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Why didn't Dragon Quest take off in the west with Dragon Quest 11?

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ZODIARKrebirth said:
Bofferbrauer2 said:
The real question is: Why didn't it already take off with Dragon Quest VIII?

If that one couldn't convince westerners about the quality of the series, nothing will

agree, i loved the 8 part and got my attention😊

8 was the first one that came out in Europe, thus being the first one I could buy. I loved it so much that I bought all DQ DS Remasters, DQ IX and both DQ Monsters Joker after that.Both DQ Builders are on my Switch Wishlist, as is XI S 

In other words, there were lots of opportunities for it to catch on, with VIII and IX being the biggest ones, and yet sadly they didn't.



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It really is sad how little love the series gets outside of Japan, but it's of Square's own doing sadly. They don't promote anywhere near enough. V and XI are some of the best games ever made and deserve more recognition than they get.

I suspect it will get more of a push when the Switch version comes and that the Switch version will be the best selling one overall, but that remains to be seen. Knowing Square's missteps with the series, they'll release it the same week as this year's mainline Pokemon



DQXI's doing fine all in all. The real tragedy is Valkyria Chronicles 4.



This is what I saw in a Japanese supermarket.



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Honestly SE should push this franchise a lot more in Europe it does better there than even in NA and the games have only been releasing here since VIII.



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Between poor releaseschedule and limited advertising for the game it was a tough selljob from the start. Seems to be a great game held back by those things and I hope the NSW release will at least do decently enough for the game to come to the west because as it stands right now I am not so sure.



Poor advertisement and all in all not nearly as interesting and good as VIII was. I feel like they use all the right mechanics in a very bland and boring way. And the game is too easy. Way too easy.

I think I am halfway in, so my opinion might be adjusted a little but so far that's it.



weaveworld said:
Poor advertisement and all in all not nearly as interesting and good as VIII was. I feel like they use all the right mechanics in a very bland and boring way. And the game is too easy. Way too easy.

I think I am halfway in, so my opinion might be adjusted a little but so far that's it.

And the music that plays when you´re out on the field, damn that´s one of the worst, most annoying musics I´ve ever heard in a JRPG, or any other game...had to mute after a while..and also almost every town and palace shares the same music, too repetitive.



This is my first DQ game and to be honest, i really like it but i don't love it. Having a silent protagonist is really really bad in this kind of games, plus his haircut is so stupid.



How much did Persona 5 sell worldwide? Around 2.5 million?

How many of those are western sales?
It’s safe to assume DQXI sold around 1 million in the west, those aren’t bad numbers at all compared to everything that isn’t Final Fantasy.