Dragon Quest X

Square Enix was already named as one of the studios aimed at supporting the Nintendo NX for next year's release. One of the first games that they have planned for release on the console will be Dragon Quest X.

According to DualShockers, the Weekly Famitsu magazine managed to get in word with Dragon Quest X producer Yosuke Saito and the director Chikara Saito. According to the duo, not only has Dragon Quest X been in consideration for the Nintendo NX, it's actually in active development for the hybrid mobile console.

It was reported quite a while ago that Dragon Quest would be making its way to the Nintendo NX, but that was mostly from Square Enix talking about considering the franchise making its way to the NX, and not that they had any actual confirmation on a hard release.

Well, now we know that the re-release of Dragon Quest X is actively in development for the Nintendo NX. They obviously don't say what the difference will be between the PS4 and NX versions or whether or not they will be taking advantage of any special hardware at this point, but they did mention that the game will be arriving in Japan when it's ready.

The lack of a release date does kind of hamper any possible discussion about when we can actually expect to see the game on store shelves. If it had a solid release for the PlayStation 4 then we could know when to expect the game on the Nintendo NX. For instance, if the release of Dragon Quest X on the PS4 in Japan was before March, 2017, then we would know for sure that Dragon Quest X could end up being a launch title for the Nintendo NX. However, if the launch is after March, 2017 for the PS4, then it means that it would not be a launch title for the Nintendo NX.

So why is it important if the game is a launch title or not? Because launch line-ups determine software attachment rates. A good launch line-up will determine what kind of audience is attracted to the console. Wii Sports managed to win over the hearts and minds of the casual audiences for the Wii, making it one of the best selling games of all time. Altered Beast and Super Mario World helped make the Sega Genesis and SNES top tier 16-bit consoles at launch, while Super Mario 64 made the N64 one of the most beloved consoles ever. I don't even need to bring up what Halo did for the OG Xbox.

Ultimately, a solid line-up of unbeatable and diverse games that range across various genres and demographics will most certainly help a console move off store shelves. If Nintendo plays their cards right, having some Dragon Quest games like Dragon Quest X appear early in the lifespan of the Nintendo NX's market debut would do wonders to help reel in the niche JRPG crowd.

The launch of the remastered version of Dragon Quest X will precede that of Dragon Quest XI, both of which will appear on the PlayStation 4.

You'll have to stay tuned in to find out when the new game will launch on the Nintendo NX.

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