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Puzzle & Dragons Z Shifts Almost 80% Of Its Initial Shipment With Half A Million Copies Sold

Posted by Damien McFerran

GungHo is hoping for one million units sold

As we reported yesterday, GungHo's smartphone RPG port Puzzle & Dragons Z has sold more than half a million units in its first week on sale in Japan.

That's impressive in anyone's book, but we're now hearing reports that the figure accounts for 78% of the initial shipment — which means that more stock is on the way. With this in mind, GungHo CEO Kazuki Morishita's goal of shifting one million copies doesn't seem so outlandish — the title will most likely smash that figure.

Based on the iPhone and Android title — which as of October 2013 has been downloaded around 20 million times in Japan and over a million times in North America — Puzzle & Dragons Z is an all-new adventure for the 3DS which boasts expanded RPG elements. The game is due for release in the west some time next year.

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Warruz said:

I really dont feel this will do well in the West, its just to much of an odd combo.



C-Olimar said:

@Warruz You saw the 1 million downloads in the US bit right?
Granted, it wouldn't sell anywhere near as much as in Japan, but there appears to be some market.



Warruz said:

@C-olimar yes, but the phone market and the gaming market are different beasts. I would play angry birds on my phone but not on my 3DS.



Blast said:

What the....? I like games where you catch and raise creatures like Pokemon, Shin Megami Tensei, etc but where the heck is the appeal of this game???? This game looks chaotic and silly.



Kaze_Memaryu said:

I'm sure this will do well on the 3DS. The theme combination of puzzle, action, RPG and collecting is intriguing. And even though the smartphone version is F2P, the 3DS version has its own campaign, some exclusive monsters AND animé cutscenes! This isn't just a simple port - it's more like a new entry to the game series for console owners.

Now Nintendo and GungHo only need to work on a proper ad campaign for the west and convince people to pay full price for the game (which is a bit much, though).

But I wonder if there's some kind of local/online multiplayer - couldn't find anything on that yet.



WYLD-WOO said:

Another game that should stick to them fruit phones. I really can`t see this taking off over here either. Did they not spend silly amounts of money on marketing and advertising in Japan on this one?



hosokawasamurai said:

And people say americans have terrible taste for video games...

At least here in the west people didn't rush to stores to buy that $60 Angry Birds Rovio and Activision tried to push to us, thinking consumers are going to pay full retail price on a mobile game.

Dudebros buy a lot of questionable games, but at least they know how to diferentiate a big release from a mobile cash-in.



kevkeepsplaying said:

Guys, listen! This game isn't THAT bad! I wouldn't even call it bad! For a F2P smartphone game, it's gorgeous, fun, and has a lot of thought put into it. The mix of puzzle and rpg makes combat incredibly interesting, this game had me at the edge of my seat for a month.

I'm really glad it did so well, and I can't wait to hear of a US release.



Emblem said:

Don't forget downloads don't equal sales, many people download and don't spend a thing while others will spend 100's.



C-Olimar said:

@Warruz Unfortunately, Angry Birds appears to have sold decently on 3DS. Don't ask me why, but there are actually people out there who want overpriced mobile ports.



rjejr said:

So glad this is doing well. Fun to read all the hardcore gamers try to explain it away.

No, it won't do as well in the west, not by a longshot, but neither does Fire Emblem or Default Fairy. It has nothing to do with this being an app game, it has everything to do with it being a game focused on merging and transforming monsters. And anime.

I played enough of this for free already that I wouldn't buy it now, but I can see people buying this and really enjoying it.

Some people just dont get it. Smartphone apps are the incubators. If Pokemon started as a smartphone app would that automatically disavow everything it's become? What if Nintendo made an app game w/ a main character who went on to rival Mario, do you just ignore it? Phones and tablets are the minor leagues of baseball, or college for football and basketball. Just b/c a game has its roots on a phone doesn't make it bad. The majority of college and minor leaguers never make it to the pros, that doesnt mean pro athletes suck for having gone to college.

Angry Bids is nowhere near worth $30 though, they still need to iron out the pricing discrepancy. though based on my sporting analogy I guess they don't. But it's still a $10 eShop, XBLA, PSN game."App" games can't just jump from 99c to $30, theres a whole world of $10 games on consoles and PCs that "app" games should be pricing themselves against.



Slapshot said:

Really glad to see that this is doing well already on the 3DS. As an avid fan of the iOS title, I'll be purchasing this on the 3DS the day it lands on the Western market.

For those of you who don't know, Puzzle and Dragons is one of the most hardcore (read: difficult) games on the iOS Marketplace.



retsnom said:


Have you actually played this game or are you making bold assumptions based on the fact that the game was originally a mobile game? I'm going to say it's the latter due to the ignorant comparison you made between Puzzle & Dragons and Angry Birds. Puzzle & Dragons, unlike Angry Birds, actually have depth. The game revolves around mastering your puzzle skills with its own unique puzzle system(not a Bejeweled clone like most puzzle games out there) and team building and management. It takes in account of team composition and their synergy with one another to successfully beat harder dungeons. The beauty of this system is that you don't have to spend a single dime to play the game unlike the blatantly and shameless games like Candy Crush. The only weak aspect of the game is when you run out of stamina to continue, which you have to wait until it fills up(or use valuable stones) which the 3DS will elevate.



Kitsune_Rei said:

I'm really looking forward to this! I enjoy the Android game and this looks much more in-depth. I look forward to a version that is not hampered by a microtransaction scheme, although its not high pressure. Nothing wrong with mashing pokemon with a puzzle game in my book. Look how awesome Puzzle Quest was.

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