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Dragon Quest X Is Now Adventuring Onto 3DS

Posted by Kerry Brunskill

Still no word of an overseas release though

We've lamented before on Square Enix's baffling decision to keep Dragon Quest X a strictly Japan-only affair, and now it appears that fans outside Japan have another format to direct their frustrations at with the announcement that the game will hit Japanese 3DS' on the 4th of September this year.

The handheld version of the game will cost fans of the colourful MMO ¥3800 (plus tax), which will also include 60 days subscription, a poster, and a variety of in game goods, including the rather fetching mode of transport shown below. Even though the graphics will naturally take a hit (although from the two screens shown so far, not by much) this is still the complete Dragon Quest X experience with users able to play seamlessly with Wii, Wii U and Windows players, or for those that already have a character they can use the 3DS version to do a bit of crafty gaming at work.

Do you like the sound of Dragon Quest X in your pocket? Would you buy this if it made its way to your region? Let us know in the comments section below.

[via dqx.jp]

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User Comments (48)

aja14

#2

aja14 said:

wow nice one SE, it will be awesome if a western releasae will be launched.

WhiteNoise17

#3

WhiteNoise17 said:

I swear its like Square just doesn't wanna do anything for Dragon Quest fans anymore first they make some spin-off material a full game then refuse to release it to the dedicated fans who'd buy it... twice on two different systems, though it didn't do that well in Japan either.

AyeHaley

#4

AyeHaley said:

It will use the cloud to give the game better graphics than it should have. (no joke)
wonder how that will play out...

KeeperBvK

#7

KeeperBvK said:

@Tsurii897 Why would that be stupid? Might wanna reprhase what is simply your opinion. You don't like the idea of an MMO on a handheld. Good for you, but it's not stupid. You think that upgrading a PC is "bullpoopiepoodlepoop"? Well, it's not. You can perfectly keep your PC the way you bought it for years without having trouble running next to all new games. In fact you would only have to buy new parts about the same time you would have to buy an entirely new console because the old one isn't supported anymore. How is either one bullpoopiepoodlepoop?

aja14

#9

aja14 said:

yeah totally forgot dragon quest VII. is the fan based in the america not that big. but in a survey that i read. most fans wanted more dragon quest gamees than final fantasy in the west.

Marakuto

#10

Marakuto said:

I'd prefer getting the console version of this than the portable one nonetheless this is still great news and I hope Square-Enix gets some sense knocked into their heads and release them in the west in retail stores!

Geonjaha

#12

Geonjaha said:

Damn it Squeenix! That makes 5 3DS Dragon Quest titles that you haven't localised. I'm throwing my money at the screen waiting to buy any one of them! As a big DQ fan who happens to live in the West, this drought is a big dissapointment.

Expa0

#14

Expa0 said:

I enjoyed 3 & 4 and (to lesser extenct) 5 , but I didn't care at all for 8 or 9 and this takes the series into a direction that I just couldn't even care less anymore.

The series' gimmick was to stay as old school as possible, but they seem to have lost their way with this one.

Zombie_Barioth

#15

Zombie_Barioth said:

@Geonjaha
So much for learning their lesson with Bravely Default, eh?

The thing that really irks me is they can't be bothered to localize any of the recent 3DS games, but they can localize a DQVIII port for mobile.

ajcismo

#16

ajcismo said:

Was unwinding last night with some DQIV, thinking to myself how great it would be if DQX made its way to the U.S....
Articles like this frustrate me, especially when my wife laughs at my suggestions we should move to Japan. :-)

KimimiStaff

#18

Kimimi said:

@Expa0 Remarkably, DQX does feel very old school - both as an MMO and an RPG. It's got a good balance between the old and the new, and it's really not as jarring or as weird as a Dragon Quest MMO would seem :)

River3636

#20

River3636 said:

SquareEnix used to be my favorite, they are seriously making me mad. This series made RPGs what they are today, I am flabbergasted, I heard a rumor it was their server. I heard they were hopeful it would make it to our shores ( what the blank does that mean). I feel like they are just messing with our heads. Never mind the fact that Wii U hasn't had a signature RPG on its console. How many years has it been since we've been waiting for X . So now it's on the 3ds. Square Enix is spitting on America and toying with our emotions. They are making me sick. I feel like vomiting, but I won't

Geonjaha

#21

Geonjaha said:

@Zombie_Barioth - It upsets me how much attention Square Enix puts on mobile devices now. They'll port and localise 8 games for mobile, but not even give us one of the numerous 3DS games? Hell, I'd settle for a digital only release - but even that isn't going to happen.

Square Enix: Running one of their best franchises into the ground with their own arrogance, and not releasing the other overseas ever. They really have lost it.

DakotaM47

#23

DakotaM47 said:

Give us westerners VII 3D, Rocket Slime 3, Monsters 1+2 3D, and I will think about it.

ricklongo

#25

ricklongo said:

I love Dragon Quest (Sentinels of Starry Skies is probably my favorite DS game, bar none), but I can't stand MMOs. I'd kill for a new offline Dragon Quest on Wii U. :(

Caryslan

#26

Caryslan said:

@Geonjaha I was wondering if Square Enix was hoping Nintendo would help them bring those games over, and something happened between the two. After Dragon Quest V sold poorly on the DS, Square Enix intended to stop bringing Dragon Quest to the west, and Nintendo offered to help them publish the games over in the West.

Either Nintendo bailed on the franchise in the west, or something else happened to stop the games from coming over here.

Quite frankly, Dragon Quest has sold poorly over here and Square Enix has little reason to bring the games to the west, especially if the costs of localization aren't worth it given potential sales.

Now, maybe Nintendo should step in again and help them out. I'm honestly surprised Nintendo has not helped bring over at least the DQ VII remake.

But I think without Nintendo helping them out, Square Enix likely see little reason to bring anymore Dragon Quest games over.

SphericalCrusher

#27

SphericalCrusher said:

Stoked about this if it would ever make it's way to NA. I submitted this as a News Tip as soon as my friend told me they posted it (He lives in Japan). They credited the link, but not me so this will be my last news tip ;)

LazyShell

#28

LazyShell said:

I wish Square Enix would stop trolling Dragon Quest fans in the west, and actually release more games over here.

AVahne

#29

AVahne said:

Holy poopiedoodoocacapoopledoopledoggiepooples, an MMO on 3DS? How is that even possible? As was said in the article, the graphics don't really look any worse than the original and the draw distance seems fine as well. It's an open-world type MMO, too. Of course they could just limit the amount of players and monsters you see on screen at once, but still.
SE be magic man.

EDIT: Oh wait, turns out it's just like the mobile version where it's basically cloud gaming rather than being rendered locally. While that might make sense for an MMO, it's also no longer impressive that it's on 3DS. SE no magic after all.

I guess I only have Explorers to look forward to.

bizcuthammer

#30

bizcuthammer said:

Its not coming west because it would have to go free-to-play to make money here like most MMOs do now. DQ is a very, very niche series here, whereas in Japan, it's one of the top 5 franchises in video games. Over there, they know people will have no issue subscribing because of the name brand. In the west, name brand doesn't mean anything, as even popular names like Star Wars and DC Comics have had to turn to the free to play model because gamers didnt want to play with a sub fee.

So if they brought it here, which would require a lot of localisation time in the first place, they'd also probably have to change the way gamers pay for the game, as well as probably separate eastern and western servers due to the extreme differences there'd be between the two versions. Not to mention Square-Enix hasn't had a lot of majot success when it comes to MMOs in the west, even with their more popular franchises.

It all adds up to no DQX in the US. Which is okay with me, because i have zero time for an MMO, and would rather them just make DQXI a story driven, single player experience like all the good DQ games.

AVahne

#33

AVahne said:

@bizcuthammer
Depends. FF14 is still subscription based and it seems be successful so far. Personally I rather they had taken the Guild Wars 2 route, where players can buy the game, activate their account, and then never have to pay again.

siavm

#34

siavm said:

I don't see why anyone wants to pay $15 a month for mmo's. Dlc is one thing but this is just crazy to me. If it does not come over I am ok with that. If it comes though even though. I am not buying it I will still be ok. So unless the fee is dropped if it does come here I am not interested in this one.

Kirk

#35

Kirk said:

A monthly fee for a single cloud streamed game, which means it's matter of factly going to have some lag issues and compression artifacts at times, when you could pay probably the same monthly fee for an entire cloud streaming service with access to over 250 games that can be played across multiple devices:

https://www.onlive.co.uk/playpack

Well, I know which one I would choose if I were going to go down that whole cloud streaming route. Although I wouldn't go down that route in the first place.

Geonjaha

#36

Geonjaha said:

@Caryslan - That argument makes sense up until you realise that they ported Bravely Default over here. A new game from a new franchise took precedence over a Dragon Quest game; the famous series that pretty much helped RPG's become a thing. I know DQ isn't that well known over here, but its more successful than that at least.

All they have to do in reality is translate it. For Dragon Quest VII it shouldn't even be that difficult considering its a remake. They could release it digitally only on the 3DS if they're afraid of spending money on physical copies (if it actually came to that), but they wont. Given all this its clear to see that localising it isn't that much of an issue - it's the obvious conclusion to come to, but it makes no sense.

@SphericalCrusher - That's a little self-centred. Surely you alert them so that everyone can see the news, not just so that your name is up there?

SphericalCrusher

#37

SphericalCrusher said:

@Geonjaha Possibly on self centered, but I do alert them so they have the news faster. At least several times a month. It's just kind of rude to see other people get credit, and for me they link the source. Oh well though, love the site.

Mega719

#38

Mega719 said:

We really need more MMORPGs on Wii U.I want games that you could be playing for years yet still not finished.If only Elder Scrolls Online would come to Wii U but we know what it's company thinks of the Wii U

KimimiStaff

#39

Kimimi said:

@SphericalCrusher I appear to be accused of things I haven't actually done, so just to clear things up - as someone who likes Dragon Quest X anyway (I actually had a quick go just this morning) I follow this sort of news just for my own personal interest and discovered the story independently. I typed this piece up at around 4-5am my time, which is not long after the news broke.

As a contributor I have no access to the email account that news tips are sent to, so you mentioning that you had also sent in the tip is genuinely the first I've heard of it. I have no place speaking for anyone but myself but of course it's always good to hear that other people are on the ball and keen to help keep the juicy news stories flowing :)

Windy

#42

Windy said:

Omg I would be a happy man if this comes to North America an Europe. I would also buy a Wii--U if it came to that system. although ive been tempted lately to get one. Please let this come to 3ds outside of japan!

Tigus

#43

Tigus said:

After playing DQ9 for over 200+ hours I would easily get this, to be honest DQ9 really seemed like it should of had an online co-op but sadly didn't so this would be fantastic even better if you can switch your save file between the Wii U and 3DS on the fly.

Melkac

#44

Melkac said:

@Tsurii897 "because of that bullpoopiepoodlepoop, that you need to buy new parts for it every few years, if you want to play (most) newly released games"

Yeah, it's pretty obvious you don't know much about PC gaming.

Windy

#45

Windy said:

I can't stop thinking this game might actually make it here in one way or another. Here's hoping. So many people here in north america have been waiting. I bet in Europe too.

Zombie_Barioth

#46

Zombie_Barioth said:

@Caryslan
I think that has more to do with Square-Enix's handling of the franchise in the west than anything else. The top selling games are DQVIII and DQIX, both Level-5 made games and one Nintendo handled the publishing of.

I've seen absolutely no advertising for the DS remakes, aside from their coverage in Nintendo Power, so if it wasn't for that I wouldn't have known they even existed. On top of that they were limited print and I think Gamestop exclusive as well.

Theres really no reason the series can't do well in the west, just about every RPG series in Japan is niche over here. Heck, Ni No Kuni sold less than either game and was considered successful, and its practically a spiritual successor to DQVIII the way its designed.

HandheldGuru97

#47

HandheldGuru97 said:

I need this in my life....ANY VERSION WILL DO AT THIS POINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Damnit SquareEnix why have you fallen soooooooooooooooo hard!??!?!!?!??!?!?!??!?!??!? At least give me VII, then I can at least die sorta happy :P

AshFoxX

#48

AshFoxX said:

I'd rather have a DQIX style single player RPG, but that's just me. I hope we get SOMETHING Dragon Quest this generation for Wii U or 3DS. Dragon Quest VII and VIII would be amazing.

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