DQX originally launched for the Wii console in Japan during August and saw over 400,000 copies sold in its first week alone. Not bad for a niche genre Wii game released in the twilight of the consoles lifecycle! One of Square’s longest running, flag ship series, Dragon Quest X was in development for roughly six years before seeing a 2012 release abroad. In 2008, Nintendo even deemed it “the highest profile third-party release announced for the platform” and earned favorable reviews in the influential gaming magazine Famitsu.
Longtime fans of the series will feel comfortable role playing and questing in the sprawling online world of Dragon Quest X amongst familiar faced characters, dungeons and environments rendered by acclaimed manga artist, Akira Toriyama. Square-Enix has also confirmed that both Wii and Wii U players will have access to the same world with cross-platform interaction. However, the Wii U version arriving in the Spring will sport improved high-definition graphics and is highly likely to include some form of integration with the Nintendo 3DS.
Unfortunately for DQ fans in North America, Square-Enix has not confirmed any potential interest in releasing Dragon Quest X Online stateside in the near future. But if Operation Rainfall has taught us anything, it’s that with enough feedback from the core JRPG gaming community, we would never see Nintendo release titles like Xenoblade or The Last Story here in the US.
26An open beta for Dragon Quest X Online is scheduled for February 2013 according to Joystiq.