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Is Dragon Quest really unpopular with Western gamers?

It's that lovely time again: a new Dragon Quest game is coming, and Square-Enix is making asinine comments about the viability of the franchise overseas. "We're thinking about it," Horii says again: meaning, of course, that Square-Enix has zero plans to localize any Dragon Quest titles outside of Japan....

...While these hopes may be misguided, they DO speak to an increasingly common assumption among Western fans of Dragon Quest--that these wonderful games, despite their profound popularity in Japan, simply aren't very popular overseas. If there was a market for Dragon Quest outside of Japan, surely Square-Enix would work tirelessly to meet that demand. That is, after all, how a free market is supposed to function.

But is this assumption accurate, or misguided?

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Tdmd810d ago

The last one I've played was DQVIII, back on ps2. To this day, it remains one of my favorite rpgs ever, right beside very different titles, like diablo 2 and demons souls.

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3-4-5809d ago

Dragon Quest 9 is one of my favorite games of all time, and the reason I was hooked on the series.

* I've yet to play 7,8 & obviously 11, but those are 3 of my most wanted games.

* There is a certain level of charm in DQ games that certain other games lack.

DQ isn't the only IP with that charm, but it's one of the few that gets it nearly every time.

There is something more pure,true & basic about Dragon Quest compared to FF....it has less flash and worse music, but the simplicity of Dragon Quest is IMO a lot easier to get into than SOME FF games.

* The demand for Dragon Quest in USA is most likely a lot more than people think. It's not that far behind Final Fantasy.

blackblades809d ago

Yeah same here, it was my 1st and last one I played. I didn't like it at 1st, I wasn't 100% into jrpgs, but I came around enjoyed it later on. It came with a demo of FFXII which that was my 1st FF game.

feraldrgn810d ago

Dragon Quest is a pretty fantastic series.
Played (not finished) 1, 2, 5, 7, 8 & 9 so far, 8 being my favourite.
I think it's a popular franchise for the older RPG gamers.

ZeekQuattro810d ago

It sure feels like it. Now all we seem to be qetting for the forseeable future is DQ Heroes which needless to say is far from the traditional entry but I intend on buying it for the PS3 because I like Musou crossovers. Its kinda like Gundam games. They release them quite frequently but all we get is the crossover Musou ones.

africanphoenix810d ago

Got some bad news for you, DQ heroes is not coming to the PS3 in the west.

ZeekQuattro810d ago

The PS3 is isn't region locked so.....

Spotie810d ago

It might be more popular with more exposure.

FinalFantasyFanatic810d ago

I didn't even know about Dragon Quest until 2004 and online shopping wasn't commonplace for me until another 6 or so years. Even then I didn't see much in the way of ads nor did anyone seem to have it displayed on their shelves (otherwise I might have brought it).

slappy508810d ago

Well I haven't played any DQ yet but I'm quite eager to jump on the upcoming one for ps4

_LarZen_809d ago

Same here..never heard of it before I saw some Japanese people stream it on PS4. I was sold relative fast...

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