News Desk: Dragon Quest X Starts Off Poorly in Japan

The Wii U version of Square’s online RPG sold just 33,000 copies in its first week.

By Kevin Knezevic. Posted 04/04/2013 14:00 1 Comment     ShareThis

We’ve all heard stories about how much Japan loves Dragon Quest, but it seems the country isn’t too fond of the tenth installment of the RPG series: according to early sales numbers, Dragon Quest X for Wii U sold just 33,000 copies in its first week on the market.

This is a disappointing figure for one of Square Enix’s most beloved franchises, especially when you consider that the Wii version of the game, which launched in the country last August, was also greeted with poor sales (at least relative to other entries in the series). Given that the title was released on what was effectively a dead platform, Square Enix had hoped that fans would be flocking to the Wii U version, which features high-definition visuals and off-TV play via the Wii U GamePad, but the game’s slow start proves that there is still some lingering distaste among fans over its becoming an online RPG.

With such a poor showing in its most reliable market, not to mention the publisher’s recent financial difficulties (which culminated in the resignation of CEO Yoichi Wada), does this jeopardize the chances of Dragon Quest X coming to western shores? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Source: Nintendo Life

One Response to “News Desk: Dragon Quest X Starts Off Poorly in Japan”

  • 45 points
    lilmac says...

    As the article intimated, 10 years ago everyone seemed to think that if Square made a Dragon Quest game for Nintendo then that would make up for Sony’s monopoly of the Final
    Fantasy franchise. Well, here we are…

    ** Nintendojo fan since 1996!

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