Dragon Quest X Wii U Out in Japan March 30

Monday, February 18th, 2013

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Dragon Quest X

The Wii U version of Dragon Quest X  will be released at the end of the next month in Japan; March the 30th to be precise. Dragon Quest X on the Wii U will be playable in full HD, and you will be able to use the GamePad to play it.

The Wii version of Dragon Quest X has been out in Japan for three months now, and many avid gamers have already started playing this version. As a result, when it came to do beta testing for the Wii U version’s online component, applicants who had already purchased the Wii version were given preference over the others. This testing will begin on the 6th of March. As well, gamers who have already purchased a Wii copy of the game will receive a 3,490 yen discount on the Wii U version of the game.

Characters will be transferable between the Wii and Wii U versions of the game, but only if the player has an account with Square Enix. Purchasing the game via the eShop will earn the Japanese player a special code for the item known as “White Speckled Glasses”.

Dragon Quest X

Japan will also be getting a bundle for Dragon Quest X priced at 42,ooo yen. It will include a Deluxe Wii U, a Wii U Pro Controller, a prepaid card for the eShop worth 1,000 yen, an item code for some “Extremely Energetic Balls” and of course a copy of Dragon Quest X itself.

Finally, Nintendo has released a new design for their eShop cards to celebrate the Wii U release of Dragon Quest X.

Dragon Quest X

All of this just makes me wish Square Enix would announce a localisation for Dragon Quest X, as I’m having so much fun with IX.

Thank you to Jodie Langford for lending your translating skills to this article!


  • LinkMaster111

    I’d probably buy DQX if it came out here in the U.S., but I’d be very hesitant if I had to pay a monthly fee like they do in Japan.

    • Charlotte Buckingham

      I’d be happy to buy it so long as the game’s not entirely online, so I don’t have to pay to play. Having to pay to play online sucks though.

    • It’s online after a certain point. You can start offline.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      You can play the first 5 hours or so offline… but no there is no ‘single player campaign’ it’s not worth your money if you were hoping for any longtime gameplay that’s not online.

    • Charlotte Buckingham

      That’s bullshit. This kind of crap is the real reason they’re going broke.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      They have a lot of reasons to go broke but sadly they’re not. Square has gone from being a developer to being a large publisher (like EA) even when they are screwing up on their own projects they are making a great deal of money form other Properties like Hitman, Tomb Raider and Deus Ex, last I hear Square was actually doing rather well financially.

    • Charlotte Buckingham

      They lost $58 million USD throughout the final three quarters of last year, from April through to December.


      I think “going broke” was a bit much, but they did lose money. I’m not sure where you heard that they were doing well financially.

  • MusubiKazesaru

    this’ll move a shit load of consoles in Japan

    • Lightthrower

      and would move shit loads in NA too, but NoA….

    • MusubiKazesaru

      it would do something, but Dragon Quest is HUGE in japan, not as much here, just like Monster Hunter

  • Your numbers must be off, there’s no way that Dragon Quest X sold 40 million copies just in Japan.

    • Charlotte Buckingham

      The source article said something about 40,000.000. I reckon you’re right though, so I’m just going to leave numbers out of it. I’ve edited the article now.

  • Thaelyn

    Yeah, per http://www.vgchartz.com/game/29690/dragon-quest-x/, Dragon Quest X sold 630,000 copies in Japan. Probably just a typo is all 🙂

    • Charlotte Buckingham

      The source article said something about 40,000,000… Not sure what, but I should have thought about it first. 40,000,000 is way too high, I agree, haha.

      Changed it now though, thanks.

  • This game would make me buy a Wii U.

  • I hope this gives Wii U a bump

  • The game sounds great! I am always up for Dragon Quest/Warrior! I just hope the Wii U eventually gets GameCube virtual console so I can finally play Baten Kaitos..

  • FrancisUnderwood0482

    as soon as this hits I’ll be buying a WiiU. If I don’t cave and get one for MH Tri Ultimate and Pikmin 3 in the meantime…

  • They need to bring this game to the states..

    • Charlotte Buckingham

      Don’t forget about Europe! 😛

  • Xx_Kares_xX

    It will never be brought to America guys.. Dragon Quest isn’t big enough
    here and Neither is the Wii U. Besides, look at Square’s track record
    lately for localizing anything that’s even SLIGHTLY risky. Not to
    mention the massive failure that was Final Fantasy XIV. Everything about
    this game marks it as a huge failure out of Japan. You are never
    getting your hands on this game unless you get it straight from Japan.

  • Now if only Nintendo and Square Enix have the “Extremely Energetic Balls” to bring Dragon Quest X to the West, that would be splendid. Knowing how DQ X uses the same character customization feature like in DQ IX – the feature that made it the most financially successful installment in Japan and the West – there may just be a chance for this game to see localization.

  • You know, for the people who think that this isn’t coming here, I want to remind you that NoA published Dragon Quest IX, VI, and Monsters Joker 2, and Iwata said that he considers Dragon Quest like Brain Age, as in a game that most people think only has an audience in Japan. Nintendo will do the localization and publishing here in America, partly because they want to keep the series Nintendo exclusive, and partly becasue they want to reap the benefits “when” Dragon Quest blows up here in America like it did in Japan.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      It’s not GOING to blow up in America like it did in Japan, if it was going to it would have sometime in the more than 20 years that it’s been around. Besides, Nintendo hasn’t even been localizing RPGs lately (Last Story, Pandora’s Tower, Xenoblade? The names ring a bell? you know the games that Operation Rainfall were ABOUT?) DQX is an MMO, they aren’t just going to make their money back in initial sales, they have to keep players interested for long periods of time, and when America already isn’t all that interested in the series, there is no reason to think an MMO will win people over.. ESPECIALLY one on a system that is now known to the average gamer as a console for ‘casual players’. It’s not going to happen. (And before I’m bashed, I own and love my wii, and I own all of the main series of DQ as well as a lot of the spin-offs… I’m not a dragon quest hater, I’m just being realistic)

    • Yeah, you’re right. Notice I put “when” in quotation marks. I have no illusions that Dragon Quest will ever be popular here. Or even about Dragon Quest X making money here. But I think Nintendo of Japan DOES think that, which is why they are probably handling the localization and publishing here in the West, just like they did DQ IX. Oh, and we will get the Wii U release. I’m positive Nintendo won’t waste time and money putting a game on the Wii now.

      Why DQX and not the Oprainfall games? Probably has something to do with that the games didn’t make money in Japan, so Nintendo didn’t think they had any chance of making money here. Granted, that was not at all the case; as Xenoblade and Last Story were already translated, all they had to do was release them and see a moderate return on a minimal investment, as will probably happen with Pandora’s Tower as well.

      This is all pure speculation on my part, I stress. Obviously, I don’t work at Nintendo of Japan, so I have no idea of their plans.

  • Vinicius

    I hate, and yet i’n curious about this game. I hate it because I dont like MMO, but I love Dragon Quest. I think they should release this on the rest of the world.