During a joint press event in Japan Wednesday, Nintendo and Square Enix surprised that country and perhaps the world with yet another coup for the wildly successful Wii. In this case, the popular RPG factory and the number one gaming company in the world announced that Dragon Quest 10 would be coming exclusively to the Wii.
The move is both surprising and unsurprising at the same time, given the fact Square Enix already announced that Dragon Quest 9 would be a Nintendo DS exclusive earlier this year. Nevertheless, for RPG fans in Japan, the news is huge. No additional details were given about the Wii title. Executives from Square Enix did confirm, however, that Dragon Quest 9 would arrive in Japan on March 28 for about $64 (Note: Game prices are traditionally higher in Japan than in the States).
Video game and hardware sales have cooled in Japan as of late, even for Nintendo’s industry leading one-two punch in the Wii and DS. The Dragon Quest news will undoubtedly remedy that downward trend in March, as well as whenever DQ10 arrives, as has traditionally been the case with Dragon Quest launches.