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Dragon Quest (Dragon Warrior in North America) is a franchise created by Enix (now Square-Enix). The series have been commercially and critically successful; it is one of the best selling video game franchises, with over 70 million sales as of December 2016,[1] and more than $10 billion gross revenue.

Along with Final Fantasy and Pokemon, it is one of the most popular RPG franchises in Japan. It usually only goes to the system with the largest install base. Additionally, there's an unsubstantiated rumor that Japan passed a law that Dragon Quest games couldn't be released on a weekday due to the number of people that would call in "sick" that day.

SalesEdit

Dragon Quest sales
Year Title Platforms Sales
(millions)
Sales
breakdown
Gross
(million US$)
(no inflation)
Ref Gross
(million US$)
(with inflation)
1986 Dragon Quest I & II 6.53 507 1108
1986 Dragon Quest 2.05
  • NES: 2 million[2]
  • Android: 50,000+[3]
135.2 [4] 295
1987 Dragon Quest II
  • NES
  • Android
2.56
  • NES: 2.55 million[5]
  • Android: 10,000+[6]
181.3 [7] 382
1993 Dragon Quest I・II 1.92
  • SNES: 1.2 million (JP)
  • GBC: 720,000 (JP)[8]
190 [9] 315
1988 Dragon Quest III 6.046 488 988
1988 Dragon Quest III 6.046
  • NES: 3.895 million
  • SNES: 1.4 million (JP)
  • GBC: 750,000 (JP)[10]
  • Android: 10,000+[11]
488 [n 1] 988
1990 Zenithia trilogy
(Dragon Quest IV to VI)
16.46 1792.44 3286
1990 Dragon Quest IV 5.92 553 [n 2] 1014
1992 Dragon Quest V 5.94
  • SNES: 2.8 million (JP)[13]
  • PS2: 1.64 million (JP)
  • NDS: 1.49 million[16]
  • Android: 10,000+[17]
646.04 [n 3] 1103
1995 Dragon Quest VI
  • SNES
  • NDS
  • Android
4.6
  • SNES: 3.2 million (JP)
  • NDS: 1.35 million (JP)[19]
  • Android: 50,000+[20]
593.4 [21] 933
2000 Dragon Quest VII to X 16.902 1697.22 2360.4
2000 Dragon Quest VII 5.53
  • PS: 4,287,147[22]
  • 3DS: 1.24 million (JP)[13]
433.02 [n 4] 602.2
2004 Dragon Quest VIII
  • PS2
  • Android
4.91 539.2 [26] 684
2009 Dragon Quest IX NDS 5.32
  • JP: 4.3 million[27]
  • NA/EU: 1.02 million[28]
380 [29] 424
2012 Dragon Quest X
Online
1.142
  • JP: 1.142 million[30]
345 [31] 360
1998 Dragon Quest Monsters 6.01 379 557
1998 Dragon Quest Monsters GBC 2.35
  • JP: 2.35 million
379 [32] 557
2001 Dragon Quest Monsters 2 GBC 1.593
  • JP: 1.593 million
2003 Caravan Heart GBA 0.5935
2006 Joker NDS 1.47
  • JP: 1.47 million
2001 Fushigi no Dungeon 1.692 122 175
1999 Dragon Quest Characters:
Toruneko no Daibouken 2
0.7593
  • PS: 578,227 (JP)[34]
  • GBA: 181,024 (JP)[33]
122 [35] 175
2002 Dragon Quest Characters:
Toruneko no Daibouken 3
0.631
  • PS2: 513,796 (JP)[36]
  • GBA: 116,948 (JP)[33]
2006 Shounen Yangus no
Fushigina Daibouken
PS2 0.302
2004 Dragon Quest &
Final Fantasy
0.824 68.4 87
2004 Itadaki Street Special PS2 0.67
  • 2004: 241,857 (JP)[37]
  • 2005: 194,673 (JP)[38]
  • 2008: 19,233 (JP)[39]
68.4 [40] 87
2006 Itadaki Street Portable PSP 0.154
  • 2006: 110,823 (JP)[41]
  • 2008: 43,460 (JP)[39]
Other spin-offs 1.9 182.4 237
2003 Slime Morimori Dragon Quest:
Shougeki no Shippo Dan
GBA 0.3463 182.4 [42] 237
2008 Dragon Quest Swords Wii 0.49
  • JP: 490,000
2015 Dragon Quest Heroes 1.042
Series total 68 5236.5 11441

Recent titlesEdit

Dragon Quest IXEdit

Dragon Quest IX was announced for the Nintendo DS portable system on December 12, 2006, marking the first time a main series entry releasing exclusively on a handheld. At the time, it was considered a "megaton."[10]

Dragon Quest XEdit

Dragon Quest X was announced for the Wii on December 10, 2008, exactly two years after Square-Enix announced Dragon Quest IX would be going to the Nintendo DS. This unexpected announcement, considered a "megaton", will bring a much needed high-caliber RPG on the Wii.[11] Prior to the announcement, there were rumors of a DQIX port to the Wii.

NotesEdit

  1. Dragon Quest III revenue:
    • Dragon Quest III on Famicom: 3.8 million units at ¥6500 ($80) = $304 million
    • Dragon Warrior III on NES: 95,000 units at $59.99 [1][2] = $6 million
    • Dragon Quest III on Super Famicom: 1.4 million units, at ¥9396 ($91) [3] each = $127.4 million
    • Dragon Quest III on Game Boy Color in Japan: 750,000 units at ¥6912 ($67) each [4] = $50.3 million
    • Android: 10,000+ units at $9.99 = $100,000
  2. Dragon Quest IV sales revenues:
    • NES: 3.18 million units of Dragon Quest IV in Japan at ¥9180 ($113) = $359.34 million
    • Playstation: 1.2 million units at ¥7344 ($71) [5] each = $85.2 million
    • Nintendo DS: $108 million
      • Japan: 1.27 million units at ¥5646 ($74) each = $94 million
      • North America: 110,000 units at $39.99 each = $4.4 million
      • Europe: 150,000 units at £29.99 ($61) <1-- [6] --> each = $9.2 million
    • Android: 10,000+ units at $14.99 = $150,000
  3. Dragon Quest V sales revenue:
    • Super Famicom: 2.8 million units (by March 2000)[18] at ¥10,368 ($127) = $356 million
    • PlayStation 2: 1.64 million units at ¥8424 ($111) = $182.04 million
    • Nintendo DS: $108 million
      • Japan: 1.36 million units at ¥5646 ($74) = $101 million
      • North America: 60,000 units at $39.99 = $2.4 million
      • Europe: 70,000 units at £29.99 ($61) = $4.3 million
    • Android: 10,000+ units at $14.99 = $150,000
  4. Dragon Quest VII sales revenue:
    • PlayStation (2000) release: $346.02 million
      • Japan: 4.11 million units at ¥8424 ($82) each = $337.02 million
      • United States: 177,147 units at $47.99 each = $9 million
    • Nintendo 3DS (2013) release: 1.24 million units (Japan) at ¥6090 ($70) each = $87 million


ReferencesEdit

  1. Square Enix Kicks Off Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Celebration. Square Enix (January 31, 2017). Archived from the original on February 1, 2017. Retrieved on February 1, 2017.
  2. Dragon Quest sales:
  3. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.square_enix.android_googleplay.dq1_gp
  4. Dragon Quest revenue:
    • NES: $135 million
      • Japan: 1.5 million units at ¥5940 ($73) = $110 million
      • United States: 500,000 units at $50 = $25 million
        • Kohler, Chris (2004). "8 – Lost in Translation: This Game are Sick". Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life. Indianapolis, IN: BradyGames. pp. 222–223. ISBN 978-0-7440-0424-3.
    • Android: 50,000+ units at $2.99 = $150,000
  5. Dragon Quest II sales:
  6. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.square_enix.android_googleplay.dq2_gp
  7. Dragon Quest II revenue:
    • NES:
      • Japan: 2.4 million units at ¥5775 ($72) each = $173 million
      • United States: 150,000 units at $54.99 = $8.25 million
    • Android: 10,000+ units at $2.99 = $30,000
  8. 8.0 8.1 Titles of game software with worldwide shipments exceeding 1 million copies. Square Enix. Retrieved on 2008-10-16.
  9. Dragon Quest I & II:
    • SNES: 1.2 million units at ¥10,368 ($127) = $152.4 million
    • Game Boy Color: 720,000 units at ¥5292 ($52) = $37.44 million
  10. Dragon Quest III sales:
    • Japan: 5.95 million (NES 3.8 million, SNES 1.4 million, GBC 750,000)
    • United States: 95,000 (NES)
  11. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.square_enix.android_googleplay.dq3_gp
  12. Dragon Quest IV, NES sales:
    • Japan: 3.1 million
    • United States: 80,000
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Japan Platinum Game Chart. The Magic Box. Retrieved on 2008-05-22.
  14. Dragon Quest IV, DS sales:
  15. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.square_enix.android_googleplay.dq4
  16. Dragon Quest V, DS sales:
  17. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.square_enix.android_googleplay.dq5
  18. http://web.archive.org/web/20071021081552/www.planetnintendo.com/alefgard/dqhistory.asp
  19. http://www.the-magicbox.com/Chart-JPPlatinum.shtml
  20. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.square_enix.android_googleplay.dq6
  21. Dragon Quest VI
    • Super Famicom: 3.2 million units (by March 2000) at ¥12,312 ($151) = $483.2 million
    • Nintendo DS: 1.35 million units (Japan) at ¥6150 ($81) = $109.4 million
    • Android: 50,000+ units at $14.99 = $750,000
  22. Dragon Quest VII (PlayStation) sales:
  23. Dragon Quest IX: About the Developers. Level-5 (2009-03-31). Retrieved on 2012-02-26.
  24. Japan: 3.6 million
  25. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.square_enix.android_googleplay.dq8
  26. Dragon Quest VIII revenue:
    • PS2 - 4.9 million units at ¥9504 ($110) = $539 million
    • Android: 10,000+ at $14.99 = $150,000
  27. http://kotaku.com/5933175/dragon-quest-x-is-both-forward-thinking-and-backwards-at-the-same-time
  28. Ishaan (January 27, 2011). Here's How Much Dragon Quest IX Sold Overseas. Siliconera. Retrieved on 2011-02-01.
  29. Dragon Quest IX revenue:
    • Japan: 4.3 million units at ¥6150 ($76) = $327 million
    • North America & Europe: 1.02 million units at $51.50 (average price) = $53 million
  30. Dragon Quest X Online:
  31. Dragon Quest X Online revenue:
    • Sales: $116 million
      • 2012-2013 - 1 million units at ¥8980 ($110) = $110 million
      • 3DS (2014) - 141,845 units at ¥4104 ($40) = $6 million
    • Subscriptions: $13 per month = $229 million
  32. 6.01 million units at ¥6458 ($63)
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 Nintendo GBA Japanese Ranking. Japan Game Charts (2008-07-08). Archived from the original on December 30, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-07-11.
  34. 1999 Top 100 Best Selling Japanese Console Games
  35. 1.692 million units at ¥7344 [7][8][9] ($72)
  36. 36.0 36.1 Sony PS2 Japanese Ranking. Japan-GameCharts. Retrieved on 2009-07-23.
  37. http://www.the-magicbox.com/Chart-BestSell2004.shtml
  38. http://www.the-magicbox.com/Chart-BestSell2005.shtml
  39. 39.0 39.1 GEIMIN.NET/2008年テレビゲームソフト売り上げTOP500(メディアクリエイト版)
  40. 824,000 units at ¥7344 ($83)
  41. Dragon Quest VII Already Sold 1 Million in Japan. Arkade.me (2013-02-13). Archived from the original on October 5, 2013. Retrieved on 2013-10-05.
  42. 1.9 million units at ¥8424 ($96)
  43. Romano, Sal (July 28, 2015). Dragon Quest Heroes II Slated Spring 2016 in Japan. Gematsu. Retrieved on July 28, 2015.
  44. http://steamspy.com/app/410850


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