Dragon Quest IX DS Passes 4 Million

By Adam Riley 26.09.2009 2

Dragon Quest IX DS Passes 4 Million on Nintendo gaming news, videos and discussion

Square Enix has confirmed that shipments of Dragon Quest IX on DS have now passed the four million mark since launching in Japan back on 11th July, 2009. This currently makes it the second highest selling game in the massively popular role-playing series that started back in 1986 on the Nintendo Entertainment System. It is thought that not only has the 27 million-plus userbase played a huge part in this hugely impressive feat, but the weekly online challenges have ensured gamers remain glued to the Level-5 developed game, rather than flooding the second-hand market with their used copies. The multiplayer element and renewed advertising campaign will not have hurt either, of course.

Japanese blogger sinobi has provided a full list of shipment figures for the rest of the series, which can be seen below:

  • Dragon Quest (NES, 27/05/1986) - 1,500,000
  • Dragon Quest II (NES, 26/01/1987) - 2,400,000
  • Dragon Quest III (NES, 10/02/1988) - 3,800,000
  • Dragon Quest IV (NES, 11/02/1990) - 3,000,000
  • Dragon Quest V (SNES, 27/09/1992) - 2,800,000
  • Dragon Quest VI (SNES, 09/12/1995) - 3,200,000
  • Dragon Quest VII (PSone, 26/08/2000) - 4,150,000
  • Dragon Quest VIII (PS2, 27/12/2004) - 3,700,000
  • Dragon Quest IX (NDS, 11/07/2009) - 4,000,000 and counting
Can Dragon Quest IX hit the projected 5 million mark and are readers looking forward to the Western release?

Box art for Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies



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I forgot, where is it called Dragon Warrior, in the West or in Japan?

I think it was Dragon Warrior in Japan at the very beginning, then that became the standard US name and 'Quest' was used in Japan, until the series starting coming to the US on a regular basis, then it became Dragon Quest as a standard. I could be pulling that out of some random orifice, but for some reason it's what sprang to mind Smilie

In Europe, none of the games were released...until the first Dragon Quest here, which was Dragon Quest VIII on PS2. Shocking, come to think of it! Smilie

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