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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.

Software salesEdit

Dragon Quest software sales
Year Title Platforms Sales
(millions)
Sales
breakdown
Gross
(million US$)
(no inflation)
Ref Gross
(million US$)
(with inflation)
1990 Dragon Quest I–III
(Roto trilogy)
13.025 994.63 2221
1986 Dragon Quest I 4.41 325.3 726
1986 Dragon Quest NES 2 135 [4] 301
1993 Dragon Quest I・II 1.92
  • SNES: 1.2 million (JP)[2]
  • GBC: 720,000 (JP)[5]
190 [6] 321.9
2011 Dragon Quest 25th Anniversary:
Dragon Quest I・II・III
Wii 0.39
  • JP: 387,114[7]
2013 Dragon Quest
(remake)
Android 0.1 100,000+[8] 0.3 [9] 0.32
1986 Dragon Quest II 4.87 371.33 800
1987 Dragon Quest II NES 2.55
  • JP: 2.4 million[2]
  • US: 150,000[3]
181.3 [10] 391
1993 Dragon Quest I・II 1.92
  • SNES: 1.2 million (JP)[2]
  • GBC: 720,000 (JP)[5]
190 [6] 321.9
2011 Dragon Quest 25th Anniversary:
Dragon Quest I・II・III
Wii 0.39
  • JP: 387,114[7]
2014 Dragon Quest II:
Luminaries of the Legendary Line
Android 0.01 10,000+[11] 0.03 [12] 0.03
1988 Dragon Quest III 6.445 488 1010
1988 Dragon Quest III NES 3.895
  • JP: 3.8 million[2]
  • US: 95,000[3]
310 [n 1] 641
1996 Dragon Quest III:
The Seeds of Salvation
2.16
  • SNES: 1.4 million (JP)[2]
  • GBC: 750,000 (JP)[13]
  • Android: 10,000+[14]
178 [n 2] 278
2011 Dragon Quest 25th Anniversary:
Dragon Quest I・II・III
Wii 0.39
  • JP: 387,114[7]
1990 Dragon Quest IV–VI
(Zenithia trilogy)
16.613 1801.24 3374
1990 Dragon Quest IV 5.973 557 1043
1990 Dragon Quest IV NES 3.18
  • JP: 3.1 million[2]
  • US: 80,000[3]
359.34 [n 3] 673
2001 Dragon Quest IV:
Chapters of the Chosen
2.793
  • PS: 1.202 million (JP)[15]
  • NDS: 1.581 million[16]
  • Android: 10,000+[17]
197.5 [n 4] 273
1992 Dragon Quest V 6.216 674 1175
1992 Dragon Quest V SNES 2.8
  • JP: 2.8 million[2]
356 [n 5] 621
2004 Dragon Quest V:
Hand of the Heavenly Bride
  • PS2
  • NDS
  • Android
3.416
  • PS2: 1.836 million (JP)[n 6]
  • NDS: 1.57 million[20]
  • Android: 10,000+[21]
318 [n 7] 412
1995 Dragon Quest VI 4.7 598.2 961
1995 Dragon Quest VI SNES 3.2
  • JP: 3.2 million[2]
483.2 [22] 776
2010 Dragon Quest VI:
Realms of Revelation
  • NDS
  • Android
1.5 115 [26] 129
2000 Dragon Quest VII 5.565 435.32 619
2000 Dragon Quest VII PS1 4.29
  • JP: 4.11 million[5]
  • US: 177,147[27]
346.02 [n 9] 491.7
2013 Dragon Quest VII:
Fragments of the Forgotten Past
3DS 1.275 89.3 [n 11] 93.8
2004 Dragon Quest VIII 5.809 540 700
2004 Dragon Quest VIII:
Journey of the Cursed King
PS2 4.9 539 [32] 698
2013 Dragon Quest VIII:
Journey of the Cursed King
  • Android
  • 3DS
0.909
  • Android: 50,000+[33]
  • 3DS: 859,000 (JP)[34]
0.8 [35] 1
2009 Dragon Quest IX–XI 9.492 727.1 829
2009 Dragon Quest IX:
Sentinels of the Starry Skies
NDS 5.35 382.1 [37] 436
2012 Dragon Quest X
Online
1.142 345 [39] 368
2017 Dragon Quest XI 3
1998 Dragon Quest Monsters
series
10.37 490.22 736
1998 Dragon Quest Monsters:
Terry's Wonderland
3.25
  • GBC: 2.35 million (JP[2]
  • 3DS: 899,410[7]
490.22 [41] 736
2001 Dragon Quest Monsters 2:
Mysterious Key of Martha
  • GBC
  • 3DS
2.3952
  • GBC: 1.593 million[15]
  • 3DS: 802,173[42]
2003 Dragon Quest Monsters:
Caravan Heart
GBA 0.5935
2006 Dragon Quest Monsters:
Joker
NDS 1.5425
2010 Dragon Quest Monsters:
Joker 2
NDS 1.8161
  • Original: 1,283,423 (JP)[7]
  • Professional: 532,656 (JP)[7]
2016 Dragon Quest Monsters:
Joker 3
3DS 0.7727
  • Original: 609,603 (JP)[45]
  • Professional: 163,058 (JP)[46]
2001 Fushigi no Dungeon
series
1.692 122 179
1999 Dragon Quest Characters:
Torneko no Daibouken 2
0.7593
  • PS: 578,227 (JP)[47]
  • GBA: 181,024 (JP)[43]
122 [48] 179
2002 Dragon Quest Characters:
Torneko no Daibouken 3
0.631
  • PS2: 513,796 (JP)[49]
  • GBA: 116,948 (JP)[43]
2006 Shounen Yangus no
Fushigina Daibouken
PS2 0.302
2004 Itadaki Street series 1.0243 51 66
2004 Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy
in Itadaki Street Special
PS2 0.46 51 [53] 66
2006 Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy
in Itadaki Street Portable
PSP 0.1543
2007 Itadaki Street DS NDS 0.41
2003 Slime series 0.7443
2003 Dragon Quest:
Slime Morimori
GBA 0.3462
  • JP: 346,190[7]
2005 Dragon Quest Heroes:
Rocket Slime
NDS 0.3175
  • JP: 317,450[7]
2003 Dragon Quest:
Slime Morimori 3
3DS 0.0806
2015 Dragon Quest Heroes
series
1.723 102.43 105.75
2015 Dragon Quest Heroes:
The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below
1.067
  • PS3/PS4: 1 million[57]
  • Steam: 67,000[58]
102.43 [59] 105.75
2016 Dragon Quest Heroes II
  • PS3
  • PS4
  • PSV
  • Steam
0.63
  • PS3: 114,378 (JP)[45]
  • PS4: 266,761 (JP)[45]
  • PSV: 207,838 (JP)[45]
  • Steam: 37,040[60]
2017 Dragon Quest Heroes I+II Switch 0.026
Other spin-offs
2003 Slime Morimori Dragon Quest:
Shougeki no Shippo Dan
GBA 0.3463
2008 Dragon Quest Swords Wii 0.4961
2010 Dragon Quest:
Monster Battle Road Victory
Wii 0.3045
  • JP: 307,453[7]
2016 Dragon Quest Builders
  • PS3
  • PS4
  • PSV
1.1
Series total 70 5236.5 11691

ArcadeEdit

Year Game Hardware sales Gross
(no inflation)
Gross
(with inflation)
2007 Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road 3,500[62] $327.2 million[n 19] $386 million

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
  2. Dragon Quest III revenue:
    • 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
  3. Dragon Quest IV sales revenues:
    • NES: 3.18 million units of Dragon Quest IV in Japan at ¥9180 ($113) = $359.34 million
  4. Dragon Quest IV sales revenues:
    • Playstation: 1.202 million units at ¥7344 ($71) [5] each = $85.342 million
    • Nintendo DS: $112 million
      • Japan: 1.3205 million units at ¥5646 ($74) each = $98 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
  5. Dragon Quest V sales revenue:
    • Super Famicom: 2.8 million units (by March 2000)[18] at ¥10,368 ($127) = $356 million
  6. Dragon Quest V (PS2) Japan sales:
    • Original release: 1.64 million[2]
    • Ultimate Hits: 195,960[19]
  7. Dragon Quest V sales revenue:
    • PlayStation 2: 1.836 million units at ¥8424 ($111) = $204 million
    • Nintendo DS: $114 million
      • Japan: 1.44 million units at ¥5646 ($74) = $107 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
  8. Dragon Quest VI (3DS)
    • Japan: 1.35 million[2]
    • United States: 50,000 (February 2011 retail sales according to NPD)[23][24]
  9. 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
  10. September 2016 retail sales (NPD)[28]
  11. Dragon Quest VII sales revenue:
    • Nintendo 3DS (2013) release: 1.275 million units at ¥6090 ($70) each = $89.3 million
  12. Dragon Quest VIII (PS2) Japan sales:
    • Original release: 3.6 million[2]
    • Ultimate Hits: 149,701[29]
  13. Dragon Quest VIII (PS2) worldwide sales: 4.9 million units[31]
  14. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker (Japan)
    • Original release: 1,458,149[44]
    • Ultimate Hits: 84,323[7]
  15. Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Special (Japan)
  16. Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable (Japan)
  17. Dragon Quest Swords (Japan)
    • Original release: 490,000[56]
    • Ultimate Hits: 6,116
  18. Dragon Quest Builders worldwide sales: 1.1 million units[61]
  19. Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road
    • ¥4.5 billion from June 2007 to March 2008[63]
      • Currency conversion: $56.731 million[64]
    • ¥1.7 billion from April 2008 to September 2008[65]
      • Currency conversion: $21.4317 million[64]
    • 2 million cards at $1.24 = $249 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. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 Japan Platinum Game Chart. The Magic Box. Retrieved on 2017-05-22.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 http://web.archive.org/web/20071021081552/www.planetnintendo.com/alefgard/dqhistory.asp
  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.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Titles of game software with worldwide shipments exceeding 1 million copies. Square Enix. Retrieved on 2008-10-16.
  6. 6.0 6.1 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
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 http://garaph.info/softwaregroup.php?grid=192
  8. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.square_enix.android_googleplay.dq1_gp
  9. Dragon Quest revenue:
    • Android: 100,000+ units at $2.99 = $300,000
  10. Dragon Quest II revenue:
    • NES: $181.3 million
      • Japan: 2.4 million units at ¥5775 ($72) each = $173 million
      • United States: 150,000 units at $54.99 = $8.25 million
  11. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.square_enix.android_googleplay.dq2_gp
  12. Dragon Quest II revenue:
    • Android: 10,000+ units at $2.99 = $30,000
  13. Dragon Quest III sales:
    • Japan: 5.95 million (NES 3.8 million, SNES 1.4 million, GBC 750,000)
  14. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.square_enix.android_googleplay.dq3_gp
  15. 15.0 15.1 Dragon Quest Sales History. Chart Get (2008-07-31). Retrieved on 2009-02-07.
  16. Dragon Quest IV, DS sales:
    • Japan: 1.3205 million
    • Overseas: 260,000 (110,000 in North America, 150,000 in Europe)
  17. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.square_enix.android_googleplay.dq4
  18. http://web.archive.org/web/20071021081552/www.planetnintendo.com/alefgard/dqhistory.asp
  19. http://garaph.info/softwareindividual.php//gid/2470
  20. Dragon Quest V, DS sales:
  21. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.square_enix.android_googleplay.dq5
  22. Dragon Quest VI
  23. http://gamerinvestments.com/video-game-stocks/index.php/2011/03/10/february-2011-npd-u-s-hardware-and-software-sales-data/
  24. February 2011 Video Game Sales Down 5%
  25. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.square_enix.android_googleplay.dq6
  26. Dragon Quest VI
    • Nintendo DS: 1.4 million units at ¥6150 ($81) = $113.4 million
    • Android: 100,000+ units at $14.99 = $1.5 million
  27. US Sales (1995-2003)
  28. http://nintendoeverything.com/september-2016-npd-debut-yo-kai-watch-2-and-dragon-quest-vii-sales-wii-u-and-3ds-hardware-performance/
  29. http://garaph.info/softwareindividual.php//gid/2471
  30. Niizumi, Hirohiko (January 30, 2006). Four million Dragon Quest VIIIs shipped. GameSpot. Retrieved on February 9, 2007.
  31. Dragon Quest IX: About the Developers. Level-5 (2009-03-31). Retrieved on 2012-02-26.
  32. Dragon Quest VIII revenue:
    • PS2 - 4.9 million units at ¥9504 ($110) = $539 million
  33. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.square_enix.android_googleplay.dq8
  34. https://www.neogaf.com/threads/media-create-sales-cy-2016-2016-jan-04-2017-jan-01.1427978/
  35. Dragon Quest VIII revenue:
    • Android: 50,000+ at $14.99 = $750,000
  36. Ishaan (January 27, 2011). Here's How Much Dragon Quest IX Sold Overseas. Siliconera. Retrieved on 2011-02-01.
  37. Dragon Quest IX revenue:
    • Japan: 4.33 million units at ¥6150 ($76) = $329.1 million
    • North America & Europe: 1.02 million units at $51.50 (average price) = $53 million
  38. Dragon Quest X Online:
  39. 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
  40. https://gematsu.com/2017/08/dragon-quest-xi-sales-stronger-ps4-track-meet-lower-end-sales-target
  41. 7.7812 million units at ¥6458 ($63)
  42. Nutt, Christian (8 July 2015). Pokemon is dethroned: Japan's bestselling games for 2014. UBM TechWeb. Retrieved on 9 July 2015.
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 43.3 Nintendo GBA Japanese Ranking. Japan Game Charts (2008-07-08). Archived from the original on December 30, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-07-11.
  44. https://web.archive.org/web/20090303232642/www.japan-gamecharts.com/ds.php
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 45.3 45.4 https://web.archive.org/web/20161111071422/geimin.net/da/db/2016_ne_fa/index.php
  46. 46.0 46.1 http://nintendoeverything.com/media-create-sales-22717-3517/
  47. 1999 Top 100 Best Selling Japanese Console Games
  48. 1.692 million units at ¥7344 [7][8][9] ($72)
  49. 49.0 49.1 Sony PS2 Japanese Ranking. Japan-GameCharts. Retrieved on 2009-07-23.
  50. http://www.the-magicbox.com/Chart-BestSell2004.shtml
  51. http://www.the-magicbox.com/Chart-BestSell2005.shtml
  52. http://garaph.info/softwareindividual.php//gid/3390
  53. 614,293 units at ¥7344 ($83)
  54. 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.
  55. 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)
  56. 56.0 56.1 FY2007 First-Half Period Results Briefing Session. Square Enix (2007-11-19). Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved on 2009-01-13.
  57. Romano, Sal (July 28, 2015). Dragon Quest Heroes II Slated Spring 2016 in Japan. Gematsu. Retrieved on July 28, 2015.
  58. http://steamspy.com/app/410850
  59. 1.067 million units at ¥8424 ($96)
  60. https://steamspy.com/app/574050
  61. https://www.gamer.ne.jp/news/201612010014/
  62. FY2007 First-Half Period Results Briefing Session. Square Enix (2007-11-19). Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved on 2009-01-13.
  63. Outline of Results Briefing. Square Enix (23 May 2008). Retrieved on 18 May 2012.
  64. 64.0 64.1 Currency Conversion. XE.com. Retrieved on 13 April 2012.
  65. Outline of Results Briefing by SQUARE ENIX HOLDINGS held on November 7, 2008. Square-Enix.com. Retrieved on 20 December 2008.


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