Dragon Quest V Racks up Big Launch Sales in Japan

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Square Enix's latest Dragon Quest remake racked up huge sales during its first week on sale in Japan and easily topped the weekly game ranking.

"Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride" sold 644,000 copies during the week of July 14 to 20, according to figures from Media Create. The figures are based on point-of-sales system data gathered by Media Create from hundreds of retailers in Japan.

That means the Nintendo DS game outsold second-ranked "Gundam Battle Universe" by more than three times. The PlayStation Portable title racked up sales of 138,000, Media Create said. Third-ranked "Persona 4" for the PlayStation 3 sold 41,000 copies and fourth ranked "Tears to Tiara" for the PlayStation 3 sold 34,000 copies. The top-ranked Wii game, "Wii Fit," came in fifth place with sales of 27,000, said Media Create.

"Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride" was originally released for Nintendo's Super Famicon console in Japan in 1992.

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