Dragon Quest X was announced as a Wii & Wii U exclusive shortly after the release of the very successful 3DS exclusive Dragon Quest IX. Horii explained that the reason for his desire to see the game on the handheld was that players could play a MMORPG more comfortably with the machine as opposed to sitting on a couch in front of a television set. He also believes that with the recently announced 3DS release new players will be attracted to the game which originally proved divisive upon it’s Japanese release.
Dragon Quest X was the first MMO entry in the series, forcing players to move their game online if they wished to continue the story after the first few hours. This appears to be the sole cause of the latest entry featuring rather weak sales especially when considering the install base of the original Wii. It is also worth pointing out that despite lower sales, it actually has a very healthy business thanks to consistent subscriptions from players, one of Square-Enix’s most successful online endeavors.
The new 3DS version of the game is scheduled to launch in Japan on September 4th and will feature the Version 2.0 update.