 being listed with P&DZ than X&Y.
        Always assumed that that would mostly consist of an older crowd.

        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          Not at all there. Even though Mon Hun does had more older crowd, it does not mean Mon Hun is not played by children here.^_^

          I think, you can consider it like CoD here. It should be played by older demographics however, it ended up getting played by many children.^_^

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

      I really have to wonder why you would spread misinformation like this.

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Well, sometimes people can have misconception there Ishaan.^_^ Just let it go.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Its the women man, Im telling ya

    • KuroNathan

      most /japanese/ players are 20 year olds. I think in america it’s a fairly even spread across the ages

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    “It could be interesting to see if any other social game developers decide to bring their games to the retail market the way Gung Ho have with Puzzle & Dragons Z. The 3DS has a large enough audience to make this an opportunity worth exploring. The question, of course, is which games are popular enough to make the transition.”

    I agree with this view here as we already see that(sadly) how Angry Birds is one of the best selling third party title outside of Japan here.

    About your question Ishaan on what other title they can put?. How about Rage of Bahamut? Or The recent famous Sega mobile games? Or even the current famous Dark Summoner game one of those game with the promotion of AKB members? or the other Battle Catz game?

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

      To be honest, I’m not certain myself. DeNA in particular have been releasing a lot of social/smartphone games of late, but they haven’t really caught on.

      I think Dragon Collection from Konami would’ve had a shot, had they attempted it before, but these days P&D has largely overtaken that game in popularity. Still, Konami are doing that new Dragon Collection RPG on iOS, so we’ll see how much life there is left in that brand.

      Rage of Bahamut could work, but DeNA would need to put as much work into it as GH did into P&D Z.

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Well, don’t forget Ishaan. DeNA can easily just outsourced the game here for the other smaller company to do right? Like for example? Sting? Or maybe Cave?

        I am not sure with Dragon Collection here considering that the the popularity of the game is still questionable here.T_T

    • WyattEpp

      Why, Kantai Collection of course.

      I’m not advocating for it, or saying it would be good. But it IS incredibly popular right now and they’re already working on a Vita game anyway.

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Well, that is also the reason why i don’t mention it here. It is coming to Vita.^_^

        And of course, the fact that it is browser game not mobile game here.^_^

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Tohsaka

    Yea, I’d like to be part of that million plus figure too.

  • Will Jay

    I told ya.

    Either way, I’ll pick it up whenever that localization they promised happens.

  • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

    I really want this game~. Was there a localization announcement??

    Also, that’s one thing I don’t get; why more mobile games don’t come to the portable consoles at least.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      they’ve been planning for it

  • KnifeAndFork

    I can’t believe how much money the iOS version of this game makes per day….3 million. That’s sick…

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