Long Lines And Sell-Outs For Dragon Quest XI In Japan

The tag on the game reads “完売致しました” (“Kanbai itashimashita”) or “Sold out.” [Image: bakucome_deli]
The tag on the game reads “完売致しました” (“Kanbai itashimashita”) or “Sold out.” [Image: bakucome_deli]
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Water is wet. Sugar is sweet. And Japan loves Dragon Quest. In the least surprising news of the weekend, the latest DQ release drew long lines. At some locations, the game sold out.

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Website Inside Games covered the Tokyo launch, reporting how over 200 people lined up at the Bic Camera in Ikebukuro. Another 200 people lined up at the Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara.

Some registers were marked “For Dragon Quest XI Only” to handle pre-orders.

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Shops also did this for Splatoon 2, and it seems like a smart way to prevent those with pre-orders from having to line up for a long time.

Below are photos of the lines:

Goodness.

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Here’s the wait at the Bic Camera in Ikebukuro.

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Even at this Geo shop, there was a long DQXI line.

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This customer bought the 3DS version at the Bic Camera in Ikebukuro, where the line was over 200 people long.

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The Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara at 7:00am on launch day.

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The Yodobashi Camera in Osaka’s Umeda on launch day.

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Inside the Yodobashi Camera in Osaka’s Umeda.

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Another store.

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Another line.

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This shop also got a Switch shipment, making the line even longer. (The photo was taken at 7:00am.)

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Another shot of the DQXI line in Ikebukuro.

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Seven am at the Geo store in Fukuoka.

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At 7:00am, the DQXI line at Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara was over 200 people long.

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People waiting to buy Dragon Quest XI at the same Akihabara store.

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The game, especially the PS4 version, even sold out at some stores.

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The PS4 version sold out the Yodobashi Camera in Tokyo’s Ueno.

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At this Toys “R” Us, there were PS4 and 3DS stock on Saturday, but by Sunday, the PS4 version was sold out.

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The Yodobashi Camera in Yokohama sold out of the PS4 version. (This Twitter user had already bought the download version.)

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The notice near the penguin character states that the store is currently sold out.

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Both the PS4 and 3DS versions sold out at the Yodobashi Camera in Sendai.

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“Even though Dragon Quest was sold out, I ended up buying this. Meaningless.” Just want until this Twitter user learns about the magical world of download codes.


Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

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Vilhelm Smari

I hit Yodobashi Camera in Umeda (Osaka) in the early afternoon on Saturday to see if I could snag a copy of the game. There were lines, but apparently they were selling it on ALL floors, not just the video game floor.

I toyed with purchasing it there and then, but then I looked it up on Amazon and saw they had it about 800 yen cheaper.

So then I considered purchasing it on Amazon, a bit cheaper but I would get it the day after.

Then I checked Amazon Prime Now. Check mate! It was there on an Amazon price, for delivery in just a couple of hours.

I did not play the game that day. I got drunk and fell asleep and almost missed the Amazon guy. But I somehow managed to wake up from my slumber to receive the game from the poor guy who had walked up five floors just to deliver my game, and promptly fell asleep again.

I played a couple of hours yesterday. So far, so good.