This Week In Sales: Dragon Quest VII Sales Compared To Previous Remakes


Period: The week of February 4th – February 10th (2013)

Top-seller: Dragon Quest VII – 827,922

Nintendo 3DS sales: 38,645 | Total sales: 7,971,279

Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 89,050 | Total sales: 2,542,877

PlayStation Vita sales: 8,762 | Total sales: 1,212,364

Wii U sales: 12,185 | Total sales: 770,629

<< Last week’s software sales chart


Last week was fairly slow in Japan, but the one major game that was released more than made up for it. Square Enix’s Dragon Quest VII remake for the Nintendo 3DS opened with 827,922 copies sold in its first week. Square Enix announced on Monday that they had shipped 1 million copies of the game.


That makes Dragon Quest VII has the second-highest launch of any Dragon Quest remake in recent years. Here’s how its first week sales stack up against the previous three remakes:


(2007) Dragon Quest IV – 597,301

(2008) Dragon Quest V – 643,764

(2010) Dragon Quest VI – 906,458

(2013) Dragon Quest VII – 827,922


You may notice that Dragon Quest VI saw higher launch numbers than Dragon Quest VII, and there are likely a couple of reasons for that. The first is that Dragon Quest VI released to a massive audience of over 25 million Nintendo DS users. As of now, the Nintendo 3DS is at less than half that number in Japan.


The other—and more likely—reason could be that Dragon Quest VI was released after Dragon Quest IX, a brand new game that sold over 2 million copies at launch and caught the attention of both old and new fans, helping to grow the series.


The top-20 chart for the week was as follows:


LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Dragon Quest VII: Warriors of Eden827,922New3DSSquare Enix
01.02.Animal Crossing: New Leaf81,5592,513,4243DSNintendo
02.03.Fantasy Life13,342221,7203DSLevel 5
04.04.New Super Mario Bros. 211,6851,910,7083DSNintendo
06.05.Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!)10,523218,0973DSCapcom
09.06.Taiko no Tatsujin: Super Splendid Edition8,859386,149WiiNamco Bandai
08.07.Demon Gaze8,17043,910PSVKadokawa
03.08.DmC Devil May Cry7,476164,690PS3Capcom
15.09.Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb7,459416,0333DSNamco Bandai
17.10.Run for Money Tousouchuu7,383420,8153DSNamco Bandai
28.11.Monster Monpiece7,31236,754PSVCompile Heart
13.12.Paper Mario: Sticker Star6,452518,0963DSNintendo
11.13.Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone – Neppuu/Raimei6,121414,2073DSLevel 5
19.14.New Super Mario Bros. U5,857460,786WiiUNintendo
New15.Heroes Vs.5,693NewPSPNamco Bandai
21.16.Mario Kart 75,6741,972,4403DSNintendo
14.17.Hitman Absolution5,50035,223PS3Square Enix
20.18.Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Dubbed Version)4,983124,112PS3Square Enix
24.19.Nintendo Land4,486286,478WiiUNintendo
25.20.Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 24,314232,050PS3Tecmo Koei


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer, Media Create and

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.