Dragon Quest X Online revealed for Wii and Wii U, coming in 2012

It’s been years since Square Enix first revealed it was going to release the tenth mainline Dragon Quest game on Wii, and today at a special press event in Japan the public got to see the game for the first time. With a title that roughly translates to Dragon Quest X Online: Rise of the Five Tribes, the game makers reconfirmed it was coming to Wii, but dropped the big surprise it would be hitting the Wii U as well.

Above: Forgive the image quality, as these come directly from the live streaming event

After detailing the other DQ games coming soon (Fortune Street and Rocket Slime 3D among them), series creator Yuji Horii took the stage to introduce the new title. After showing off a snazzy intro cinema showcasing the five tribes from the title, he started going into the online aspects of the game. Though they stressed it can be enjoyed offline with computer-created party members, you can take your created character online and interact with other players, trade items, download new quests, many things familiar to players of Dragon Quest IX.

Graphically the early footage looked slightly better than Dragon Quest VIII did for PS2, and the gameplay also looked similar to VIII, as your cel-shaded character explored wide-open spaces in a fully 3D world. The commands in and out of fights are still menu-based, so the traditional DQ fans shouldn’t be worried there. We were intrigued to hear that the game is being internally developed at Square Enix, instead of by a third party like Level-5 or Chunsoft. One of the producer for the game is Yosuke Saito who worked on… Nier… Hmm, well, you know that game had its charms… DQX is also directed by Jin Fujisawa, who played the same role in making DQVIII and IX.

After a gameplay demo with some eye-catching exploration and some honestly less than impressive battles, the team revealed that an enhanced version of DQX is in the works for Wii U. They went on to say that while it would look better, the worlds would be the same and even include some cross platform play. They also mentioned that the 3DS’s Streetpass would also be involved somehow, perhaps in just trading characters with other DQX players. It can be played with a Wii Remote and Nunchuck, Classic Controller, and even uses a USB keyboard, plus the game uses a USB device of some kind for data management.

The team is shooting for a 2012 Japanese release on Wii, but don’t expect it to hit the Wii U at the same time, though it has been implied you’ll be able to transfer your character from one version to the other. Does this new chapter in the Dragon Quest franchise entice you, or is the online aspect too strange? Does the fact that it’s still on Wii turn you off? Will you be waiting for the Wii U version? And will both versions see a US release for that matter? We expect at the very least Nintendo will publish one of those versions in the US, as they published the last few Dragon Quest games in the US. Stay tuned as more info sneaks out.

Sep 5, 2011


  • Ilyere - September 6, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    Online AND for the Wii? I'm a little disappointed...
  • BigWillis - September 6, 2011 9:39 a.m.

    Nintendo Wii and Online should never be in the same sentence.
  • IcePotato - September 5, 2011 9:02 p.m.

    Dragon Quest Online? I never asked for this.
  • Crimmy - September 5, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    I hope they translate Rocket Slime 3D.
  • yagirlfriendsfavoriterapper - September 5, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    My Wii died recently and I was going to wait for Wii U, but seeing this changes things. Thinking about getting a new Wii for this and Xenoblade.
  • iluvpkmnmonday - September 5, 2011 12:55 p.m.

    I wanna love Dragon Quest so much but I have such a hard time getting in to them. Maybe I'll give it another shot when this come out.
  • D0CCON - September 5, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    I guess I'll just have to borrow my grandparents' Wii then. I was really, REALLY hoping for a Nintendo handheld version of this (or at the very least, a 360/PS3 version). I have a feeling this may not sell as well as 9 did (it being on Wii and all, maybe the Wii U will save it). Hopefully I'm wrong.
  • shawksta - September 5, 2011 11:36 a.m.

    considering RPG's are now Mainstreamed liked because EXP systems on are shooters and Action/Adventures, True JRPG's are being popular on the wii, Xenoblade is a huge hit, aswell as Monster hunter, There's Nothing wrong with an RPG being on the Wii, why cant people understand that, the Wii is just as great as the 360/PS3 but without the heavy tech that makes unneeded things/
  • D0CCON - September 5, 2011 2:30 p.m.

    I personally just dislike playing games with a Wii controller. A DS controller layout feels perfect for RPGs, but I could see the Wii feeling weird to play with. Also, according to its sales numbers, it looks like huge hit means 'huge hit for as far as third party Wii games go' not huge hit in general. Catherine managed to sell quite a bit more in its first week (it's first week sales equals Xenoblade's lifetime sales), at least as far as American sales go (this is assuming my sources aren't lying to me).
  • shawksta - September 5, 2011 3:31 p.m.

    You do know theres more options than just the wiimote right? Lets be honest here, Catherine is a great unique game(made by atlus which makes it great) but if wasnt having the sexual adult theme, it,wouldve been underated like the,Trauma Center games. Not at all, JRPGS ARE popular, especially in japan, theres just too many Mainstream lovers, aside of sales the games themselves are incredible.
  • EnigmaSpirit - September 5, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    I wouldn't say JRPGs are popular, but they are still a big genre. I don't think there are enough on the Wii. The only recent ones I can think of are the ones that are being fought for by operation rainfall or whatever their name was. I hate all the mainstream sandbox shooter stuff, and would really love to see more jrpgs, at least in america. Catherine deserves it's popularity to me. It is about the adult theme and it's choices, so I think it is a little bit of a stretch to compare it to the Trauma Center games.
  • shawksta - September 5, 2011 8:04 a.m.

    It Looks FANTASTIC! Ill need to decide if i want to get the Wii version then transfer to Wii U. I dont understand why people are bumming on it being on wii, It looks great, and it plays just as good as 8, who knows what other developments will be made, and the major point is that the Wii's last moments are pushing to make the Best games it can produce. Its gonna be awesome and a series like this is perfect on a Nintendo console. HD will do nothing if gameplay is crap, why do people want only HD these days? GEEEZ -_-
  • 8bitBaby - September 5, 2011 8:02 a.m.

    oh yeah, i missed that didn't i? it was like at 1am here on the east coast :C anyway. i love how much it looks just like toriyama's art. i wonder if anyone recorded the event... because squenix didn't. i wanna check out the footage.
  • SomeMotherfuckersAreAlwaysTryingToOrderPizzaUphill - September 5, 2011 7:31 a.m.

    Anyone who played DQIX and saw its sales figures should not be shocked by any of this. I was moderately impressed by what I saw. That said, it's nitpicking, but I wish they'd just call it Dragon Quest Online, without the numbering. This didn't seem to hurt the Phantasy Star series sales-wise.
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - September 5, 2011 5:45 a.m.

    ohh the negativity
  • ShadowReaper666 - September 5, 2011 3:54 a.m.

    No not aloud >.< love dragon quest but don't have a wii
  • samsneeze - September 5, 2011 1:06 a.m.

    Expect every Dragon Quest to be this way for forever. Don't get me wrong, this game will be fun and tons of gameplay hours, it's just not going to have characters worth caring about is all.
  • alrix - September 5, 2011 10:15 a.m.

    This is exactly why I had a hard time getting attached to Dragon Quest 9. For me, an RPG needs to be story-driven, and I hate having mindless drones for party members.

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