Dragon Quest Monsters 2 May End Up Outselling The First Game

By Ishaan . February 24, 2014 . 10:01am

On February 14th, Square Enix released a remake of Dragon Quest Monsters 2 in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS. As revealed in an earlier report, the game sold 443,656 copies in its first week on store shelves.

 

That’s a lower figure than the opening week sales of the first Dragon Quest Monsters game, which was also remade for 3DS back in 2012. That game sold 513,183 copies in its first week, which is a fair bit higher than Monsters 2.

 

Here’s the catch, though—Dragon Quest Monsters was sold out for weeks in Japan, which meant people couldn’t buy it until Square Enix finally managed to get more copies of the game out to retailers. Meanwhile, Dragon Quest Monsters 2 doesn’t seem to be having this problem.

 

As a result, Dragon Quest Monsters 2 may end up outselling Dragon Quest Monsters in in the long run, according to Japanese sales tracker Media Create.

 

In its second week on store shelves, Dragon Quest Monsters sold around 83,000 copies, bringing total sales to 596,512 copies sold. Meanwhile, Dragon Quest Monsters 2 sold over 118,000 copies in its second week, and total sales of this game as of week 2 are at 562,083 copies sold.

 

Provided there’s a large enough stock at retail, Media Create say that Dragon Quest Monsters 2 may end up outselling the first game after its third week. That would be quite the turnaround for a game that debuted lower than its predecessor.


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  • Slickyslacker

    I wouldn’t be surprised, considering how much extra content they put in.

  • Vitonofrio del Rosso

    i’d gladly contribute to sales but you know… 3ds.. region lock.. yeah..

    • Satori Satya

      Even without the region lock, there is a language barrier there.

      So yeah.

  • Tiael

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch…
    I would love to see DQVII 3DS, DQMTW3D and DQM23D, but I’ve given up hope.
    I also wouldn’t mind Morimori 3 and DQX, but yeah..

    • Fox

      It’s too soon to give up on DQ73D. Wait until summer, if we don’t hear anything by then, THEN you can write it off.

      Or, hell, the next Nintendo Direct or two. Nintendo’s rapidly running out of games to talk about, so they’ve really got to have some new stuff lined up for Q3 and beyond.

      • Satori Satya

        I dunno. Nintendo can only do so much.

        Yeah I know they said that they would try and bring 3rd party games here.

        But its kinda shady for some of those companies to let Nintendo do all the heavy lifting and also take all the blame when things don’t work out.

        Like when one of S-E’s games wasn’t translated properly for some European countries. People were angry at Nintendo. When in reality, it was S-E who made the call for the game to be released without proper localization.

    • Rogerrmark

      U.S just got Bravely Default, let´s wait a little longer :)

      Who knows, DQVII translation could be on advanced phase already.

  • malek86

    Wouldn’t that be the opposite? That is, DQM2 might outsell the first game in the short term, but since its sales would be less spread out due to the lack of shortage, it might sell less in the long run.

  • FFmax

    I still want to know why the hell the 3DS is region locked.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Same Reason anything is region locked. Business and Assurance

  • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

    Then stop doubting first week sales of every game just because it didn’t sell as much. Not every game will sell out at launch.
    Should had learned your lesson with Super Mario 3D World.

  • Foryth

    We need more Dragon Quest in the west. This one would be awesome, among others.

  • Hinataharem

    Maybe they could give us Westerners a digital release

    • Codi Schumacher

      i agree i loved the game boy color version and frankly i think this was better than DQ monsters joker since you used meats to get monsters to join you and could battle bards if you got lucky for stat boosts

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