Japanese video game developer Square Enix released Dragon Quest X (10) on Thursday, and just like for previous releases in the series, fans in Tokyo lined up hours in advance to get their hands on the first one for the Nintendo Wii console. Series creator Yuji Horii was even present at the Shibuya Ward location of Tsutaya, a video game and book retailer, to greet the fans who were there that morning.
The last Dragon Quest game was released in July of 2009, and while the tenth entry in the series is not only the first to be on the Nintendo Wii, it is also the first to feature online gameplay, allowing player to connect with others over the internet. As a result, it is also the first Nintendo Wii game to require a fee for playing online. Users are able to purchase subscriptions in 30-day increments [1,000 yen (approx. $12.78) for 30 days, 1,950 yen ($24.93) for 60 days, and 2,900 yen ($37.08) for 90 days], in addition to the 6,980 yen ($89.25) price for the game itself.
33 year old Kensuke Matayoshi was the first to purchase the game at the Tsutaya in Shibuya Ward, having waited in line for more than 24 hours. As a long-time fan of the series, he says he’s excited to see how it will work as an online experience. Yuji Horii says he’s both excited and nervous for fans to play Dragon Quest X, as often people who are not devoted video game players often have the idea that playing online is difficult. The Dragon Quest series has always been meant to appeal to Japanese of all ages, so they worked hard to make online play more accessible for all audiences.