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Dragon Quest IX Is The Best-Selling Game In The Series


Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies has done well…really well. Square Enix report that they’d shipped 5.3 million copies of the game globally by December 31st, 2010. We know at least 1.02 million copies of the game have been sold in the U.S. and Europe to date.


This makes Dragon Quest IX the best-selling Dragon Quest game so far.


When it first released in Japan, Square Enix president, Yoichi Wada, said that he hoped to ship over 5 million units of the game. Though Square Enix may not achieved that number in Japan alone, they’ve exceeded it globally.


This brings total shipment numbers of the Dragon Quest series as a whole (packaged goods only) to 57 million units worldwide.


2011 marks the 25th anniversary of Dragon Quest. Square Enix are presently working on Dragon Quest X for the Wii, but so far, it remains unknown whether one can expect the game to release this year or not.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.