Nintendo: “Dragon Quest Is Gradually Increasing Its Consumer Base”

By Ishaan . October 7, 2010 . 3:10pm


Nintendo published Dragon Quest IX North America and Europe a few months ago in July. Since then, aside from initial sales numbers, we haven’t really heard much as to how it’s doing or what their goals for the title are. At a recent investor Q&A, Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, shed some light on the subject.


Iwata says that to people who are accustomed to the idea of Dragon Quest being a phenomenon in Japan, overseas sales might not appear very impressive. However, feedback from Nintendos of America and Europe indicate that DQIX is doing relatively well in terms of overseas growth.


NOE reported that a Tag Mode event recently held in Paris was greatly enjoyed by participants and the general overseas consensus is that each time such an event is held, the number of players in attendance increases. These gatherings usually tend to involve game or anime fans.


“The fact is, when two people who happen to have common interests are in the same place by chance and if they communicate with a total stranger in an unexpected way, they appear to feel very surprised and enjoy such an encounter,” Iwata stated with regard to Tag Mode.


As such, Nintendo view Dragon Quest IX as one of their “evergreen” titles — one that keeps selling consistently after launch over a long period of time.

  • Cool now do Yangus Quest.


  • ECM

    They need to make the tag mode have limited Internet support for nations that do not have the sheer population density of Japan, e.g. break up North America into regions and allow gamers in those regions to share data across the ‘Net, whether it be by city, metroplex, time zone, etc. (For example, you pick your region *once* on first boot-up and then that’s where you ‘reside’ for tag purposes going forward.)

    This way you preserve the spirit of tag mode and then encourage regional crossover events via E3, PAX, sporting events, etc., etc. (So that someone in, say, NYC could trade their East Coast region maps/etc. w/ people in, say, Chicago in the Mid-Western region by attending a Nintendo-sponsored event in DC.)

    (Yes, this is a very, *very* rough thumbnail, but I tend to think that’d perhaps solve some of the problems with tag mode being a nearly useless feature for the vast, vast majority of players, including myself.)

  • MrRobbyM

    They’re going to lose a fan if I don’t see another home console DQ game.Handheld gaming = ugh.

    • You’ll still be a fan then, since DQX is for a home console.

      • MrRobbyM

        I totally forgot that existed. Well great. More DQ games for me.

    • I think you misspelled “win” there. Handheld gaming = “win”. ;)

      • MrRobbyM

        I have made no grammatical errors.

      • We are the few, the proud, the handheld gamers.

    • Oh no! Not one fan! What will Nintendo do? Love it or hate it, handheld gaming is here to stay and it’s only going to get more advanced. Console gaming isn’t for everyone these days. Handheld gaming is better for someone like me that doesn’t have a lot of time to sit down and boot up a game at home.

      • MrRobbyM

        Wow. Someone took my comment a bit too seriously. I am just expressing my personal opinion on handheld gaming. Not that it sucks and everyone should hate it.


        • I know that it was your opinion. I just thought it was a silly one.

          • MrRobbyM

            It’s silly that I dislike small screen and uncomfortable (to me) controls?

  • A quote from my biometry professor will summarize how I feel about that statement by Iwata that is quoted….”DUH!”

    Anyway what will they even gleam for this, Dragon Quest 11 for 3DS?

  • Am I the only one that wants the new Wii game (battle victory road something) localized? It looks sweet, kinda like Dissidia for DQ fans.

    • MrRobbyM

      No you are not alone. That game looks awesome.

  • I’m glad to hear they feel it’s doing well- I’m a Dragon Quest fan from way back and I keep hoping the series will expand beyond the niche title it’s seemingly always been here in the US.

    I also hope this means they feel it’s doing well enough for the DQ VI remake for DS to get translated.

    • Remake? Seriously?! Why not just move on and hope for another numbered iteration of Dragon Quest, why play olden titles remade when we could have new stuff?

      • Because non-Japanese speaking fans of the series have never had a legal way to play DQ6.

        DQ6 DS was released in Japan nine months ago, so it’s not as if getting it released in the US could hold up continued development on new titles.

      • maxchain

        It’d be kind of an a-hole move on their part to leave the new fans they’ve introduced to the Zenith Dragon trilogy hanging.

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