Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online is a strange beast. Technically labeled an “online RPG”, but blurring the line with a MMORPG, it has been released almost a week ago on a console (the Wii) that isn’t exactly known for its online features. I have one since launch, but I still can’t remember my friend code.
Despite that, and despite the fact that it requires a monthly fee, the game had a very solid launch in Japan, as testified by today’s Media Create software charts for last week, in which it ranked first with 367,148 copies sold.
Of course it’s not too surprising for a game with the Dragon Quest name to be successful in Japan. As with every pay to play game, we’ll have to see how sales will progress in the upcoming months and how many users it’ll retain on the long run, but we can definitely say that the first week has been a good one.
Hopefully the initial success will persuade Square Enix to try a leap of faith and localize the game for the west. Personally, I can’t wait to see what the Wii U version will look like. If there’s a game that could persuade me to get Nintendo’s new console, this is it.