Dragon Quest IX
looks to become a major hit when it launches in Japan this Saturday to 2 million preorders, topping the previous installment in Square Enix's major RPG franchise, according to media reports.
Japanese news reports translated by website Andriasang
show retailers reporting preorder levels of over 2 million, with numbers "stand[ing] out even over past DQ
games." The game
will launch alongside a red DSi, and is even expected to drive trade-ups to the new hardware for DS users.
The game, whose full title is Dragon Quest IX: Defenders of the Starry Sky
, is developed by Japanese independent Professor Layton
publisher/developer Level-5, the firm which also created Dragon Quest VIII
for the PlayStation 2.
Andriasang also translated a Mainichi sales column
from merchandizer Taketo Matsuo, of popular chain retailer Tsutaya, who finds that although preorders for DQIX
at his retailer are at similar levels as PS2's Dragon Quest VIII
, DS games "have a tendency to be long sellers even with low pre-orders."
Not only does Matsuo believe DQIX
sales will definitely top DQVIII
's with help from its lower price, he says it could be "the biggest hit in history."