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Friday, December 4, 2020

Xboxers, PlayStationers, and PCers: Buy Dragon Quest XI S: Definitive Edition

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - It was Game of THAT Year 2019. Better than most or all of 2020, too.

In one of the forgettable “hey, look, a bunch of games I like are on sale!” articles from this year, I mentioned that Square Enix announced Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. (And it turns out Epic Games Store too.) Previously, Dragon Quest XI was on PlayStation 4, and then it got a definitive edition for the Nintendo Switch, which added new storylines, modes, and music. Nintendo marketed it a lot, since Nintendo published the Switch version. This included a phenomenal ~10-hour demo that allows you to transfer your progress to the real game.

Dragon Quest XI S on non-Switch consoles is an exact port of the Switch version, although Square Enix says there may be performance differences due to the superior hardware it's now on. Since it's a turn-based roleplaying game and not a super tense action or fighter, those performance differences are pretty negligible in terms of impact, though it's apparently inferior to the original PlayStation 4 version. There is no way to transfer save progress or trophies or anything from the old PlayStation 4 version to the new one.

Dragon Quest XI S Definitive Edition Nintendo Switch PlayStation 4 Xbox One PC Epic Games
Do you think Nintendo is going to edit their website to remove the references to this “only” being on Nintendo Switch?

There is also no way to get a discount on the new version if you have the old one, but why would you need one? Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition is $40 on every platform that it released on today. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition is still $60 on the Nintendo Switch. Why is that?

As I wrote before, Nintendo published the Nintendo Switch version. That means they control the pricing. When other Square Enix-published games go on sale on the Nintendo eShop, for example, Dragon Quest XI S does not join them. It's part of the Nintendo-published sales and discount patterns, which is to say, “almost never goes on sale and will never get a price cut.” (Sure, some first-party Nintendo games went on sale last week, but only some. Certainly didn't include Dragon Quest XI S.)

That said, if Nintendo cares about market forces and competition, they should lower the price to match the other consoles. And maybe do something with the fact that the game comes with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on the Xbox ecosystem. Everyone who buys into that ought to pick it up.

Ludwig obviously endorses this game. It's worth spending OVER $60 on, so $40 as the normal price is just great, too. Have a nice weekend, be it playing this, reading KoopaTV articles, or doing other things! The same free demo that was on the Switch version is now also on the other platforms as well.


  1. Today, Nintendo dropped the price from $60 to $50, which is still $10 more than competing consoles.

    1. when you're the only comment on your own article FeelsBadMan

    2. oof

      Thanks for joining in. >.>

      This is a much much much better RPG than the Pokémon games on Switch. Put together.


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