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September 5, 2011 / maxnintendo

Dragon Quest X officially announced, coming to Wii and Wii U in 2012

It has just been confirmed that Dragon Quest X is an MMO coming to the Wii and Wii U in 2012.

Square-Enix has just announced that its long awaited follow up to the smash hit, Dragon Quest IX (5m globally), will release not only for Wii as was previously announced by the company, but also for Nintendo’s upcoming platform, Wii U. According to Square-Enix, Dragon Quest X Online: Rise of the Five Tribes will feature a rich storyline, as is expected, but also allow players to jump in and out of online battles. The game can be played offline as well in a manner that sounds somewhat similar to Monster Hunter Tri.

The Wii U version of the game is set to have better graphics than the Wii game, but players purchasing the title for either platform will be able to share the same online world. Nintendo’s President Satoru Iwata, speaking at Sqaure-Enix’s event has also noted that since Wii U plays Wii games, it will be possible to continue playing the game if a player migrates from Wii to Wii U as the game arrives without needing two versions of the game. A beta version of the game will be available shortly.

The game is set to release sometime in 2012 – there is no word yet on whether the title will simultaneously release for Wii & Wii U, which would suggest an April release at the earliest, or for Wii first and then the Wii U as a launch game. Players will also be able to use the Streetpass feature on 3DS to move their game character around. It will be interesting to see how the dual Nintendo platform launch works, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess had a similar split between GC & Wii, with sales leaning heavily towards the newer platform but still quite strong on the essentially dead GC in 2006 and early 2007. Presumably, part of the reason the game is for Wii U as well as Wii is to prevent a 3DS-like drop in hardware sales shortly after launch – but we’ll have to see.

Finally, it is now being speculated by analysts that there may be a monthly fee involved in this game – however this is currently only expected for the Japanese versions, not the US and European versions.

Here is a video that was released of the game:

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