Nintendo President Says 2011 Is 25th Anniversary Of Dragon Quest And Zelda

By Ishaan . January 30, 2011 . 6:02pm

At Nintendo’s financial results briefing for the third quarter of their ongoing fiscal year, Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, made mention of an interesting fact: 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the Dragon Quest and Zelda franchises.


At the briefing, Iwata revealed to investors, “One of the Wii titles scheduled to be launched this year is, as you know, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.  Last year was the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.” 


Iwata continued: “This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda.  For your information, the year 2011 also marks the 15th anniversary of Pokémon and 25th anniversary of Dragon Quest, among others.”


Notice how Dragon Quest is mentioned alongside a bunch of high-profile first-party Nintendo games? That’s because Dragon Quest X is in development for the Wii, and the last two Dragon Quest games in the U.S. and Europe have been published by Nintendo. Perhaps we’ll finally hear news of Dragon Quest X this year.


Screenshot from Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors.

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  • Zero_Destiny

    Oh yes Dragon Quest X this year. I’d be so happy if it came out to be true and we still have suspicions like this [] I just hope that if we get a 25th anniversary collection for Dragon Quest/Zelda it’ll be better than the Mario port on the Wii. And hey celebrating Dragon Quest and Zelda with Dragon Quest VI and Skyward Sword is epic!!!

    • PurpleDoom

      I think I’d go crazy if they did I – VII in a Wii collection. I try not to day-1 things, but with DQ it’s hard to resist.

      But what’s with all the hate for the All-Stars port? It was never made out to be anything more, it worked, and it was cheap… even if the game is 17 years old I don’t see anything particularly wrong with that.

      • malek86

        It’s like they used the anniversary as just an excuse to re-release the games yet another time with once again a relatively high price tag. Did they even care?

        When it comes to movies, for example, an Anniversary edition will usually have tons of extra contents and maybe even a video remaster.

        • PurpleDoom

          That’s a good point about the movies, it does make the port seem like a quick cash grab in comparison, but I guess it’s just something I personally appreciated and my opinion doesn’t match up with everyone else’s here.

  • Would be great if we get a Zelda collection (I know we had Zelda Master Collection back on Gamecube) with the Link to the Past and maybe the GB/GBA games?

    Also, he did not acknowledge Metroid. Quite disappointed. A retro Metroid collection would be cool. We already have the Metroid Prime Collection.

    Finally, I wonder when we’ll have more infos abour DQX.

    • If anything it would probably be the Metroid games coming to the virtual shop on the 3DS potentially.

      • PurpleDoom

        Yeah, this is pretty much it, unfortunately. I think he opted not to say anything because he doesn’t want to get people’s hopes up when they have nothing planned.

  • He forgot to say Metroid right ? …right ?!?!?!?!

  • andref

    Does dragon quest have a problem with reusing hairstyles or does that blond woman look like Deborah from dragon quest v remake for the DS

    • Yamaneko22

      That’s just part of Akira Toriyama’s style…

    • Zero_Destiny

      I do not see the relationship between Bianca and Fleurette (the girl in the pic from Dragon Quest Swords on Wii) Debora (the new bride made just for the DS remake of V) and Fleurette yes. But not really Bianca their only similarities are that there both blond. But yeah Debora and Fleurette do look a lot alike and if you look at the one chick on the US box for IX she looks similar too. It’s funny considering there all recent drawings so maybe Akira Toriyama has a thing for woman with bird-nest hair now or something lol

      • andref

        Sorry I must have had a slip up I should have said Deborah I forgot Bianca was the magica and blue haired bride and Deborah was the black haired daughter

        • Zero_Destiny

          Oh!!! Sorry my bad too went on a fan rant not even thinking you made a mistake lol Sorry

  • Natat

    Uh… what about Metroid dood?

  • joesz

    Now I read this,I just figured out that we didn’t have any Dragon Quest announcements for the PS3,PSP and…360 for a longtime.

    • PurpleDoom

      Yeah, it’s pretty much a Nintendo franchise now. While they don’t publish them in Japan, as you probably know, Armor Project and Level-5 always opt to develop for Nintendo systems anyway. Perhaps since that’s where the largest international userbase is?

  • Aiddon

    you forgot to mention Metroid.

    • PurpleDoom

      Well, Other M didn’t do very well, and they don’t have many options for re-releases since Metroid and Super Metroid are already covered and it doesn’t have any compilation like Mario or Zelda does. The most they could do would be to release Metroid II on the 3DS Virtual Console. Unless they have a new game planned already…

  • skyblaze

    It’s Sonic’s 20th too, dood

    • This! This is the most important of all and we are getting a Sonic 20th Anniversary game, and I believe two more Sonic games they said, with one for the powerful systems. I know one thing, I will be there on Day 1 Baby, for those Sonic games!!!

    • Zero_Destiny

      So the 15 year old anthropomorphic Hedgehog is turning twenty now huh? Hey wait a minute … lol

  • ipatz

    I hope nintendo won’t try to make cheap move to squeeze money customers’ pocket like Mario 25th collection.

    • PurpleDoom

      It wasn’t TOTALLY unappreciated… as someone too young to have owned a Super Nintendo back in the day, I was thrilled when they announced they would port it to Wii. Especially without any extras. I love SNES games just the way they are.

      • Yup there’s a reason why they say “Old is Gold”

  • Icon

    Dragon Quest: one of the best franchises out there. I’m so fearful they’ll move DQX to the 3DS like they moved DQ9 to the DS. I want it on a home system!

    • The article states that DQX is in development for the Wii.

      • Well perhaps that is from the last time Nintendo/Square Enix mentioned it. The article doesnt seem to state that Iwata said Dragon Quest Wii in this investors meeting.

        • necrosex

          and? amazing how little raises suspicion.

          • Icon

            He’s not suspicious, he just remembers recent DQ games, like any player should. That’s why no one should believe DQX is coming to the Wii until they actually see it.

      • Icon

        Guess you didn’t read the part where I said they moved the last DQ from Wii to DS?

        • Joanna

          eh? That’s the first I’ve heard of that. From all the information I’ve read before, DQIX was always planned to be on DS and wasn’t moved from any other system. Maybe you are referring to the statement SE issued that DQIX would be on the system with the largest install base? Well at the time they announced DQIX, that was the DS (and still is).

    • Zero_Destiny

      Well for a good while now SE has stated that Dragon Quest X is going to be on the Wii. But I don’t think it would of been bad on the 3DS either. I loved Dragon Quest IX even if it took away the random encounters. It was fun. And having played all the Dragon Quest I don’t really get the complaint about the lack of charas. While developed charas are good their not the most important thing for a game led alone it’s story. A lot of the earlier Dragon Quest did the same thing with no real personalities for your party members. Just like the first Final Fantasy game. Besides there was great charas in IX and many of them had really emotional stories. It’s just that none of them were playable charas. Anyways to each his own and I can’t wait for X!!!!! XD

      • Well DQX would be my first one as well. I hope more is shown as I would be excited to finally play this highly lauded and cherished series.

        • Zero_Destiny

          Why not pick up Dragon Quest IX? It’s really good, and cheap. I think it even has better graphics than Golden Sun DS too.

          • I just thought that game was too focused on the customization and multiplayer and not on the story and giving me a fresh character with a fresh path cut out for them (plus the ads Im faced when viewing One Piece on funimations site, turned me away from the game, it just seemed unintersting for some reason).

          • Zero_Destiny

            *Points to my above post* IX had some really good charas and the story was great. The multiplayer is really fun but playing the game alone doesn’t ruin the experience at all. Plus how can someone not like customization and play RPGs? I thought you beat Final Fantasy XIII? You customize the hell out of your charas in that game, so why is customization a bad thing now? Besides just like every Dragon Quest game YOU ARE THE MAIN CHARA, similar to Pokemon. The guy on the screen is just your avatar. Sure he’s got he’s own back-story but he’s still you. So are you saying you’re a boring chara lol I kid, I kid. I do hope you check it out or at least check out X. It’s a great series.

          • Icon

            You should play the remakes they released on the DS. Trust me, you’ll love them.

    • kupomogli

      Who cares what system it’s on. The main thing I’m hoping is that the next Dragon Quest will be good. After the disappointment of DQ9, which was even worse than DQ8, I’m really not interested in DQ10 even though I’ve been a fan of the series since the original release.

      Just like the Final Fantasy series the Dragon Quest series is really going down hill. The Mana series has pretty much hit rock bottom. What series will Square Enix release this gen and ruin? Chrono? Ogre Battle? SaGa? Ports and remakes are pretty hard to ruin, but Squaresoft has done it plenty of times before so Tactics Ogre and SaGa aren’t necessarily safe.

      • Zero_Destiny

        What? I mean it’s OK if you don’t like Dragon Quest but being a hardcore fan myself I think every game has held over pretty strong. I don’t think it’s been ruined or anything and I loved IX a whole lot. I can see the complaints against Final Fantasy I personally think it peaked at VI and it’s been a bumpy ride of good and bad games ever since and I even made the same statement about how they ruined the Mana series but I don’t think SE has done wrong to Dragon Quest over the years the games are great. And I had some gripes with IX but it really felt like a beefed up version of III to me so that was great since III is awesome. The remake of VI is coming out soon and that’s my fav one so I’m really excited I’ll finally be able to own it in English instead of Super Famicom copy I got for display purposes only lol. I still don’t know how you can complain about SE ruining Dragon Quest but I do hope you still give the series the benefit of the doubt and check out the future releases and maybe pick-up VI because it’s awesome XD!!!

      • raymk

        well they didn’t ruin tactics ogre remake its actually better than the original. I don’t know whats wrong with dq8 or dq9 as i’ve enjoyed them both. DQ9 was for multiplayer and with my friends it was fun(even though i wish it had been real time like before they changed it). DQ8 was a fun game and it wasn’t easy and then there was jessica as well (ok so that’s not a good reason to like it but i did enjoy her costume selection)

      • Icon

        I care what system it’s on. I want to play a DQ game on a home system. I prefer one big screen rather than two little ones. I like better graphics and sound, bigger worlds and characters, and I want the relaxed feel of the Wii controls. Hell, I even want waggle. Yeah, I said it. I think it’d be fun, if done right.

      • Devonian

        implying DQVIII was bad
        I… what?

      • Joanna

        I thought they already ruined SaGa with the PS2 game? lol.


        ok I know I’m not funny… *goes to sulk in a corner*

  • Guest

    So publish Dragon Quest Monsters Battle Road Victory to the U.S. and Europe as well then!

  • Dragon Warrior for VC?

    • jarrodand

      Sure bet in Japan leading up DQX, which means we’ll probably get DW1-4 in the US.

      Personally, I’d be more interested in DW1-3 on the 3DS VC.

      • Joanna

        After the announcement of 3D Classic (NES games) and the fact that there is a GBC port of 1 & 2 and 3. We better be getting it one way or another! I missed out on the ports of 1&2, so I’d love to be able to play them on the go now. I’m just missing 1,2, and 7 for the mainline game now. A little help SE? (Although if anything, I’ll just ebay those 2 eventually).

  • Roanoke834

    I’m calling a Wii port of this:'s_Edition

    Hopefully it won’t be near as lazy as the All-Stars port for Mario’s 25th. Thought to be honest I’d be happy just getting Ocarina of Time 3DS and Skyward Sword this year.

    • Zero_Destiny

      Nnoooo!!!! I already own that!!!!!
      Plus I got one better a port of this:
      That’ll be what what Nintendo uses lol

      • platomaker

        I say remake the four swords game with wii-DS or 3DS connectivity.

    • I’ll be good with that actually.

      If they fix the bugs that are in Majora’s Mask.

    • jarrodand

      No thanks. Give me BSX Zelda on a disc and I’ll happily pay $29.99 however.

  • Yukito

    As much as I love Dragon Quest, I see it going the way of FF soon. It seems they want it to.

    • PurpleDoom

      What exactly do you mean by that..?

    • You mean being immensely successful with a huge load of quality spin-off games on portable systems? Yes, I see that happening, too. :)

      • Yukito

        More like it being a Square Enix property, so change is inevitable, since they also said turnbased isn’t in anymore. They already got rid of random battles, and DQ9 was originally an ARPG, but the Japan outburst made them keep it turnbased. That sort of tells me that it will be an ARPG eventually, which the series should NOT be in the numbered set. If they want to make a sidename, like “Dragon Quest: Adventures” or whatever, sure, but I can see them taking it, and twisting it into a complete pile of fecalmatter.

        Like I said, I love the series, but signs are showing, that it is changing, and while I don’t mind change, Dragon Quest is a series that really shouldn’t.

        • Zero_Destiny

          I’d hate it if the series became an Action RPG but I’d still probably buy them all lol A spin-off would be work fine too. Plus yay the best thing about Dragon Quest is how it’s stayed the same and remembered it’s roots. But change isn’t all bad either. Just as long as it’s still good I guess!!!

          • Yukito

            Well, this trailer below, says it was going to be:


            Sort of just tells me they want to do it….to pull it away from it’s turnbased style. Dragon Quest has always been the classic “turnbased” game. I don’t want that to happen. As said, a spinoff would be ideal, but if they start crossing ARPGs and Online subscription gaming like FF has had recently in their numbered titles…..that would seriously kill me to see something that started it all, follow suit.

          • Zero_Destiny

            Oh don’t remind me, I was fan-raging and crying over that way back when it was first announced lol. I like to think that now I’m older and hopefully wiser that I’d still give my fav series the benefit of the doubt now. Plus after just playing the Lufia 2 remake for the DS (which is WAY more like an re-imaging than a remake) I’ve been shut-upped on the “They changed it so now it sucks” argument. If the series changes I’ll probably still love it if the games are good and it still has the same atmosphere and charm that it’s always had. Sadly Final Fantasy hasn’t done both for me, it’s changed so much and is all futuristic and tech driven worlds now instead of the old medevil Final Fantasies I fell in love with. But all my complaining aside the recent one’s are still good too. Change in industries like video games are always scary, after all no one wants something they loved to become warped and resemble something completely different. But by God I’m willing to try to fall in love with that different thing it became so long as it’s still good (not that I don’t want Dragon Quest to stay the same though)

          • Yukito

            Like I said, I don’t mind some change, but this is a Square Enix owned title, which assures major changes in the future. Isn’t it their only last turnbased RPG? I don’t want to think so, but I do sadly. Also, not saying I wouldn’t like the game after it’s changes, but if they are going to change it, don’t call it Dragon Quest. Make a new IP or something.

          • Zero_Destiny

            lol Oh no I wasn’t accusing you of not liking it, if it got changed. I guess I was just making a statement. It’s sad that turn-based games are being phased-out and I’ve probably been brainwashed a bit into liking those kinds of action games now since it’s all we get lol But yeah I want the series to stay as close to it’s roots as possible for as long as it can. If it does that I won’t complain,

          • PurpleDoom

            The only major Square Enix property I can think of that’s undergone many changes is Final Fantasy… and it’s been that way from the very beginning. I’m going to wait and see; I’d be disappointed if it turned out an Action RPG as well, but I have a feeling the backlash from IX gave them a lesson in that regard.

          • Yukito

            @Zero, oh, I know you weren’t accusing me. Don’t worry. Like I said, I do like action games either way myself, but I just wish some series would….you know….. stay true to their names. Pushing out a new IP or a side-game isn’t that hard. I don’t know why most don’t do it. The Megaman Series has done it alot, which I am proud of Capcom for doing, even though I don’t really like them.

            @Purple: There is also Front Mission, which moved from turnbased SRPG, to a full out mech action I believe. Can’t speak on KH or PE though. Then again, those ones never had turnbased at the start, or so I believe (atleast I know KH didn’t)….

            Either way, changing a little bit each game is enough to make it happen eventually. I mean, DQ8, you start seeing the characters in battle, the menu started to change and stuff…. and now in 9, the loss of random battles, which, could easily get tossed over to an ARPG further down the road. =/

          • Zero_Destiny

            Oh man I was not happy with the new Front Mission it just wasn’t for me. But I did hear some good things about it. I agree that more companies should just branch off their products so not to alienate their fans. I still have no idea why Final Fantasy XI and XIV aren’t just called Final Fantasy Online I&II, all I got is SE thought it would make more money if it was a main part of the series. lol

          • Yukito

            Oh boy, you have no idea how many times I have said that. FFO1 and FFO2…… The FF series don’t even flow together anyways, so why say it has something to do? Online could be their own side thing. It sort of really makes the FF series look like a mess.

      • Zero_Destiny

        It’s already Happening :D Dragon Quest Monster, Slime Mori Mori, Dragon Quest Swords, Mystery Dungeon Dragon Quest Games, DSi Ware Tactics games, and the Battle Road games!!! Yay for for successful series with awesome spin-offs!!!

  • vadde939

    I am absolutely expecting DQ X to get released in Japan this year. It really is time for a big reveal that will hype people for the game too. Just announcing it’s in development and the platform it’s on isn’t enough. Especially since that was way back in 2008 and we’ve heard virtually nothing since.

  • Please give us some information about Dragon Quest X even Versus XIII got an update now.

    • PurpleDoom

      Hmm… for Japan it’s a mystery, but if Nintendo publishes this in the States (which should be expected at this point) they’re going to come out of nowhere and be like “Dragon Quest X! It comes out in three months! BUY IT!” and then put posters everywhere. Man, the publisher switch to Nintendo has done nothing but good.

  • PurpleDoom

    Oh man, two of my favorite franchises right there! I’d love to see a Dragon Quest collection, myself (Ideally containing the Super Famicom versions of I – III, the PS1 version of IV, and then V, VI, and VII… I’m dreaming, I know.)

    This also reminds me that 2012 is Final Fantasy’s 25th anniversary, and I’ll be darned if SE doesn’t have something up their sleeves. Let the rampant speculation begin!

  • malek86

    Notice how they don’t care about Metroid.

    But why would he mention DQ? Yeah, I know the game is coming for the Wii, but between this and the publishing of DQ9 in the west, it feels almost like they bought the IP or something. DQ11 on 3DS confirmed?

    • vadde939

      Given how crazy-popular DQ IX was I think a DQ IX style DQ game on the 3DS is pretty much confirmed but whether it will be numbered or not is debatable.

    • Chaheezor

      DQ has most been on Nintendo consoles. Plus it’s one of the most popular and successful RPG franchises in Japan with an ever growing fanbase over here in the west. It’d make less sense for him not to mention it.

      But it is odd that he wouldn’t mention Metroid though. I mean both DQ and Metroid were released in the same year.

    • Tom_Phoenix

      I don’t think that they don’t care about Metroid so much as that they realise that they ended up (figuratively speaking) screwing the pooch hard with Other M. As such, they probably think it is for the best to not mention the series any more and let it lay dormant for the time being.

      While I think that is wise, I still hope they will end up doing something with the Dread project. Also, it would be nice if they fired Sakamoto before he does any more damage to the series and let someone like Retro Studios handle it, but that is a different topic entirely.

      • malek86

        Wouldn’t that be a tad excessive? I know companies don’t like to talk about their failures, but Metroid is still a popular series, especially among their old fans.

        Perhaps, in fifteen years they’ll look back at it and laugh, like they do with the Virtual Boy today.

      • Oh come on, you’re usually better than that, Tom. Sakamoto does a whole lot other than Metroid. He spearheaded Tomodachi Collection and was part of the Mii initiative, too, both of which have been very successful.

        I think Other M, in terms of concept, was a step in the right direction. Imagine the same sort of game on the 3DS where you have the Circle Pad instead of the Wii remote’s crappy D-Pad, and you’ve already got a more comfortable game. As for what happened with Samus’ personality and other areas of criticism…I’d say Sakamoto learnt a hell of a lot from this experience, and won’t be making the same mistake again. :p

        • Icon

          I’m not sure Sakamoto would agree with the idea that his work on Samus’ personality is a “mistake.”

          • I don’t think he has a choice. The numbers don’t lie…Other M sold like poop everywhere.

            (I should point out that I love Other M, btw. Just that most people don’t share my love for it)

          • Icon

            I loved it too. But, yeah, I don’t see them going the Other M route again as far as story goes. We’ll see.

        • jarrodand

          Agreed. Tomodachi Collection outsold all the Wii and DS Metroids combined, in just one region… and then there’s also success stories like Rhythm Heaven or Wario Ware. I doubt Sakamoto’s position is in any jeopardy.

          I agree on a 3DS Metroid using the Other M base engine too. Just drop the pixel hunts, expensive CG cinemas, and open up the world design a bit and I think a lot of MOM’s harshest critics would be changing their tune. I’d like to see Sakamoto’s team do a complete “Zero Mission” style Metroid II remake using it, the game could certainly use some sprucing up.

          • Agree 100%. I know people love to (with no logic whatsoever) bag on Team Ninja for “ruining” Other M, but they are the sole reason the game is as good as it is. I would argue Sakamoto himself did more harm than good, while TN made the game worth playing.

            I’d love to see them explore what else they can do on 3DS. The first-person mechanic would transfer over perfectly, too, given the touchscree and gyro-sensors and whatnot.

            But! I will say I want Metroid 5 more than a remake of II. I want to see what post-Fusion Samus is like. :P

  • No plans for Metroid ? :( I’m sad…

  • Yes yes more DQ!!! -tears of joy-

    • Dude, lol, calm down!!!!! Dont get all emotional on us now!!!

    • Zero_Destiny

      *Joins in on the Joyful crying*

  • neo_firenze

    So am I the only one who’d be less surprised to see DQX moved to 3DS than to see it actually end up releasing on Wii?

    • Actually unless Ninty has plans for a Wii Successor the end of this year or next year, then I could imagine it actually staying on the Wii; they gotta keep the software support strong to save their dwindling profits from dwindling hardware sales.

    • Zero_Destiny

      I kind of think it might end up on 3DS. The only way I can see the game come out in time (the window of 2011-13) is if it’s been worked on for a while in secret (which could be the case). But Level-5 seems quite busy lately so I don’t know. Maybe a diff studio will make it? Nah, Enix and Level-5 are pretty buddy-buddy I think Enix will stick with them for a while. Either way I’m happy.

    • They aren’t going to move DQX to a system that isn’t even out yet.

      • Icon

        So, you’re suggesting Square Enix has to make the launch date of the 3DS?!

        • No, I’m saying even within the span of a single year (which is likely when we’ll see DQX in my opinion), the 3DS will not have sold half as many systems as the Wii has, to date. Also consider the fact that now there’s a very real opportunity to get people to pay attention to DQX outside of Japan with Nintendo’s help, just like with Monster Hunter Tri. I doubt they want to pass that opportunity up.

    • Icon

      No, I’m right with you. DQ9 was promised for the Wii for a long time until they revealed that it had been ported to the DS. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see this happen all over. It would depend on how popular the handheld is though.

      • Where was DQIX promised for the Wii?

      • vadde939

        DQ IX was never announced for the Wii it was always in development for the DS. The only DQ IX on Wii information I’ve seen was an unsubstantiated rumor of DQ IX being multiplat Wii/DS release with the Wii version being a port of the DS version like Echoes of Time which turned out to be false. Don’t make claims you can’t back up.

  • Icon

    I’m shocked anyone is even suggesting that this is a lock for the Wii. You guys don’t have long memories, huh? DQ9 was promised for the Wii for a long time. Guess what? They ended up moving it to the DS. Proper DQ games take a long time to make, Yuji Horii even admits this. I won’t be surprised if this is announced for the 3DS.

    • jarrodand

      Eh, DQIX was announced for DS before Wii even released? Are you thinking PS3 or something, DQIX on Wii was never even considered a possibility?

  • Dragon Quest X for Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii????!!!! Wooowwwww!!!

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