During the Japanese Nintendo Direct that was aired today we finally got a good glimpse of Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online on the Wii U, introduced directly by the game’s producer Yosuke Saito.
Besides the gameplay footage, that you can check out here (starting at the 5:00 mark. The footage shown before that point is from the Wii version). A few details specific to the Wii U version were also revealed.
Players will be able to enjoy the game on the screen of the GamePad if they so wish. Otherwise they can turn it into a virtual keyboard to facilitate communication with other players.
Characters coming from the Wii version of the game will of course be compatible with the Wii U version.
Those that will purchase the premum edition of the Wii U (only in Japan), will also get guaranteed access to the beta test of the Wii U version of Dragon Quest X, that will start in February. According to Saito, the 99% of the character data generated during the beta will carry over to the live game (i’m Not 100% sure of what this entails precisely, but probably some minor achievement won’t make it to the live servers when the data will be transfered over).
Below you can see a few screen caps of the Wii U footage (from the game’s introductory chapter). They’re direct captures from the video, so they’re a little blurry, but it’s already easy to see that the visual quality is much higher than that of the Wii version.
Now we can only wait for a possible announcement about a localization for the game. Don’t disappoint me, Square Enix.