Dragon Quest V for the DS made top 30 in Japanese game sales

Dragon Quest V

Famitsu‘s list of top-selling Japanese games of last week has released, with one particular game of note. All the usual suspects are there, Super Mario Maker 2 at the top, followed closely by Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Smash, baseball, Minecraft, and a slew of other recent and big-name releases make this a fairly typical sales numbers list. But if you read the headline, you already saw Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride.

The last time Dragon Quest V released was in 2015 for mobile devices. But that wasn’t the one on the list. The DS version, which released in 2008 in Japan, made it all the way to the 28th best-selling game in Japan last week. So how exactly did an 11-year-old game on a long unsupported handheld sell 1,905 copies out of nowhere?

Dragon Quest V, the movie

The answer is simple. A CGI film based on the game released just this week on Aug. 2. The film, Dragon Quest: Your Story, was directed by Takashi Yamazaki, who has made his name mostly off of adaptations of popular manga and anime. The film starred famous Japanese actors in voice roles such as Takeru Satoh, who has starred in the live-action Rurouni Kenshin films and Kamen Rider Den-O.

This isn’t the first time Dragon Quest has been adapted. Multiple anime series dating back to 1989 have been produced, as well as various manga adaptations. It’s a shame to say that many of these works fail to adapt Akira Toriyama’s iconic art style. Dragon Quest: Your Story looks nice, but without that Dragon Ball charm, is it even Dragon Quest?

Here is the full Switch-dominated sales listing courtesy of Gematsu:

  1. [NSW] Super Mario Maker 2 (Nintendo, 06/28/19) – 36,486 (454,569)

  2. [NSW] Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 07/26/19) – 35,804 (178,934)

  3. [NSW] Tsuri Spirits Nintendo Switch Version (Bandai Namco, 07/25/19) – 23,924 (71,624)

  4. [PS4] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2019 (Konami, 07/18/19) – 14,371 (216,894)

  5. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 9,947 (3,185,421)

  6. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 8,994 (2,389,407)

  7. [NSW] Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game (Sega, 07/25/19) – 8,311 (17,736)

  8. [NSW] Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Bundle Version Included) (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 7,634 (867,243)

  9. [NSW] Omega Labyrinth Life (D3 Publisher, 08/01/19) – 6,643 (New)

  10. [NSW] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu (Konami, 06/27/19) – 6,339 (128,530)

  11. [NSW] Rune Factory 4 Special (Marvelous, 07/25/19) – 6,280 (44,196)

  12. [NSW] Super Mario Party (Nintendo, 10/05/18) – 5,303 (1,071,530)

  13. [NSW] Yo-kai Watch 4: We’re Looking Up at the Same Sky (Level-5, 06/20/19) – 5,243 (244,208)

  14. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 4,587 (3,124,893)

  15. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 4,469 (1,371,866)

  16. [PS4] Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (Sega, 08/01/19) – 4,230 (New)

  17. [PS4] Monster Hunter: World (Best Price!) (Reissue) (Capcom, 07/18/19) – 4,046 (12,439)

  18. [PSV] Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2019 (Konami, 07/18/19) – 4,043 (56,302)

  19. [NSW] Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! (Bundle Editions Included) (Nintendo, 11/16/18) – 3,802 (1,590,134)

  20. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/11/19) – 3,556 (60,658)

  21. [NSW] Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (Sega, 08/01/19) – 3,180 (New)

  22. [PS4] Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game (Sega, 07/25/19) – 2,833 (6,983)

  23. [NSW] Sumikko Gurashi: Gakkou Seikatsu Hajimerun Desu (Nihon Columbia, 07/18/19) – 2,182 (11,740)

  24. [NSW] Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle (Koei Tecmo, 07/04/19) – 2,065 (33,744)

  25. [PS4] Kingdom Come: Deliverance (DMM Games, 07/18/19) – 1,999 (19,009)

  26. [PS4] Labyrinth Life (D3 Publisher, 08/01/19) – 1,977 (New)

  27. [NSW] Doraemon Story of Seasons (Bandai Namco, 06/13/19) – 1,951 (82,507)

  28. [NDS] Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (Ultimate Hits) (Bandai Namco, 03/04/10) – 1,905 (192,683)

  29. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo, 10/27/17) – 1,735 (1,989,942)

  30. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun (Bandai Namco, 07/19/18) – 1,730 (353,459)

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Cody Morris
Cody is a fan of the niche and super niche. He has a strong preference for JRPGs or anything with a grind in it. He spends his spare time wishing he was writing more.