This Week In Sales: Dragon Quest Heroes Marches Out

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

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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

<< Last week’s software sales chart

<< How to read and understand sales


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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Dragon Quest Heroes 325,446 New PS3 Square Enix
New 02. Dragon Quest Heroes 269,303 New PS4 Square Enix
02. 03. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D 39,751 341,997 3DS Nintendo
04. God Eater 2: Rage Burst 37,650 271,829 PSV Bandai Namco
06. 05. Yo-kai Watch 2: Headliner 16,443 2,513,906 3DS Level
09. 06. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire 12,680 2,537,857 3DS Pokémon Co.
New 07. Yuuki Yuuna Wa Yuusha de Aru: Jukai no Kioku 10,622 New PSV FuRyu
08. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 8,249 81,087 PS3 Bandai Namco
12. 09. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 8,159 2,165,812 3DS Nintendo
30. 10. The Seven Deadly Sins: Unjust Sin 7,631 42,869 3DS Bandai Namco
11. 11. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate 7,595 2,485,659 3DS Capcom
03. 12. God Eater 2: Rage Burst 7,405 45,229 PS4 Bandai Namco
New 13. Diabolik Lovers: Dark Fate 7,263 New PSV Idea Factory
New 14. Parfait 5,697 New PSV TGL
10. 15. Samurai Warriors 4-II 5,008 58,518 PS3 Koei Tecmo
13. 16. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 4,995 59,438 PS4 Bandai Namco
17. 17. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 4,936 597,730 WiiU Nintendo
19. 18. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 4,917 3,928,335 3DS Nintendo
18. 19. Mario Kart 8 4,898 925,990 WiiU Nintendo
04. 20. The Order: 1886 4,840 29,863 PS4 Sony


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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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.