This Week In Sales: Dragon Quest X Goes Online


    Period: The week of July 30th – August 5th (2012)

    Top-seller: Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online – 367,148

    Nintendo 3DS sales: 42,164 | Total sales: 6,647,190

    Nintendo 3DS XL sales: 82,251 | Total sales: 269,731

    PlayStation Vita sales: 9,038 | Total sales: 863,740

    << Last week’s software sales chart


    Last week’s biggest release in Japan was, of course, Dragon Quest X for the Wii. Or perhaps we should refer to it by its full name: Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online. As the title hints, unlike the previous games in the series, Dragon Quest X is an MMORPG.


    In its first week, Dragon Quest X sold 367,148 copies. That’s a far cry from Dragon Quest IX’s 2.31 million copies sold in a week, but Dragon Quest X’s real success will be measured in terms of how many subscribers pay the game’s monthly subscription fee in the months and years to come. Details of the game’s monthly subscription service can be found here.


    In terms of sales numbers, the closest comparison we have to Dragon Quest X is Final Fantasy XIV, of which Square Enix shipped 190,000 copies in Japan during its launch window.


    Meanwhile, New Super Mario Bros. 2 is now at about 621,000 copies sold, and was the #2 seller for the week. Persona 4: Arena, which dropped from #2 to #7 is now approximately at 150,000 copies sold.


    The top-20 software sales chart for the week is as follows:


    LwTwTitleWeekly SalesTotal SalesSys.Publisher
    New01.Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online367,148NewWiiSquare Enix
    01.02.New Super Mario Bros. 2213,547621,0503DSNintendo
    04.03.Pokémon Black/White 266,7582,521,764DSPokémon Co.
    02.04.Demon Training31,79272,0643DSNintendo
    06.05.Just Dance Wii 229,60289,723WiiNintendo
    09.06.Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition21,001150,655WiiNintendo
    02.07.Persona 4: Arena20,477148,961PS3Atlus
    New08.All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation 220,459NewDSNamco Bandai
    01.09.Digimon World Re:Digitize17,508134,362PSPNamco Bandai
    22.10.Wii Sports Resort15,7061,012,372WiiNintendo
    13.11.Kobitodsukan Kobito Kansatsu Set14,65335,2783DSNippon Columbia
    14.12.Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb14,321131,7943DSNamco Bandai
    05.13.Super Danganronpa 213,64682,646PSPSpike Chunsoft
    New14.All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation 212,928NewPSPNamco Bandai
    11.15.Rune Factory 411,467118,4393DSMarvelous AQL
    12.16.Power Pro Baseball 201211,29294,980PS3Konami
    16.17.Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D11,056848,7253DSSquare Enix
    03.18.Trails of Nayuta10,99885,858PSPFalcom
    New19.Smile Precure! Let’s Go! Marchen World8,786New3DSNamco Bandai
    20.20.Mario Party 98,718510,638WiiNintendo


    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 a contributing writer at 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.

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