Big in Japan: Dragon Quest IX goes triple platinum

Square Enix DS role-playing game approaches 3 million mark in second week as Konami's latest baseball game Pro Yakuu Spirits 6 comes out swinging.

After Dragon Quest IX sold a staggering 2.3 million copies on its first week of sale in Japan, there was little doubt that the Square Enix role-playing game was beginning an extended stay near the top of the sales charts. Tracking firm Media Create today released its sales figures for the week of July 13-19, and Dragon Quest IX pushed its two-week total to nearly 3 million by selling an additional 612,671 copies.

Dragon Quest IX should be on the Japanese sales charts for some time.

As for new releases, Konami's Pro Yakyuu Spirits 6 for the PlayStation 3 took the second spot on the charts, selling nearly 74,000 copies in its debut week. The PlayStation 2 edition of the long-running baseball sim was no slouch either, taking fifth with just under 50,000 sold.

The only other newcomer to the charts finished a distant sixth behind the PS2 edition of Pro Yakyuu. Ys I & II Chronicles for the PSP, a remake of the first two installments in the Falcom RPG series, sold through 18,660 copies for the week.

On the portable front, there was little change to the status quo. The DSi dominated the competition with nearly 97,000 units sold, as the PSP lagged in second with just over 24,000 systems sold. Likely aided by Dragon Quest IX, the DS Lite continued its recent resurgence, finishing in fourth with nearly 10,000 sold.

There was a slight bit of movement in the home consoles, but only at the bottom. The Wii again topped the set-top systems with 20,807 sold, well ahead of the PS3's 8,865 tally. And even though the PS2 sales dropped slightly week-over-week to 3,352, that was still enough to push the Xbox 360 to the bottom of the charts, with just 2,899 systems sold.

Week of July 13-19, 2009
Software:
1) Dragon Quest IX (DS) - 612,671
2) Pro Yakyuu Spirits 6 (PS3) - 73,773
3) Wii Sports Resort (WII) - 72,291
4) Tomodachi Collection (DS) - 60,611
5) Pro Yakyuu Spirits 6 (PS2) - 49,832
6) Ys I & II Chronicles (PSP) - 18,660
7) Boku no Natsuyasumi 4: Seitouchi Shounen Tanteidan, Boku to Himitsu no Chizu (PSP) - 17,423
8) Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (PSP) - 15,091
9) Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP) - 11,215
10) Pokemon Platinum (DS) - 9,156

Hardware:
DSi - 96,986
PSP - 24,053
Wii - 20,807
DS Lite - 9,932
PS3 - 8,865
PS2 - 3,352
Xbox 360 - 2,899

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18 comments
psylocke8
psylocke8

I bow to the Japanese for making and loving the DQ series so much. I feel like I am one of the few Americans who understands how great and unique this series is. I hope since they sold so many copies in Japan that they will bring DQ IX and DQ VI to the USA soon. I love...I love it...I LOVE IT!

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

we want dqix in america now!!! (in english of course).

gameking5000
gameking5000

The Wii continues to's rule over the PS3 and the Xbox 360 :)

gam3r3OOO
gam3r3OOO

I suppose I can wait until it gets translated for my region, either that or I'll be learning japanese rather soon and quickly. I love the Dragon Quest Series (I especially like the new look of the game since Dragon Quest 8). They have been working on this game for a while.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

hey what happened to yakuza on top of charts it was up for what about 2 months lol , , thats worst then goldeneye ., 007 for a system that sold 34 million-the n64, goldeneye satr on top for months , lol 2 game of the yr awards -1 for 97 1 for 98 ,, whats yakuza gonna get, , , hmm how bout the ps3 perhaps,

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

nintendo you gooo ,, some one hit the jackpot and some one hit the dry pot lol , make that a shared dry pot

tarvin
tarvin

Man im so ready for DQ IX to come out in America

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

Looks like Nintendo guessed right when they released the Wii motion plus to help get people interested in the Wii again.

da_illest101
da_illest101

Boku no Natsuyasumi 4: Seitouchi Shounen Tanteidan, Boku to Himitsu no Chizu. runner up for this year longest title in video game

Max1363
Max1363

not surprised... Remember last year the days that PS3 was selling around 3,000 a week...

Bigcol1611
Bigcol1611

Dragon Quest IX rocks!! I want it now, might start that 'speak japanese' course soon! They havent taken to the 360 at all!!! :(

TalesofRaGnArOk
TalesofRaGnArOk

I hope they keep the boxart the same for DQIX, if they're bringing it to the states

NuKkU
NuKkU

man dragon quest man really owning the Japanese market i expect it too continue its lead for the next 2 weeks or so

teknicz
teknicz

Looking forward to the English translation of DQIX.

Dgalmun
Dgalmun

Holy crap! Sales are going to crazy! DSi may suck but it's getting lots of sales.

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

DSi and DQIX are on fire. Both sold more than everything combined in their respective list........ LOL, PS2 outsold 360 again.