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Square-Enix reveals TGS 2020 Online merch

Around for a limited time

Square-Enix has a slew of merch on the way for TGS 2020 Online. The items go up for grabs on Sept. 24th, and will only be available until Sept. 27th, 2020. Anyone who buys music products or other goods at the Square Enix e-store for 5,000 yen or more will get a special gift while supplies last. These include items like a special Square Enix bag and music sampler.

As for some of the merch available, fans can snag items such as autographed copies of original soundtracks and concerts for games such as Trails of Mana and Kingdom Hearts. There's also a Final Fantasy souvenir set, and a Dragon Quest souvenir set.

Square-Enix releasing Dragon Quest slime tea cups

Have a sip of slime

Square-Enix continues to expand their Dragon Quest line of merch with some unique items. The latest to be revealed is a Dragon Quest slime tea cup, which launches in Japan on Oct. 10th, 2020. The Slime hanakomon inspired design is priced at ¥1,600, and you can grab a matching plate for ¥800 (or about $7 individually).

There's also a Slaome aominami inspired design as well, which yet another matching plate. These items are available via the e-Square Enix shop.

Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai anime set to air in Japan on Oct. 3rd, 2020

A new quest is about to begin!

The premiere date for the Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai anime series has been announced for Japan. The show will kick off on Oct. 3rd, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. JST weekly on TV Tokyo Network, and two promo spots have been shared. The show's theme song was also confirmed, which will be “Ikiru wo Suru,” sung by Japanese rock band Macaroni Enpitsu.

Dragon Quest slime-themed Ponta card releases in Japan

No, the card is not actually slimy

Retailers Lawson and HMV are selling a special Ponta card that pays tribute to the Dragon Quest series. Customers at either store can pre-order a Dragon Quest Slime Ponta Card, which is priced at 2,000 yen. Customers who purchase one will also get to take home a complimentary Slime eco-bag.

For those who don't know, a Ponta card is a part of a retailer's incentive program. You earn points on the card, which can be used to purchase special items and more.

Dragon Quest X Online being updated to Version 5.3 on Sept. 16th, 2020

The fun begins in two weeks

We previously detailed the Version 5.3 update for Dragon Quest X Online, but we didn't have release date information. Now we know that the update is coming on Sept. 16th, 2020, and will be available for the Switch and Wii U versions as a download, and the 3DS version will get the content via the cloud. Check out a recap of the update below.

After the coronation ceremony of the Great Demon King Madesagora, the Demon Realm sees a flood of deadly visitors including the hooded troupe, with the world now entering a critical phase. The mysterious young human character Narasia makes their first appearance in Dragon Quest X Online, but their origin and intentions are both a mystery. Brave Princess Anlucia returns after undergoing intense training and is ready to join the Hero in the battle against the legions of demonic hordes.

Dragon Quest X sees subscriber growth during Square-Enix's last quarter

8 years later and the game is still getting bigger

Square-Enix recently shared results from the first quarter of the current fiscal year, which ends in March 2021. It was a positive quarter for the company in general, which even saw legacy games get a boost overall.

While Square-Enix didn't reveal specific numbers, they did say that Dragon Quest X saw a boost in terms of total subscriber count during the quarter. The company also said that their MMO sub-segment saw an increase in net sales and operating incoming.

Dragon Quest X is yet to see release outside of Japan, and it seems quite unlikely that a localization will ever happen at this point. The game originally launched all the way back in 2012, and there's still not hint of release outside of Japan.

Dragon Quest X 'Version 5.3' on the way

The story rolls on

Square-Enix has announced that Dragon Quest X is going to be updated to Version 5.3 in the near future. This update will continue the story of Version 5.2, while adding a new stage added to the Demon Realm, the new character Narasia, and more. Check out an official story synopsis below.

After the coronation ceremony of the Great Demon King Madesagora, the Demon Realm sea a death of deadly visitors including the pictured hooded troupe, with the world now entering a critical phase. The mysterious young human character Narasia makes their first appearance in Dragon Quest X Online, but its origin and intentions are both a mystery. Brave Princess Anlucia returns after undergoing intense training and is ready to join the Hero in the battle against the legions of demonic hordes.

Urbosa and Daruk amiibo reprints on the way, Dragon Quest's Hero amiibo in production

Do you have room for more amiibo?!

Nintendo's Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act page is the go-to place to find out what's up with amiibo, and it has once again given us some information on what to expect in the near future.

First up, we have confirmation that the Dragon Quest 'Hero' amiibo is officially in production. That shouldn't surprise anyone who's been following the news on Smash Bros. Ultimate amiibo. Production has taken place in both July and August 2020.

Last week, we also noted that reprints for some Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild amiibo were in the works. We first saw that Mipha and Revali were getting another production run, but now we see that both Urbosa and Daruk are joining in as well. We should see them hit stores in the near future.

Dragon Quest Rivals Ace - more gameplay

Dragon Quest Rivals has been rebranded as Dragon Quest Rivals Ace, and is now available on Switch in Japan. This rebranding includes the single-player "Solo Battle Adventure" and "Heroes of Triumphal Return" card pack that we previously detailed.

Dragon Quest Rivals Ace hits Switch in Japan on Aug. 13th, 2020, new trailer shared

A new name and new content

Square-Enix has confirmed that their free-to-play digital card game Dragon Quest Rivals will be rebranded as Dragon Quest Rivals Ace on August 13th, 2020. This rebranding includes the single-player "Solo Battle Adventure" and "Heroes of Triumphal Return" card pack that we previously detailed.

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