Dragon Quest XI Reigns Supreme in Japan, Sells Over 2 Million copies in 2 days

Is Dragon’s Quest the most beloved RPG series in Japan? Recent numbers show it could very well be a top contender for that crown. After just two days Dragon Quest XI has sold well over 2 million copies. The game was released July 29th on Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4. It’s estimated that roughly 1.1 million units were sold on the 3DS, while the PS4 version moved 950k. What makes this number even more impressive is that digital sales have not been added to the grand total yet. A Nintendo Switch version of the game is also planned to be released in the future.

In comparison to other popular game franchises Pokemon Sun & Moon sold 1.9 million copies after three days of sales. Final Fantasy XV managed to sell 694k in one week, while The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild shifted 230k units after three days.

The very first Dragon Quest game was released in 1986 for the Famicon/NES and has since went on to become one of the most successful RPG franchises. The game has become renowned for it’s classic turn-based game play, beloved slime mascot, and art by Akira Toriyama (Dragonball, Dr. Slump, Chrono Trigger)

Dragon Quest XI is scheduled to be released overseas sometime in 2018. A trailer for Dragon Quest XI can be seen below the jump.

(via IGN & novacrystallis)

  • Comments

    • Babi Hong

      is zelda more popular in north america and europe compared to japan? it sold a good number, but i would expect it to be more

      • Thomas

        Yes, Japan was never THAT into the Zelda series. The game did much better in the west.

    • Not surprised to see DQ re-confirm its status as a title that is at a tier above FF domestically. That said, I do not expect DQXI to outpace the likes of Sun/Moon or Animal Crossing: NL in the long run as the sales trajectories of the core DQ games are almost always front-loaded (DQIX being the rare exception thanks to the StreetPass elements).

      The more interesting sales clash will be between it and Ultra Sun/Moon.

    • eplizo

      WOW. I knew it would do well, but I didn’t quite think it would do THIS well. It’s amazing that it even managed to outdo Pokemon.