Wii embarking on Dragon Quest X

Square Enix's other popular RPG franchise penciled in for Nintendo's console; DQIX for DS dated in Japan for March 28.

Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors probably wasn't what most fans of Square Enix's non-Final Fantasy role-playing game franchise were wanting. The game, which debuted to less-than-stellar reviews in February, was particularly maligned due to its shallow world and often-wonky Wii Remote controls. Soon, however, the Dragon Quest franchise may find a measure of redemption on Nintendo's console.

As part of a Dragon Quest-oriented press conference in Japan today, the role-playing game publisher announced Dragon Quest X for the Wii, Reuters reports. No other details on the upcoming title were revealed, and Reuters noted that a price point or release window have yet to be determined.

Square Enix also took the opportunity to reveal DQIX for the DS will arrive in Japan on March 28. While extremely popular in Japan, the Dragon Quest series has been widely eclipsed elsewhere in the world by Square Enix's Final Fantasy series. Square Enix has said that they hope to bolster the franchise's worldwide appeal with DQIX, giving the game a more action-oriented premise than previous games in the series. DQIX will also include support for four-player multiplayer.

For more on DQIX, check out GameSpot's most recent impressions from this year's Tokyo Game Show.

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RavenXavier
RavenXavier

Back in the day when a "Dragon Quest" game was brought over to the USA it got it's name changed to "Dragon Warrior". I owned Dragon Warrior 1, 2, and 3, for my N.E.S. when I grew up. Awesome games. They need to re-make those with super-updated graphics and put them out on the Wii. That would be awesome. Lets hope the new Dragon Quest on the Wii will be as awesome as Dragon Warrior was back in the day.

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

@buffdaddy69 never knows what hes talking about dude knows nothing about gaming. all he ever does is give his opinion and act as if its fact. tired of this dude talking out of his @ss. hes just a meathead with 69 at the end of his screename. i do however agree with Cronotimeshero DQ8 was one of the best RPGS to come out last gen but ill go one step further imo it was the best RPG last gen. game had an original storyline and was highly addicting. the character interaction was some of the best of any RPG. buffdaddy69 mentions only 3 JRPG's were successful on the 360 which is a console for the most part that doesnt even have a market in japan. on top of that for a console that caters to western/european gamers 3 successful JRPGS is more than enough. how many successful JRP's are on the PS3? almost the same amount and you also forgot about blue dragon on the 360 which further just proves you just always talk out of your @ss.

Cronotimeshero
Cronotimeshero

DQ8 was one of the best RPGS to come out last Gen. I am hoping this new game will live up. I hope for the same from 9 but I have less hope for a game when its put on a handheld. I think it makes devs assume that its just going to be played by kids and then they don't take it seriously enough.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

dark zazo ,, no dont expect a ps3 360 release ,, ff 13 is already taking to long and this is from a non ff fan ,, after playing cc echoes i want it , adding dq x for ps3 360 team will make it wait even longer ,

neo6478
neo6478

Honestly people did u know Dragon quest was on the nes in my day? Didnt think! So then why not have at lest a good dragon quest game on wii..... FT360

gudni
gudni

@atarikilla, you will, sometime next generation. This gen, just play it on the Wii. (i´m just screwin, i know you meant a glossy HD version).

dark-zazo
dark-zazo

I'm not convinced... SE will probably, at the last minute, say that the game will come for PS3 an XBOX 360. They do that that sometimes...

atarikilla
atarikilla

I was really hoping that Dragon Quest X would be on the PS3. Looks like I will have to score myself a wii! I am disappointed, I really wanted to see a next gen DQ

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

How about forget that. Drop the cartoony crap and make a Dragon Warrior game like the original. I'm talking Rainbow Drop. You know what it is. --------------------------------------------- 100% agree on this If I was 10 years old again I would buy this at least I could relate to playing as a 10 year old kid then. Dragon warriors have sucked ever since they went past 4 for the nes.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

@nappan Because it's exclusive. For some exclusive games r one of the main reasons why people choose a console.

nappan
nappan

Ugh... why do some of these great RPGs have to be portable only (blech) or Wii only (last gen). Can you imagine what a DQ game could look and play like on the 360 or PS3?! This might be good for Nintendo, but it stinks for real gamers.

whitemage23
whitemage23

OmegaCookie....I would, of course, recommend Dragon Warrior 1 for NES or GB Color to start with...though it's kind of hard to only play 1 since 1,2 & 3 are part of the Loto/Erdrick trilogy, and 4,5 & 6 are the Zenithia trilogy. If you want the best of the series I would recommend Dragon Warrior 3 for GB Color.

EternalYoshi
EternalYoshi

Drangon Quest X has no release date. To expect this to come out in 2009 when Dragon Quest IX isn't even out in Japan yet is very ridiculous.

lamprey263
lamprey263

@Adzey - "...and what with Persona 4 as a Ps3 exclusive..." actually, Persona 4 is a PS2 exclusive, PS3 owners with todays standard NO BC having PS3 will not be able to play it

OmegaCookie7
OmegaCookie7

Never played a DQ game. This seems like a good place to start.

Grandstream
Grandstream

So that makes...Valkyrie Profile for DS due in March, along with DQ5...then Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles 2 due in March or April...and DQ9 comes out...I'd late mid to late summer...so far, a bunch of the handheld stuff Squenix is churning out lately is a lot better than the console stuff...I looked forward to Last Remnant and Infinite Undiscovery, but they turned out to be pretty average...losing Sakaguchi has hit these guys hard...among other things.

MattHopeKids
MattHopeKids

I love DQ and I'm really happy it's coming out on wii, it's the most popular console atm and so I'm hoping more people will get to experience the brilliance of the series.

NeoGen85
NeoGen85

You tell em' clowser! In fact, if a Japanese RPG was called Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, or Kingdom Hearts. Only then has it sold over a million copies. But what buffdaddy doesn't know is that all the Japanese RPGs on the Xbox 360 have done just as well(if not better) then some of the PS2 exclusive JRPGs in the past. That even includes Blue Dragon.

whitemage23
whitemage23

Thanks for the clarification Aliltias, ironically enough when browsing a different site I came across this story again and I picked up on the DQ10 instead of DQ9 (which was what I was thinking it was in my previous post) DOH!!! Oh well....2 DQ games???? Even sweeter!!!

clowser24
clowser24

what are you talking about the 360 outsold the ps3 3 to 1 over the black friday weekend, even though i have a ps3 they are far from catching up to the 360 which i own as well. I am glad that dq10 is coming even if it is for the wii ( I also own ) and as far as persona 4 it is not a ps3 exclusive it is a ps2 exclusive so if you want to leave a post you might want to check ur facts buffdaddy

corwinn01
corwinn01

I have enjoyed the dq series some games better than others.I hope dqx isn't a lame short playing rpg.

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

"Adzey Posted Dec 11, 2008 7:09 pm GMT Sony isn't done for as it is already catching up to the 360 and what with Persona 4 as a Ps3 exclusive it is pretty obvious that the 360 has completely failed for the Japanese and JRPG fans with its only decent JRPG exclusives coming in the form of The Last Remnant, Star Ocean and Tales Of Vesperia. It's about time the Wii had a good 3rd party exclusive." *cough* Final Fantasy 13 The 360 Edition *Cough*

lamprey263
lamprey263

ummm, I think Dragon Quest Swords did bad because they followed the same path that Samurai Warriors Katana took when going to the Wii, and that's making worse than mediocre first-person rail games... oh, and it's on the Wii of all places, a console not too friendly to third party publishers but that's not to talk bad of rail games, in fact I still think there's a future for them, I loved playing Rez HD and I still play Panzer Dragoon Orta from time to time, and those are rail games full of fun

kingofcosmos231
kingofcosmos231

I'm happy that its on the wii since that's the only console i've got but it is still kind of a bad move for dragon quest.

RPGRPGRPG
RPGRPGRPG

Hey adzey you mean Persona four is a great ps2 exclusive, but like all atlus games a niche market and will go greatly unknoen and under apreciated, and since the ps3 majorily lack backwards compatability ................................. ......................................................................... EPIC FAIL Especially since the ps2 was such an amazing console for rpgs for sony to completely ignore that audiance and give them crappy ports of failed 360 rpgs like Enchanted Arms is completely insane and the gratest factor in my choice not to purchase a PS3 thus far, Even with all that sadly I must say we have not had the great rpg of this generation, but it will certainly not be Dragon Quest Ten

Adzey
Adzey

Sony isn't done for as it is already catching up to the 360 and what with Persona 4 as a Ps3 exclusive it is pretty obvious that the 360 has completely failed for the Japanese and JRPG fans with its only decent JRPG exclusives coming in the form of The Last Remnant, Star Ocean and Tales Of Vesperia. It's about time the Wii had a good 3rd party exclusive.

blackace
blackace

Playstation loses another exclusive. This is good news for Nintendo and the Wii, but terrible news for Sony and the PS3/PS2/PSP. Even though DQ originally started on the NES & SNES anyways, so it's just moving back to it's roots. I would love to see a decent spin-off of DQ come to the 360, but that's unlikely to happen because of DQ's kiddie nature. Parasite Eve, Front Mission or Brave Fencer Musashi sequels would fit well on the 360 though.

tengen23
tengen23

this is a terrible move for DQ

Koushin
Koushin

Well this game is a kiddie game and I remember all my old Japanese friends recalling playing this game in elementary school and junior high school so I think the Wii is the correct platform in terms of demographics. In terms of technology though, yeah its unfortunate. Well at any rate, let's see what they do with the controls.

sSubZerOo
sSubZerOo

... That doesn't make any sense Young and Tooter.. The fact of the matter is graphics arn't the problem.. Its the fact the Wii isn't taken seriously.. On the Ps2 the Dragon quest game was amazing, and it had nothing to do with graphics.. Its quite comical you guys some how think that better graphics will make a better game lol.. Specially a game like Dragonquest which will most likely be cell shaded.

tootergray34
tootergray34

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bishopphoto
bishopphoto

Great! Another game I will probably want to buy. I am going to need to see some screengrabs and details, but I have a good feeling that this game will be a big winner (winner winner chicken dinner BIG!)

DPhunkT
DPhunkT

How about forget that. Drop the cartoony crap and make a Dragon Warrior game like the original. I'm talking Rainbow Drop. You know what it is.

ZippyDSMLee
ZippyDSMLee

I want to think mana/FF12 for DQ9 but there is no teeling...

jadefury27
jadefury27

it what i'm reading is correct are we to assume the next installment in the DQ series may reflect more zelda-esque gameplay? that could be good...

St_muscat
St_muscat

Yay 09 is really looking good for the Wii, it should a welcome return to form.

ZippyDSMLee
ZippyDSMLee

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elbert_b_23
elbert_b_23

i am happy for this news one of my problems i had with the wii is all the good rpgs are on the vc

jmartin1016
jmartin1016

Cool. Dragon Quest is pretty cool. Sometimes though I feel like it's Final Fantasy's brother with special needs. Why are they changing it to a more action oriented design? Why not just let it appeal mostly to Japanese gamers? Is there something wrong with that?

KevComesRipping
KevComesRipping

Man, I was really hoping for the next Dragon Quest on xbox.. Imagine how good they could make the cel-shading look *drools*

BLuFAlc0n
BLuFAlc0n

AWE..SOME! Maybe next year, Wii get Tekken 6, SF4, Tatsunoko vs Capcom! The Conduit, and Madworld, next year is Wii's year! Again!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

This is great news. I dont own an HD console yet so knowing that a great franchise like DQ is remaining on an SD console is great news for me.

B1G_DADDY
B1G_DADDY

Hmmm..... Maybe i will be able to use my Wii more than once every couple of months

Shmoe82
Shmoe82

Dragon Quest and Zelda are both on the WIi now; you lucky punks!

ignautius
ignautius

This couldn't have come at a better time. If this game is any good... and hopefully it will be... Wii owners need to do themselves a favor and buy 3 of them. Hopefully if other companies see a 3rd party exclusive of a BIG name doing really well the Wii will get some more decent 3rd party games and not minigame crap after minigame crap.

Wikipedian
Wikipedian

Great to hear, hope they use motion control well.

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

@DesertClawX2X My guess would be Fall 2011 which isn't far off from Final Fantasy XIII's US release date (If it even releases at the end of 2010). That's a little to long considering Nintendo plans to release Wii HD by then.

Shadowflame291
Shadowflame291

@AgentA-Mi6- That would be quite hard, considering that it will be built from the ground up for the Wii, and considering that the Wii is so much different than the PS3 and 360 in terms of graphics and the controller.