Oops: Square Enix Launches Dragon Quest 4 as "Dargon Quest" on iOS [Update]

Hilarious typo results in a Twitter game.

Update: After being released (App Store link) in the US with the same Dargon Quest name, Square Enix was forced to release an update to the app in order to fix its name. The game now shows up as Dragon Quest IV, as it should. The 1.0.1 update notes, sadly, make no mention of this: Square Enix says the update is simply a "Bug Fix."

Original Story: Square Enix continues its trend of releasing classic RPGs for mobile platforms, but with its latest release, it's made a hilarious mistake.

Dragon Quest IV is the latest such game to get the mobile treatment, but, at least for the time being, it won't be found under that name. Instead, the game has somehow made it to the iOS App Store under the name Dargon Quest IV.

The DS version of Dragon Quest IV.

Inevitably, this resulted in a game of sorts on Twitter, with people giving similar treatment to the titles of other games. Many of these are being submitted with the hashtag DargonQuestMyGame. Some of the best so far include Pegleg (Peggle), Scared 2 (Sacred 2), and Valkyrie Prolife (Valkyrie Profile).

Dragon Quest IV has not yet been released on the United States App Store; it's currently available in New Zealand, which typically means it will be out in the US and other countries tonight. (We'll have to see if the typo gets fixed by then.) An Android release for the game is also planned.

The app's description notes what you're buying is the full game; it hasn't been divided up into DLC packages or had microtransactions added to it. That will reassure some fans, while others will no doubt balk at playing the game on mobile platforms. If that's the case, you're in luck; Dragon Quest IV is also available on NES, PlayStation, and DS, provided you have some older hardware still laying around.

This isn't the only trouble Square Enix has had with spelling today--its latest earnings report (PDF) refers to Murdered: Soul Suspect as "Muredered; Soul Suspect."

What's the best Dargon Quest-esque name for a game you can come up with? Share yours in the comments below.

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Discussion

45 comments
91210user
91210user

Welcome to America (or Britain), Mr 'Japanese trying to translate English for a living'.

GoddessIsabel
GoddessIsabel

Deu Sex


I... I didn't ask for this (promise). 0.o

Barighm
Barighm

Watch someone create a game called "Dargon Quest" now. Everything in the game will be purposely mispelled. :P

Xily
Xily

You spoony bard!

hystavito
hystavito

Square Enix:  what typo?  What are you talking about, looks fine to me.

:)

They should have made some funny response, but then only people browsing sites like this would even see it anyway :).

Sunuva22
Sunuva22

Wow I just played DQ 4 on the DS a few days ago and it was really enjoyable, for me this is like that feeling where you learn the meaning of a new word and you start noticing it while reading.

haha even though they misspelled it.  If you can get this game on the cheap for a few bucks and you haven't played it, its definitely worth it. Great Game

grenadehh
grenadehh

They couldn't even be cool and misspell it Dagron quest?

sirapathetic01
sirapathetic01

The Twitter community really knows how to milk a joke.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

Ah mobile where you can rerelease more games instead of making new ones. Mobile is the slow gradual decline of gaming in general although the next gen doesnt make me feel much better yet

Relvar
Relvar

ROFL - The page title still says Dargon Quest!!!!

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

Hey Squeenix, I work as a freelance proofreader, I'd be happy to proofread all your copy for you (for a fee of course)... sounds like you could do with someone like me :)

Elranzer
Elranzer

Oops... $18.99


Square Enix is smoking crack.

juowei630
juowei630

lol no wonder I couldn't find dragon quest iv by doing search... dargon quest iv, this page is still up right at this moment... wow... but it's a great game nevertheless.

isshiah
isshiah

Well, this is ermbarrassing. 

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

You would think a company as huge as SE would double check their stuff before publishing them

drumjod
drumjod

I was okay with Square Enix releasing a bunch of horrible games that tarnished their flagship series credibility, but this type-o just crosses the line. Here's to the next Final Fatnasty.

mattcake
mattcake

I thought the $18.99 bit was the typo.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

This epitomizes how much care goes into these shoddy iOS ports.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Not as hilarious as Gamespot's frequent typos, but still pretty fun. 

I've always thought that Dargon sounded like the name of a fantasy RPG character, so it's not completely unsuitable, but I've never seen anyone named that.

mled
mled

*pretty picture*

"The GBA version of Dragon Quest IV"

Nope, thats the DS version :)

Relvar
Relvar

Hey Kids - this is one of the best games ever made - certainly in the top 3 JRPGs of all time - go play!

freedom01
freedom01 moderator moderator

lol at least it wasnt something too serious

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

It's noon where is my Fanboy meal of the day!!

This will not satisfy me hunger to bash others choice of console.

Where's Eddie?

catsimboy
catsimboy

I'm surprised that didn't conflict with one of the millions of rip-off games already in there.

adam270391
adam270391

Reminds me of Natsume misspelling its own name on the harvest moon 64 title screen.

guydude3412
guydude3412

Dargon quest should become its own game.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@Elranzer All of their mobile games are bullshitly priced. FF1 is 20 bucks, all of them are in fact.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@drumjod At this point, people might have more hope for Final Fatnasty than Final Fantasy.

MrBlondeX
MrBlondeX moderatorstaff

Oops! Went back a generation too far.