Dragon Quest X Coming To Wii U On March 30, Beta Test On March 6

By Spencer . February 18, 2013 . 2:44am

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         Square Enix will release Dragon Quest X for Wii U on March 30. The MMORPG has the same content as the Wii release, but the Wii U version has enhanced graphics and the option to play Dragon Quest X on the Wii U GamePad. Dragon Quest X will retail for 6,980 yen ($75) and include a ticket for 20 days of online play.


Nintendo will also release a Dragon Quest X hardware bundle which includes a Wii U premium set (32 GB console and a point system for digital games), Dragon Quest X for Wii U, a black Pro Controller, a Nintendo prepaid card worth 1,000 yen, and five super health orbs for 42,000 yen ($452).



Instead of bundling Nintendo Land, the Wii U premium set has an invitation to the Dragon Quest X beta in Japan. The beta test kicks off on March 6.


Nintendo will also release a new Dragon Quest X Nintendo prepaid card worth 3,000 yen in Japan. If you get the game from Square Enix and you get a pair of round spectacles with white spots to equip on your avatar.


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  • Ayaka

    Makes me feel unsure about its hypothetical release in the west.

    Surely the Dragon Quest brand is quite strong here too (not even the half of what it stands for in Japan, but still) but the online setting could be either the detail for a boom in sales, or the factor which would cut a possible success.

    To be honest, I hope they give a shot with a localization project, we’ll see.

    • $39420547

      i think if they bring it over with subscription it won’t do well

      • Ayaka

        I’m with you here but I don’t really get why myself.
        People are used to it, everything with “Blizzard” in the description is usually a killer application which goes sold-out in the first week, and there is a game to pay with monthly fees as well… maybe because we have a single-player brand here? Honestly I can’t really come up with anything else, but I do hope they localize this title as well.

    • Warboss Aohd

      if it haz a monthly fee it will undoubtedly fail, if it does not, it could work.

      • isfuturebright

        Didn’t it say in some news that you could play for 1 hour everyday without paying it?

    • foopy

      With the Wii U doing poorly here, the extreme cost to localize and maintain such a game, and Square’s current track record with localizing even hotly demanded games that don’t have Final Fantasy or Kingdom Hearts in the title, I really doubt this will be coming west.

      Perhaps if the Wii U gathers steam and there’s an opportunity to do it cheaply in a few years it might happen.

      • Raharu95

        wait… the Wii U is doing Poorly?

      • Classic mistake media and businesses make is high profit expectations in a not so high profit market. The market is not the same as it once was… if you don’t add the change in market into your expectations, then you will always be disappointed when comparing to a boom era of your business. I wouldn’t be surprised if all the next-gen consoles fall short of some of their recent sales history until the market gets more saturated with new gen consoles. The gamers are still here, but the shift in gamer demographics/available tech devices will become key in game console survival.

    • Pockystix

      It’s difficult to imagine what form the game will wind up taking in the
      west, should it be localized. We’ve had a pretty decent track record for
      releases of WiiU games so far, and DQ titles (for the most part) have
      seen a western release. If there’s a good time to really release the
      game here, it’s probably best to do it now, when interest is still high,
      and the console is lacking strong RPG titles, to fill the void.

      As for the payment method, I could see them going for the Guild Wars 2
      model; but again, it would result in some change to the game. I’m
      thinking they’ll more than likely have separate servers for the west and
      Japan. Probably to avoid the huge split that occurred with FFXI. It’d
      also help them keep the servers generally cheaper. I’d just expect the
      game to more than likely have some server issues, like Monster Hunter
      Tri on the Wii. Not perfect, but still very function-able.

    • I highly doubt DQX is getting localized.

      • Farid Belkacemi

        It’s comming ! :p

    • Lightthrower

      With the WiiU not doing well, they have to bring this over to move more consoles. Only 50K were sold last month in NA.

  • Göran Isacson

    What do they mean by “prepaid card”- is that like playtimetime you buy in advance?

    • Tails the Foxhound

      Sounds like the normal eShop money cards to me.

  • isfuturebright

    So you have to buy the game and pay a monthly fee? :/

    • KHSoraKeyBlade

      Yes, it’s a P2P MMO. Many don’t survive the model but WoW and FFXI have been doing it for years. I think DQX will be fine though as it has been already since it released on the Wii.

  • Nitraion

    If only you can play online and offline….
    I mean online=pay, not pay=offline…
    i know my idea doesn’t make sense but still the game itself is really high stake price for me…:

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