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Tuesday, 14th July 2009
In Events In Japan,

Dragon Quest proves popular in Japan

The Dragon Quest computer game has sold 2.3 million copies in its first weekend on sale in Japan, it has been announced by Enterbrain.

Dragon Quest IX was released for the Nintendo DS over the weekend and pre-orders of the game alone reached two million before it hit the market.

The Enterbrain figures are based on estimates made from point-of-sale data, notes PC World.

In total, figures from 3,500 retail outlets across Japan were used to make the final number.

PC World goes on the comment that there were queues outside many shops selling the game, with "most major shops" opening at the earlier time of 07:00 JST to deal with the massive numbers of computer fans wanting to buy the game.

The sales of the new game are slightly higher than those of the previous game in the Dragon Quest series, which was released on the Sony Playstation 2 five years ago.

Written by Graham McPherson.

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