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Dragon Quest X storms the Japanese chart

Weekly Wii sales quadruple on the back of the MMORPG's release

Dragon Quest X has debuted at No.1 on the Japanese software chart for the week ended August 5, selling 420,000 units in four days on the market.

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The first numbered entry in the series for Wii (it's also set for release on Wii U), the game failed to live up to the first week sales achieved by past numbered DQ games including Dragon Quest IX on DS (2,353,440 sales in two days in 2009) and Dragon Quest VIII on PS2 (2,237,000 sales in two days in 2004).

Andriasang reports that the lower sales can be explained by the fact that it's a subscription-based online title - Square's Final Fantasy XI lacked the unit sales of other entries in the series, but it has apparently been the most profitable game in the series to date.

Square Enix is reportedly set to support Dragon Quest X with new downloadable content for ten years, and release title updates every ten weeks.

Dragon Quest X's launch helped boost weekly Wii sales from 10,500 units to 41,500. 3DS topped the hardware rankings with 118,786 sales, while PSP continued to outsell its successor Vita.

Weekly software sales (life to date)

  1. Dragon Quest X (Wii, Square Enix) 420,311 (New)
  2. New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS, Nintendo) 213,863 (644,048)
  3. Pokemon Black & White 2 (DS, Pokemon) 51,342 (2,525,465)
  4. Demon Training (3DS, Nintendo) 29,170 (75,698)
  5. Just Dance Wii 2 (Wii, Nintendo) 28,553 (89,935)
  6. All Kamen Rider Rider Generation 2 (DS, Namco Bandai) 20,667 (New)
  7. Taiko Drum Master Chibi Dragon and the Mysterious Orb (3DS, Bamco Nandai) 16,394 (133,261)
  8. Digimon World Redigitize (PSP, Namco Bandai) 16,162 (119,507)
  9. Kirby 20th Anniversary Special Collection (Wii, Nintendo) 15,414 (147,134)
  10. Persona 4 Arena (PS3, Atlus) 15,176 (132,494)

Weekly hardware sales (previous week)

  1. 3DS: 118,786 (235,974)
  2. Wii: 41,561 (10,549)
  3. PS3: 14,544 (18,160)
  4. PSP: 11,989 (14,029)
  5. Vita: 8,203 (9,081)
  6. Xbox 360: 605 (632)
  7. PS2: 430 (439)
  8. DSi: 372 (496)

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