Square Enix surprised everyone by announcing that Dragon Quest IX would be coming to the Nintendo DS, let alone in 2007, but the company has high hopes for the game. Revealed today was how Square Enix could well sell five million copies of Dragon Quest IX, already the most anticipated game of the year, which would make it the biggest ever in the series, following the PSone's Dragon Quest VII and Dragon Quest VIII on the PS2. However, if remakes and re-releases are included, Square Enix states that the actual best seller is Dragon Quest III from the NES, with six million units sold so far since its original release in 1988. The series as a whole has now surpassed 41 million units as of 31st December, 2006.
In related news, CEO Yoichi Wada spoke in Japan lately and stated:
"This summer, we'll release Battle Road in arcades and Swords for the Wii. Following that, we're thinking of a release 9 once we've released remake versions and so forth."