Dragon Quest X Is The First Game You Can Legally Rent In Japan

By Spencer . November 26, 2012 . 3:46am

imageWhile you can rent audio CDs and DVDs, you can’t rent video games in Japan. That’s part of the reason why the used game market is so big. Players purchase games at launch and race to beat them so they can sell them back for maximum value.


Dragon Quest X is the first game in over two decades you can legally rent. Square Enix and Tsutaya, a chain of DVD/CD/game stores in Japan, will rent Dragon Quest X for eight days and seven nights – for free. The rental version also includes a code to play Dragon Quest X online.


After the eight day trial, you can purchase Dragon Quest X from Tsutaya for 3,800 yen ($46). The game retails for up to 6,980 yen ($85). Saved data from the rental version will carry over to the full version of Dragon Quest X.

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  • Seems like an effective marketing method. It’s basically just an eight day free trial of an MMO, but with a disk.

  • malek86

    Are videogame rentals actually entirely illegal in Japan, or can a company still allow a store to rent their games? I think it happened a few times in the past.

    • I don’t know exactly how it work, but I’ve never seen any games rental service in Japan.

      • malek86

        I read that Sega offered a rental service with the Dreamcast.

        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          Thats kinda a smart move by Sega there considering how many gamers probably never played Dreamcast goodness.^_^(Shenmue especially.)

  • Kandou Erik

    I hope they bring it over to the US. Already the Wii U needs solid titles in it’s lineup (instead of other console released re-treads). An epic and Nintendo Exclusive MMO would be just perfect. (Even if there is a monthly fee) BRING DQX to the US!!!

  • KiTA

    I rather like this idea.

    I’m awaiting the US release announcement. We won’t get the Wii version, but might get the WiiU version.

    In addition, the Dragon Quest 7 remake is being “Evaluated for a US market,” and a marketing employee from Nintendo of America leaked that Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D (the 3DS remake of the first monsters game) is being localized.

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    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Slimy slimy?^_^

  • Riseabovethesky

    It suddenly looks a lot less nice to live in Japan… I am joking :)

  • Jirin

    Man, every time you think the US has big government, you should first look at every other government in the world. It’s shocking to me that the government actually controls video game rentals. Someone in the Japanese government must be getting paid bigtime by big video game execs.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Well Japan case is kinda different lol considering one of Japan biggest industries is the game industries. Without any control, we can surely see some bad game crash again here.

  • “Players purchase games at launch and race to beat them so they can sell them back for maximum value.”

    Exactly what I do, or have to do if I want to play a recent game without having the feeling to get too ripped off…

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