Streaming an MMORPG onto the Nintendo 3DS was always a risky endeavor, but Square Enix of Japan decided to take it anyway to tap the large Dragon Quest fanbase. It would appear that Dragon Quest X‘s newest port on the popular gaming device is proving a little too popular, and the service has all but crashed under the traffic after selling out in the first week.
In response, Square Enix has ceased shipment of the retail version, which includes a voucher rather than the actual game cartridge, and it is working on fixing the problem. Dragon Quest X is not available directly through the eShop and can only be picked up digitally through a recommended software campaign.
Dragon Quest X had a bit of trouble catching on in Japan on the Wii and Wii U. Traditionally, the series does incredibly well during the first week of sales, but the MMORPG didn’t especially become popular with the gaming crowd until it was ported to PC and mobile phones. Nintendo and Dragon Quest‘s long relationship together pointed to this crash happening once it hit the Nintendo 3DS, but I supposed the AAA console market isn’t the only gaming scene privy to these annoying launch issues.
Dragon Quest X is available for the Wii, Wii U, PC, mobile phones, and Nintendo 3DS in Japan.