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 Dragon Quest IX  Tops Global Third Quarter With Nearly 4 Million Units

Dragon Quest IX Tops Global Third Quarter With Nearly 4 Million Units

November 5, 2009 | By Leigh Alexander

November 5, 2009 | By Leigh Alexander
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Square Enix's DS title Dragon Quest IX sold 3,925,000 units between its July launch and September -- making it the calendar quarter's top-selling title despite launching only in Japan. So says a new report that integrates metrics from the U.S.'s NPD group, the UK's GfK Chart-Track, and Japan's Enterbrain.

The success of DQIX played a major role in making Japan the only region among the world's three major video game markets -- which also include the U.S. and the UK -- to show unit sales growth over the quarter.

Wii Sports Resort was the quarter's second best-selling title. It launched late in June in Japan and late in July in the U.S. and the UK, and has sold a total 3,014,000 units across all three markets, although the U.S. release has thus far seen nearly twice as many units sold as in Japan.

The third calendar quarter's top 5 titles were as follows:

1. Dragon Quest IX (Square Enix, DS)
Total: 3,925,000
US: N/A
Japan: 3,925,000
UK: N/A

2. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Wii)
Total: 3,014,000
US: 1,708,000
Japan: 841,000
UK: 465,000

3. Madden NFL 2010 (Electronic Arts, Xbox 360/PS3/Wii/PS2/PSP)
Total: 2,612,000
US: 2,583,000
Japan: N/A
UK: 30,000

4. Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver (Nintendo, DS)
Total: 2,068,000
US: N/A
Japan: 2,068,000
UK: N/A

5. Halo 3: ODST (Microsoft, Xbox 360)
Total: 1,847,000
US: 1,521,000
Japan: 33,000
UK: 294,000


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