Due to high demand and popularity, Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince physical copies are beginning to sell out at retail in Japan, according to Square Enix. The company encourages players to consider a digital copy as stores run out of copies.
Released on December 1, Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince tells the story of Psaro, a young man that’s afflicted with a curse by his father, the king of monsters. He’s unable to directly hurt monsters on his own, but his father-figure Monty trains him to become a monster wrangler in order to circumvent the curse. The monster-wrangling RPG is a big hit in Japan as many players are attracted to seeing the Dragon Quest IV antagonist’s journey unfold.
Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince Sells Out in Japan
On Twitter, Square Enix’s official Dragon Quest account released a notice to inform players that Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince physical copies are selling out in some stores in Japan. Japanese players appear to be happy that the game’s doing well at retail, but the lack of physical copies is still an inconvenience for collectors in the region.
— ドラゴンクエスト宣伝担当 (@DQ_PR) December 4, 2023
Here’s an overview of the game, via the Nintendo eShop:
Become the Master of Monsterkind!
Journey into a fantastical world on a quest for revenge in Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince.
Psaro is cursed and is unable to harm anything with monster blood. Now, he must become a Monster Wrangler to create an army for battle.
The hunt for high-ranked monsters takes Psaro through the ever-changing seasons of Nadiria and its unique environments, with rivers of bubbling lava, mysterious ancient ruins, and soaring towers of cake. Along the way, Psaro meets the kind-hearted elf, Rose, who joins his adventure to seek out ever-stronger monsters.
The key to Psaro’s success lies with synthesis: the ability to combine two monsters and create a stronger offspring. Each new creation brings Psaro one step closer to his goal of becoming the Master of Monsterkind.
Lastly, Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince is now available for Nintendo Switch physically at retail and digitally worldwide. Digital purchases include the Head Start Set featuring, Stardust Earrings x1, Scholar’s Specs x1, and Bonus Ball x5. A free demo is available now with save data transfers into the full game.