Dragon Quest IX First Look

The Dragon Quest series is coming to the Nintendo DS, and we've got a look at the trailer from the 2007 Square Enix Party.

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MAKUHARI--At the 2007 Square Enix Party here at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center just outside of Tokyo, the company showed off the first trailer for the upcoming installment in the incredibly popular Dragon Quest series: Dragon Quest IX. While it might seem surprising that the ninth game in the best-selling series is coming to the Nintendo DS, considering the handheld's incredible popularity here in Japan, it seems only fitting.

The trailer for the game was shown in one of the main video stages at the tail end of a long line of trailers coming from Square Enix and, though it was brief, it was well worth the roughly 40-minute wait. In the trailer, four characters are introduced: a yellow-and-green-clad magic user, a turban-wearing swordsman bearing a curved blade, a woman wearing what looks to be a pink-and-purple getup straight out of I Dream of Jeannie, and a traditional warrior wearing a medieval helmet and armor and wielding a shield and sword. In one segment, we saw an inventory screen for the medieval knight, where it appears you'll be able to outfit him with various armor and weapons simply by dragging new accessories onto his body.

After a few shots of the characters running around doing their adventuring thing, we also got a quick look at the turn-based combat. Though details are few and far between, it seems as though the action of the characters will take place on the upper screen of the DS, while important information such as character hit points, magic points, and action controls for combat will be displayed on the lower screen. Longtime Dragon Quest aficionados will recognize many of the enemies shown during the combat sequences--knights, hammer-wielding chickens, and the obligatory blue slimes will all make their way into DQ IX, along with a plethora of bosses to battle as well.

As with older games in the series, one of the high points of the DQ IX trailer was the bright, hand-drawn feel to the characters, enemies, and environments. It's a fine-looking game that should appeal to longtime fans and perhaps attract some new ones, too. While it's true that the DQ series is much more popular in Japan than in the States, we're curious to see how this game progresses over the coming months; perhaps a handheld format is just what the series needs to get a stronger foothold in North America. The game is due for release later this year in Japan, and no word has yet been given on a US release.

Discussion

64 comments
12inchDUCK
12inchDUCK

Lol i still catch my self playing the first one on the game boy from time to time

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

okay, this can be something to look forward to ... but i want my DQVI first ... that's a masterpiece of painful difficulty!

Spider-Jim
Spider-Jim

Wooo hoo, playing Monsters Joker and IV on DS and VIII on PS2 now just got into the franchise can't wait for this one too!!!

blitzpaladin
blitzpaladin

yay! I love dragon quest! I remeber DQ3! that was a while ago... this one sounds awsome!

Dark_Dude701
Dark_Dude701

This will be the best selling game on the DS. I bet my DS it will!

phubbadaman
phubbadaman

I just hope it makes its way to the US sooner rather than later.

Toggy25
Toggy25

Sweeeeeeeeet! Bout time a DQ game came to the DS

isha727
isha727

wha!!!!!!! dragon quest!!!! can't wait to buy it. better start saving my money for this game

dirtyfunkmaster
dirtyfunkmaster

dragon quest VIII is one of the best RPG's ive ever played... I really hope they dont compromise the series jsut to put it on the DS... even though I love my DS

Sunrie
Sunrie

I can't wait to see this. It'll definitely be in my collection!

Andonio
Andonio

I've gotta say, the graphics look pretty sweet.

andrew_pulis
andrew_pulis

With graphics as good as that, I wonder how long the game is going to be? it might be really short.

Eraak
Eraak

As long as they don't draw it out as much as VIII then it should be good

lahoor
lahoor

wowowowowowowowow Dragon Quest i love this game

Payback7
Payback7

I'm playing DQ8 atm and it's great. Looking forward to this one as well. I've just gotta buckle down and finish FF3 and Puzzle Quest! Keep gaming hard!!

brokentrash
brokentrash

After the GBA's plethora of RPG games. Developed ones like this just wet my appetite for rpg games on the DS system. I've only played the first two Dragon Quest games on the NES, and been meaning to play VIII since a mate has it but with this and DQ:Joker, I'm ready.

lew_0911
lew_0911

Yezzzz... zel-zhading goodnezz. Seriously, I loved that DQ8-look and feel going to... a handheld! My God, I'm excited.

DSJAM
DSJAM

I haven't played a DQ game since the first one on the NES, But I'm really looking forward to this because it's on DS and I can spend some time with it. I never have time to sit down with a console anymore.

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

I guess I'd prefer a DQ 9 on a console with full voice acting, but if the game is good enough, I wouldn't mind carrying around with me on my DS. It's an interesting new approach, putting the next full DQ game on a handheld instead of a console, but this approach just might pay off.

MasterBlade7123
MasterBlade7123

Pictures look good I say this because I don't feel like reading it.

markbillard
markbillard

Dragon Quest 8 was a failure for square in North America compared to the sales it had in Japan. So with this game getting huge press in North America and looking like an AAA title it seems it's going to be a must buy for DS owners and RPG fans alike. Combine that with the huge sales of the DS in Both North America and Japan one can only assume that DQ9 will be "printing money" when it sees a world wide release.

1yodsyo1
1yodsyo1

Yay! Good juicy details!

lahoor
lahoor

wow dragon i love this game vary vary love this game RPG

Rahnyc4
Rahnyc4

its kind of odd, that its still not enough RPG titles for the ds. i mean if you compare to the GBA, the handheld was spitting out RPG titles from here to kingdom come. I could also say that maybe theres too much RPG's already coming to the DS, that i lost count already. anyway, this is a great addition to the forever growing DS libary. one shouldn't care what system the dragon quest game is on, cause the series isn't really known for its great graphics. anyway, you people should check out these dragon quest monster joker videos on youtube, the game looks great.

Flan_Man
Flan_Man

Just when I thought there was an Action RPG in the vein of Shining Soul, Squarenix just goes and makes another turn based game. How will wifi work in turn-based battles? Final Fantasy CC for the DS is still out there, I guess.

SoulSlayer_
SoulSlayer_

What's this about a turn-based battle system? Did I miss something? If it's turn-based again my prayers have been answered. I love action RPGs, but DQ should stay turn-based.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Get that games over to the sates Square!

mamodoking
mamodoking

I don't care what system DQ games come out on. I'll buy it.

gamer_girl15
gamer_girl15

I've never played a DQ game before, but I hope this makes it to North America so I can try it.

tooncekat
tooncekat

I have thouroghly enjoyed the DQ series for as long as it has been around and I think it is as good as the Final Fantasy series. I think that there are several reasons it isn't as popular here in the US. For some reason people here seem to put graphics ahead of the actual gameplay and story. There also seems to be less patience involved, exploration is one of the key elements in RPG's and, as in the "real" world, that takes time-Uh, ROLE PLAY, anyone. In the US is seems that the goal is to finish the game, not enjoy the humor and surprises tucked into a game like DQ. I love my DS lite and am so glad I bought it, if for no other reason than I can finally see the GBA advance games well. As I've said before I'm game driven, not console driven. We in the US also seem to want the newest, showiest and most promoted electronics rather than the best. I play what I like, not what someone tells me is best.

-Jad-
-Jad-

Waiting and hopeee 4 good..... I might it joker coming?

Xistodor
Xistodor

This is why I'm buying a DS.

Poeckes
Poeckes

yeah another DQ gotta get it!

gohantech00
gohantech00

Lookin great for a DS game. Haven't finished DQ8 yet, though, and I havent played it in months:?

mkreku
mkreku

I loved Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King.. but I will never buy a DS. Damn.

yukine
yukine

I don't know, I'd rather have this on a console. I think it would of been a nice addition to the Wii along with Swords.

jakule2000
jakule2000

Ah~ No Wonder I love my DS now I'm not doubting myself for buying it

skatrbub54
skatrbub54

They need to bring it to America! DQVIII is my favorite game!

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

a similtaneous release with the Wii one in NA would be nice...

white143papi
white143papi

They should hurry up with this game...I can't wait for it any longer.

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

the game sounds cool, but the new crystal chronicles(hope they get online play) sounds better(still, i will buy both)

cobrax80
cobrax80

Awesome, it probably will be one of the best games on the DS.

kamicolo
kamicolo

ahhh, chibi, heh...haha... :lol: