Over a year ago, Square Enix rocked the videogame world by announcing that Dragon Quest IX (the next chapter in the ultra-successful Dragon Quest series) wouldn’t be coming to a next-gen system (Playstation 3, Xbox360 or Wii), but rather to the equally successful DS. When the announcement had time to settle in, it made a bit of sense: 1 in every 6 Japanese owns a Nintendo DS.

Along with the announcement of a price and release date for the DS entry in the series, Square Enix also announced that Dragon Quest X will be coming for the DS’s bigger brother, the Wii.

Via 1UP:

Square Enix just announced Dragon Quest X is coming to the Wii. Considered the most important game franchise in Japan, this Dragon Quest announcement is a huge win for Nintendo and its Wii console. Sure, X wouldn’t be the first Dragon Quest game to hit the Wii (the DQ spinoff Dragon Quest Swords was released on the platform earlier this year), but it would be the first true Dragon Quest sequel to hit a Nintendo console since Enix took the series to Sony’s consoles with Dragon Quest VII (PS1) and Dragon Quest VIII (PS2). It’s significant.

Unfortunately, few other details are known about the RPG yet, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata (shown above with Square Enix president Yoichi Wada and Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii) was on hand and rightfully thrilled.

Interestingly, the new issue of EGM magazine has a rumor that Dragon Quest IX will also be appearing on the Wii, similar to how Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Echoes of Time will be playable on both the Nintendo DS and Wii. Whether this pans out or not, it’s clear Square Enix is moving more of its development resources over to the Wii.

Satoru Iwata recently announced that the Wii sold 800,000 units in one week! And the cash keeps rolling in for Nintendo.

  • Mark December 10, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Sounds great – I loved DQVII and I’ll be getting DQIX in good time, but the possibilities are very interesting for DQX!

  • edifanob December 11, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    That would be great. I still miss games like this for Wii