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Dragon Quest IX is Q3 big three best-seller

By Phil Elliott

Thu 05 Nov 2009 10:42am GMT / 5:42am EST / 2:42am PST

Square Enix title shifts over 3.9 million units to beat Wii Sports Resort into second

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Dragon Quest IX was the best-selling videogame in the key three markets of Japan, the UK and the UK, selling 3.93 million units in the three months to the end of September this year, according to new data released by the NPD, GfK Chart-Track and Enterbrain alliance.

Wii Sports Resort was second on 3.0 million, while Madden NFL 10 was third with 2.6 million. Pokemon Heartgold/Soulsilver and Halo 3: ODST rounded out the top five on 2.1 million and 1.8 million respectively.

Both Dragon Quest and Pokemon titles have only been released in Japan so far, so all sales have come from that region alone.

By comparison Wii Sports Resort sold 1.7 million units in the US, 841,000 in Japan and 465,000 in the UK.

The vast majority of Madden sales were, unsurprisingly, in the US, with just 30,000 of the total from the UK.

The full list is as follows:

  • 1. Dragon Quest IX: 3,925,000
  • 2. Wii Sports Resort: 3,014,000
  • 3. Madden NFL 10: 2,612,000
  • 4. Pokemon Heartgold/Soulsilver: 2,068,000
  • 5. Halo 3: ODST: 1,847,000

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1 Comment

Not trying to be difficult but this is a little misleading. The data is basically USA+Japan+UK (as implied but not directly stated in the article) - together they represent around 65% of total worldwide game sales, so hardly "global" sales.

In fact, if you take into account that the in the remaining 35% of worldwide markets that are missing (Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Benelux, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia, South + Central America), Wii Sports Resort was available to buy whereas DQ IX was only available in Japan then in actual fact WSR is globally the best selling game over that timeframe, and other western games will feature much more strongly than they do here.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Brett Walton on 5th November 2009 2:07pm

Posted:6 years ago


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