Perhaps looking around for some good
news to mention in a not particularly good-newsy time, Square Enix announced that as of the end of December, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
has shipped 5.3 million copies worldwide since its Japanese release in July 2009. Most of those copies were shipped to Japan, of course -- 1.02 million copies have been accounted for outside
of Japan in the last year.
According to the announcement, it's the first Dragon Quest
game to pass 5 million copies shipped, and that makes it the best-selling (or best-shipping, we suppose) Dragon Quest
game ever, obviously.