While we’re generally happy to make our own minds up about what’s going to happen in the world of video games, it’s always worth listening to Hirokazu Hamamura, Famitsu’s editor-in-chief and an authority on the Japanese games market.

According to Kotaku, Hamamura has opined that Dragon Quest IX, due out in March, is likely to sell like hot cakes. "March will be bigger than the year-end sales war. Even side-stories have sold a million copies, and the previous title in the series sold 3 million plus. It should be expected to sell from 4 million to 5 million copies."

Of course, an analyst made exactly the same prediction back in June of 2008.

So there you go. It wouldn’t be beyond the realm of possibility, given Hamamura’s testimony, the popularity of the series, and the fact that every time Nintendo closes its eyes there’s a pile of diamonds and gold on the floor when it opens them again.

As for the DSi, says Hamamura: "During the first half of 2008, DS sales were starting to drop, but then the DSi came out. And with Dragon Quest IX, it was terrific timing on Nintendo's part."

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