Dragon Quest X Is Coming To The Nintendo 3DS Via Streaming

By Ishaan . July 7, 2014 . 8:30pm

MMORPG Dragon Quest X is coming to the Nintendo 3DS, Square Enix have announced—well, sort of. The game will run on the 3DS using cloud streaming, similar to the smartphone version.


Dragon Quest X will be released on the Nintendo 3DS on September 4th. It will cost 3,800 yen and the 3DS version will be able to play with the other platforms the game is on.


Note that the 3DS version of the game will not support stereoscopic 3D. And yes, it will require a subscription fee like the other versions of the game.


Here’s how the subscription rates work on 3DS:


  • 3-day pass: 350 yen + tax
  • 10-day pass: 650 yen + tax
  • 30-day pass: 1,500 yen +tax

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  • AlphaSixNine

    Via streaming? That doesn’t bode well for me, with my crap ISP. D:

    • Miles Swoger

      Cloud streaming is different, think of it like Playstation Plus, you download the game and you can play it until the subscription runs out.

      • AlphaSixNine

        That doesn’t sound like cloud streaming to me. Pretty sure cloud streaming means the game itself(or some part of it like voices) will be on the cloud and it gets streamed to your device so you need to be connected to the internet to play(or get the part that’s in the cloud). What you’re talking about it a subscription based purchase, like PS+ or some MMORPG.

        • HarakiriKami

          Well technically its an MMORPG.

          Not running natively on the 3DS, being streamed to the device via the cloud

      • DesmaX

        This is more like Playstation Now, actually

  • Combo

    Weird, but interesting. I’m not that big on the game-streaming thing, but it’s kinda cool that the 3DS can do it at all.

  • AceRuby

    And yet still no sighting of an American/European release…

    • They reiterated back in May that they’re looking into an overseas release. Give it time.

      • kylehyde

        Maybe the 3ds version could help.

        • Of all the platforms to release an MMO on in the West, I doubt 3DS would be the first choice, haha. Unless Nintendo steps in for whatever reason to help with publishing.

          • LordHyper

            Didn’t Nintendo do that for Dragon Quest IX and had a decent ad campaign for it?

          • idrawrobots

            They just have to get Seth Green on board.

          • Yep. DQIX did very well, too. Just that Nintendo haven’t talked about Dragon Quest in a while, so no one really knows what’s going on with that right now.

          • CozyAndWarm

            This is just a tinfoil-hat theory, but some people say that Square, in all of their ineptitude, don’t want DQ released in the west to detract sales from their cash-cow baby FF, or to show people just how much FF has stagnated recently. Wouldn’t surprise me if it’s true.

          • That didn’t stop them from bringing Bravely Default over.

          • HarakiriKami

            Nintendo had to do that. lol

      • Slickyslacker

        I thought they were referencing China at the time, though.

        At least, that’s the rumor I heard. Allegedly from someone involved with SE.

        Even then, I still have hope for it leaving Asia.

        • The China quote was for Final Fantasy XIV. That game is being launched in mainland China and other Asian territories. For DQX, they simply said “overseas”.

          • Slickyslacker

            Right, which is still rather noncommittal.

  • Kenny Loh


  • Zangetsu777

    Square Enix needs to stop rubbing DQ in my face………

  • DesmaX

    Man, I can’t imagine how fast internet is in japan if they can stream an MMO game on their 3DS/Phones

    • darke

      The resolution of the top screen of the 3ds is pathetic though (no 3d so, what, 400×240?), and the game isn’t a twitch shooter. Gaikai was playable at 720p on US-terrible connections.

      • DesmaX

        But we’re talking wireless connection here. Even Playstation Now recommends that you use a wired connection

        • darke

          Yeah, but vita wirelessly streams from a PS3/PS4/PlaystationNow as well; and that’s nearly six times the number of pixels. Your connection from ISP to home-router, and from home-wireless-router to 3DS wirelessly should be both fine for DQX.

          If it’s piggybacking on a known protocol, something like HDMI-via-TCP, it’s only going to be transmitting the differences between the two frames too. Even running it at 60fps shouldn’t be a problem (though that’s pretty worthless due to input latency) since there should only be relatively small differences between frames.

  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owl

    Pretty amazing that even the 3DS can do that…that’s pretty much rare in this case.

  • Charles

    Dragon Quest X Is Coming To…
    The Nintendo 3DS Via Streaming.

    • flameraver64

      More like

      Dragon Quest X Is Coming To…
      The Nintendo 3DS
      *Gasps intensify*
      Via Streaming

      • Satori Satya

        More like

        – Dragon Quest X is coming to….
        -….The Nintendo 3DS!
        *gasp intensifies*
        – Via Streaming!
        – And will stay in Japan forever!
        ‘Damn you, Region Lock! (and language barrier).

        • idrawrobots

          I own Ni no Kuni on the DS. I reached a point far too early that made progress near impossible. Thanks Region-Lock!

          • Satori Satya

            You want me to tell you that DS games are region free? Because I might do that.

          • HarakiriKami

            He’s thanking region lock because he thinks ni no kuni is shit because it stole his time

          • idrawrobots

            While my 3DS can play a Japanese DS game. I can’t play it because I have no idea what is happening in it. If it wasn’t for Region-Lock on the 3DS I would be able to not play even more games.

          • HarakiriKami

            Exactly lol

        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          And will stay in Japan forever!

          Blame S-E for this one sadly. They had IP locked.T_T The pain of buying game where u are unabe to play.^_^

        • Herok♞

          Region lock doesn’t hurt in the case of MMO’s where they would lock you out of servers because of IP address

  • Somebodyissilent

    Now Nintendo is streaming games? Sony changed everything.

    • Satori Satya

      Nintendo? Sony? Those two are waaaay late to the party. Gaikai has been doing it for years. YEARS.

      • idrawrobots

        Please, Sega Channel started in 93.

        • Somebodyissilent

          Does Sony own them now?

          • Satori Satya


        • Satori Satya

          And it flopped.

          Gaikai will not flop.

          • Tom_Phoenix

            But Gaikai already has flopped. =P

      • darke

        Yes, that would be the company that Sony acquired.

        The problem was that Gakai never managed to actually be profitable streaming.

        Sony seems to be somehow going to make profitability happen, presumably through it’s metric ton of back catalogue that isn’t available though any other channel (aside from, you know, buying the discs and a ps3/ps2/ps1/psp/vita/whatever).

    • Exkaiser

      Nintendo had the Satellaview attachment for the Super Famicom back in 95.

      • Somebodyissilent

        Is that cloud streaming?

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Nintebendo been doing that with the SNES and the N64 Disk drive. do your homework

      • Somebodyissilent

        Wireless over the web? Really?

        • ShawnOtakuSomething

          satellite for the snes and Web for the 64

          • Somebodyissilent

            I find it odd you Nintendo fans can look back and find things like this, so you can say Nintendo did it first but only when it’s convenient for you. Never when Nintendo is the copy cat. Not gonna look it to this anymore, but needless to say Nintendo failed as no one remembers this.

          • ShawnOtakuSomething

            The DD failed hard and the Snes satellaview was Japan Exclusive and did well. Hey Bro or dudette. Everyone copies everyone. No need to aim at one company

          • Somebodyissilent

            So it’s ok for Nintendo to do it but not for Sony?

          • ShawnOtakuSomething

            can you drop it?I not saying its was. just stating facts

    • Lastlight

      When Nintendo does something “unique” no one bats an eye
      When Sony does it
      Everyone goes crazy

      • Somebodyissilent

        Sad but true. At least people are starting to wise up to Nintendo.

  • Kaetsu
    • ElAbuelo69

      Another boxart to never reach the states :)

    • This is a special package that will probably see retail release, but there isn’t going to be a “cartridge” for this game, as far as I can tell. You download an app, and from there on out, it’s all cloud streaming.

  • I don’t understand how they can physically release a game you stream.

    The important thing is, between this and the DS virtual console, Nintendo seems to finally be catching on that they should just make games available across all their platforms. Especially when they’re no longer interested in chasing bleeding edge tech in the home console market. I’m feeling more and more confident that their next platform will be some sort of hybrid handheld/console thing.

    • LightZero

      Personally I think making their system share games would hurt them more than help. Obviously their handhelds will do better and cannibalize any potential sale they could get on their consoles. This is partly the reason why the Vita is flopping besides Sony’s lack of interest. It has no real identity of its own.

  • ………. There is salt in my colon. Is this true meaning of butthurt cause yes…. I am but as always they’re in control so whatever happens happens.

  • awat

    How about you give us Dragon Quest VII for our 3ds

    • John Pena

      Hahaha, I was about to say the same thing. But knowing Square Enix, ive given up on them along time ago!

    • ThatGuy3190_7

      They’ll probably give it to us via iOS.

  • Prithivi

    I was soooo happy till I read the streaming part. It’s an interesting movement though.

  • realist

    >mmos on handheld

    Japan is losing it’s goddamn mind

    • Christopher Taylor

      its the future, more of Nintendos magic, deal with it.

    • Lastlight

      Never heard of Phantasy star online 2 on the vita
      Monster Hunter Frontier is gonna be on the vita too

  • デ オオカミ

    Does the fact that you’re actually streaming the game affect gameplay in any way? (Aside from obvious connectivity issues)

  • zoidberg590

    Is it possible for Square Enix to be any more out of touch with their audience. Their incompetence has become staggering, a joke. That They will not pay a few hundred thousand dollars to translate DQX and release it outside Japan is astounding. Just one English language version could serve both US and Europe, and the blogs and gamer sites would do all the promoting.

    Fucking fire their PR guys seriously.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      No online game based on niche JRPG title with pay to play system is going to survive outside of Japan here.

      • Shane Guidaboni

        Pretty much this. You’re crazy if you think DQX will do well over here.

      • Christopher Taylor

        It will survive, long as they put the US/EU servers together, they got alot of ways to do it and already have the server cluster for FFXIV thats up in Montreal canada to place the DQX servers. The Philippines actually want Dragon Quest X more than we do, and since the game doesn’t require low latency to play period, nor any high bandwidth, and the PC Reqs for it are low, SE could keep the DQX servers for US/EU in Japan if they want, or anywhere in the world and everyone would be able to play it completely fine. Whatever is cheapest for them. Thus they could put in a low sub cost, Im thinking 5.99 a month, which is hardly anything.

      • The Valhallan Gladiator

        You have to take into account that not only Dragon Quest fans will buy this game if it comes to western shores, MMO players in general are always looking for something new to play. Final Fantasy XI was square’s most profitable entry in the entire Final Fantasy series, even amidst the likes of competition like World of Warcraft. DQX is going to be supported for the next 10 years according to the developers. It will do fine if brought over here, especially with the subscription fee constantly bringing in revenue.

  • CozyAndWarm

    Iiiiiinteresting. Hopefully this streaming actually works well. And hopefully it comes to the west…

  • triablos

    I would take dragon quest VII over an MMO anytime. I’m actually surprised people actually want DQX here. It would sell like 1000 copies. Not only is it a subscription based MMO, but its of a franchise that doesn’t exactly sell in the west.

    • Christopher Taylor

      Naw itll sell, you havent played mmos a long enough time like I have, theirs alot of oldschool mmo players like me who played mmos back during the starting of Everquest who would want Dragon Quest X, due to how it handles its gameplay, content and mechanics.

      Dragon Quest does sell well enough here, every numbered entry they give us always sells well. You need to look more into Dragon Quest X to see what I am talking about.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    That’s Neato

  • awang0718

    Seems cool. I hope it sells better than the Wii and Wii U versions.

  • Max

    The ”streaming” part will make this a lot more difficult to play from outside of Japan than on a JPWiiU with a VPN.

  • Lemski07

    wtf is this sht?!

  • thnkgod4mentlillness

    Soooo… still no proper DQ sequel yet?

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