This Week In Sales: Dragon Quest Heroes Marches Out


Period: The week of February 23rd  – March 1st (2015)

Top-seller: Dragon Quest Heroes (PS3) – 325,446

Nintendo 3DS sales: 2,795 | Tot. sales: : 9,815,506

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 2,666 | Tot. sales: 6,883,545

New Nintendo 3DS sales: 8,515 | Tot. sales: 484,186

New Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 22,620 | Tot. sales: 1,150,753

PlayStation Vita sales: 23,619 | Tot. sales: 3,575,371

Vita TV sales: 838 | Tot. sales: 156,818

Wii U sales: 6,606 | Tot. sales: 2,233,403

PlayStation 4 sales: 46,139 | Tot. sales: 1,189,681

Xbox One sales: 703 | Tot. sales: 47,761

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Last week, Square Enix released Dragon Quest Heroes, a Warriors-style game developed by Koei Tecmo and Omega Force, the studio behind the Warriors series, in Japan. The game sold a combined total of 594,749 copies on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.


The last Warriors game that sold this well at launch at was One Piece: Pirate Warriors, which Koei released in collaboration with Bandai Namco in 2012. That game sold 655,774 copies in its first week. Considering that Dragon Quest is just as well-known a brand in Japan as One Piece is, it isn’t surprising that Dragon Quest Heroes has seen a strong launch. The real test will be where sales have climbed to a year from now.


Alongside the release of Dragon Quest Heroes, the PlayStation 4 saw an increase in sales for the week, too, selling 47,761 units. Technically, that isn’t a very high number, but if you’ve kept up with this column over the last four years you’ll know that Japan’s home console market in general has seen better days.


Additionally, Square Enix also made a Dragon Quest Heroes-themed PS4 available to Japanese consumers back in December, which means a few people picked their consoles up early. Each of those units came with a future download code for the game, and Sony sold 38,000 of them to consumers at launch.


Moving on, the top-20 software sales chart for last week is as follows:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Dragon Quest Heroes325,446NewPS3Square Enix
New02.Dragon Quest Heroes269,303NewPS4Square Enix
02.03.The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D39,751341,9973DSNintendo
04.God Eater 2: Rage Burst37,650271,829PSVBandai Namco
06.05.Yo-kai Watch 2: Headliner16,4432,513,9063DSLevel
09.06.Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire12,6802,537,8573DSPokémon Co.
New07.Yuuki Yuuna Wa Yuusha de Aru: Jukai no Kioku10,622NewPSVFuRyu
08.Dragon Ball Xenoverse8,24981,087PS3Bandai Namco
12.09.Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS8,1592,165,8123DSNintendo
30.10.The Seven Deadly Sins: Unjust Sin7,63142,8693DSBandai Namco
11.11.Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate7,5952,485,6593DSCapcom
03.12.God Eater 2: Rage Burst7,40545,229PS4Bandai Namco
New13.Diabolik Lovers: Dark Fate7,263NewPSVIdea Factory
10.15.Samurai Warriors 4-II5,00858,518PS3Koei Tecmo
13.16.Dragon Ball Xenoverse4,99559,438PS4Bandai Namco
17.17.Super Smash Bros. for Wii U4,936597,730WiiUNintendo
19.18.Animal Crossing: New Leaf4,9173,928,3353DSNintendo
18.19.Mario Kart 84,898925,990WiiUNintendo
04.20.The Order: 18864,84029,863PS4Sony


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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.