DS role-playing game Dragon Quest IX is the best-selling Dragon Quest game ever, Square Enix has announced.

The game had shipped more than 5.3 million units worldwide as of December last year, Andriasang reports.

It is the first game in the illustrious series to sell more than five million copies. The series as a whole has shipped more than 57 million units.

Last year producer Ryutaro Ichimura revealed the game was inspired by Bethesda's Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Blizzard's Diablo.

"We have no recognition that Dragon Quest IX is a part of the so-called JRPG genre, unless you mean all the RPGs created in Japan are JRPGs," he said.

Simon Parkin turned up a 9/10 in Eurogamer's Dragon Quest IX review, saying, "Dragon Quest IX cleanses the palate with its straightforwardness, allowing the workmanship to shine, and its clutch of nested fairytales to inspire."

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