Nintendo Bringing Dragon Quest IX Stateside This SummerS

Apparently selling four million copies in Japan did something to impress Nintendo, as the company announces it will be publishing Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies in North America.

Nintendo and Square-Enix have entered into a "unique partnership," in which Nintendo will handle publishing duties on the DS title when it hits sometime this summer. While no distinct reason was given for the agreement, I speculate it has something to do with the more than 4.14 million copies Square-Enix moved in its native land.

The announcement was made today during the opening of the Nintendo Summit event in San Francisco. Look for more news as well as hands-on impressions from the summit as the day progresses.