Dragon Quest Builders Hits Big in Japan, Propels PS Vita and PS4 to Top Spots on Media Create

on February 3, 2016 12:40 PM

I was pretty positive that Dragon Quest Builders would have made a pretty big splash on this week’s Media Create charts, but Square Enix’s Minecraft-meets-JRPG game hit Japan really big last week, as you can see in the software chart below.

  1. Dragon Quest Builders – PS Vita – 178,016 / New
  2. Dragon Quest Builders – PS4 – 141,369 / New
  3. Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash – Wii U – 55,331 / New
  4. Dragon Quest Builders – PS3 – 53,154 / New
  5. Uta no Prince-sama: Music 3 – PS Vita – 51,289 /New
  6. Yakuza: Kiwami – PS4 – 20,260 / 123,516
  7. Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 – PS4 – 20,101 / New
  8. Yakuza: Kiwami – PS3 – 17,591 / 78,019
  9. Monster Hunter X – 3DS – 17,023 / 2,661,523
  10. TV Anime iDolmaster Cinderella G4U! Pack Volume 8 – PS3 – 15,720 / New
  11. Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 – PS3 – 15,431 / New
  12. Hyrule Warriors Legends – 3DS – 15,174 / 69,653
  13. Splatoon – Wii U – 13,256 / 1,228,409
  14. The Asterisk War – PS Vita – 12,436 / New
  15. Yo-kai Watch Busters – 3DS – 11,135 / 2,183,566
  16. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition – PS Vita – 10,733 / 642,224
  17. Monster Strike – 3DS – 10,263 / 779,754
  18. Just Cause 3 – PS4 – 8,928 / 42,588
  19. Super Mario Maker – Wii U – 6,327 / 784,211
  20. Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS Force – PS Vita – 7,429 / 137,877

And here’s the hardware chart:

  1. PS Vita – 45,114
  2. PS4 – 32,557
  3. New 3DS XL – 22,593
  4. Wii U – 8,931
  5. New3DS – 4,978
  6. 3DS – 3,298
  7. PS3 – 1,993
  8. 3DS XL – 558
  9. Xbox One – 92

Dragon Quest Builders pretty much obliterated the rather soft competition from Mario Tennis, grabbing first, second and fourth spot in the software ranking, and propelling PS Vita and PS4 to the two top spots in the hardware chart, hitting (and in the case of Vita, overtaking) Holiday season-like numbers. The game sold about 372,000 copies among three platforms, giving Square Enix the first hit of the year.

The Uta no Prince Sama keeps selling rather well among Otome games enthusiasts, which is a niche that is normally focused around PlayStation portables. Yakuza Kiwami slowed down, but still sould in the five digits on both PS4 and PS3.

The historical Romance of the Three Kingdoms series (Sangokushi), on the other hand seems to be running a bit out of steam, debuting with 35,000 copies between PS4 and PS3. Yet, this kind of title tends to have a pretty long tail, so we’ll see if it’ll gradually pick up, 30 years and thirteen games after its debut.

That said, the series has a big (possibly biggest) following among a older player base on PC, which isn’t considered at all by Media Create, so the actual numbers might be much bigger than what is shown here.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.