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.

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