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:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online 367,148 New Wii Square Enix
01. 02. New Super Mario Bros. 2 213,547 621,050 3DS Nintendo
04. 03. Pokémon Black/White 2 66,758 2,521,764 DS Pokémon Co.
02. 04. Demon Training 31,792 72,064 3DS Nintendo
06. 05. Just Dance Wii 2 29,602 89,723 Wii Nintendo
09. 06. Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition 21,001 150,655 Wii Nintendo
02. 07. Persona 4: Arena 20,477 148,961 PS3 Atlus
New 08. All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation 2 20,459 New DS Namco Bandai
01. 09. Digimon World Re:Digitize 17,508 134,362 PSP Namco Bandai
22. 10. Wii Sports Resort 15,706 1,012,372 Wii Nintendo
13. 11. Kobitodsukan Kobito Kansatsu Set 14,653 35,278 3DS Nippon Columbia
14. 12. Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb 14,321 131,794 3DS Namco Bandai
05. 13. Super Danganronpa 2 13,646 82,646 PSP Spike Chunsoft
New 14. All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation 2 12,928 New PSP Namco Bandai
11. 15. Rune Factory 4 11,467 118,439 3DS Marvelous AQL
12. 16. Power Pro Baseball 2012 11,292 94,980 PS3 Konami
16. 17. Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D 11,056 848,725 3DS Square Enix
03. 18. Trails of Nayuta 10,998 85,858 PSP Falcom
New 19. Smile Precure! Let’s Go! Marchen World 8,786 New 3DS Namco Bandai
20. 20. Mario Party 9 8,718 510,638 Wii Nintendo


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.