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This Week In Sales: Dragon Quest XI Marches Triumphantly


Period: The week of July 24– July 30 (2017)

Top-seller: Dragon Quest XI – 1,148,888 (Nintendo 3DS)

Nintendo Switch sales: 89,314 (Last week – 98,999 )

Nintendo 2DS sales: 3,689 (2,300)

New Nintendo 2DS LL sales: 110,963 (17,717)

New Nintendo 3DS sales: 1,370 (1,020)

New Nintendo 3DS LL sales: 26,587 (13,108)

Wii U sales: 142 (176)

PlayStation 4 sales: 82,368 (23,841)

PlayStation 4 Pro sales: 10,988 (7,037)

PlayStation 3 sales: 121 (142)

PlayStation Vita sales: 4,967 (4,545)

Xbox One sales: 94 (77)

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Last week, Japan had an extremely big week with the long-anticipated release of Dragon Quest XI for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4. Other titles also released, but those don’t matter because Dragon Quest XI.


Okay, joking aside, Kenka Bancho Otome, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, Wagamama High Spec, and Hiiro no Kakera also debuted in Japan. Japanese sales tracker Media Create shares the latest on software and hardware sales data from the week of July 27 through July 30, 2017.


The #1 and #2 punch of the week goes as expected with Dragon Quest XI on Nintendo 3DS selling a whopping 1,148,888 copies and Dragon Quest XI on PlayStation 4 which sold 950,315 units for combined total of 2,099,203 units sold between both versions.


Here’s how Dragon Quest XI’s debut compares to previously main-numbered Dragon Quest titles (excluding the MMORPG title Dragon Quest X):



  • Dragon Quest VIII – 2,167,072 [PS2] (LTD 3,738,123)
  • Dragon Quest IX – 2,318,932 [NDS] (LTD 4,410,154)
  • Dragon Quest XI – 2,099,203 [3DS/PS4] (LTD ???)


As you can see, Dragon Quest XI fell a little short of the debuts for Dragon Quest VIII and Dragon Quest IX, but keep in mind that Dragon Quest XI released in an era where video game sales are at a low in Japan. We can expect to see its sales continue growing but it likely won’t surpass Dragon Quest IX without multiplayer, DLC, and StreetPass features that kept both players and sales going.



  • Dragon Quest XI for Nintendo 3DS – 1,148,888
  • Dragon Quest XI for PlayStation 4 – 950,315


The above is a look at a 3DS vs. PS4 comparison chart for Dragon Quest XI. It started out closely for week 1, but this is probably as close as it gets, as we can expect to see the Nintendo 3DS version continue selling more in the long run. It should be interesting to see how they perform in the coming weeks. Square Enix will likely reveal their total sales numbers including digital sales sometime later.


[Thanks to our good friend Ishaan for providing the charts and numbers. Hit him up on Twitter @ishaansahdev to talk about video game sales, comics, and all-things Monster Hunter.]



As far as other new releases go, we have Kenka Bancho Otome: My Honey of Absolute Perfection which debuted at #9 on PS Vita with 6,931 copies sold, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy at #12 with 5,626 units, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered on PS4 at #15 with 4,870 units on PS4, Wagamama High Spec at #18 with 3,062 units sold on PS Vita, The Fruit of Grisaia: Side Episode  at #19 with 3,052 units for its debut on PS Vita, and last but not least Hiiro no Kakera: Omoi Iro no Kioku at #20 with 2,914 units sold in its first week.


On the hardware front, we saw some big increases in the 3DS family, especially the recently released New 2DS LL that went from 17,717 units sold last week to a whopping 110,963 units this week, making it the biggest increase of all hardware in the week. The PlayStation 4 sold an impressive 82,368 plus an extra 10,988 PS4 Pro units for a total of 93,356 units between the two. The Nintendo Switch also had another noteworthy week with 89,314 units sold in the second week after Splatoon 2’s release. Going by Media Create’s numbers, the Switch is now at 1,285,299 units sold in Japan since its launch in March.


The top-20 chart of the week is as follows:

Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys Publisher
New 01. Dragon Quest XI 1,148,888 New 3DS Square Enix
New 02. Dragon Quest XI 950,315 New PS4 Square Enix
01. 03. Splatoon 2 105,326 753,411 Switch Nintendo
02. 04. Layton’s Mystery Journey 24,491 95,358 3DS Level-5
06. 05. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 13,841 601,869 Switch Nintendo
03. 06. Hey! Pikmin 11,900 99,394 3DS Nintendo
05. 07. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age 8,158 127,971 PS4 Square Enix
04. 08. Sumikko Gurashi: Koko Doko Nan Desu? 8,027 28,910 3DS Nihon Columbia
New 09. Kenka Bancho Otome: My Honey of Absolute Perfection 6,931 New PSV Spike Chunsoft
08. 10. ARMS 5,959 183,945 Switch Nintendo
10. 11. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 5,803 548,819 Switch Nintendo
New 12. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy 5,626 New PS4 Bandai Namco
09. 13. Gundam Versus 5,294 149,137 PS4 Bandai Namco
11. 14. Pokémon Sun & Moon 5,283 3,300,384 3DS Pokémon Company
New 15. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered 4,879 New PS4 SIE
15. 16. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition 3,867 1,184,150 PSV SIE
17. 17. Animal Crossing: New Leaf –Welcome amiibo 3,607 208,705 3DS Nintendo
New 18. Wagamama High Spec 3,062 New PSV iMel
New 19. The Fruit of Grisaia: Side Episode 3,052 New PSV Prototype
New 20. Hiiro no Kakera: Omoi Iro no Kioku 2,914 New PSV Idea Factory

Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media Create.

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