Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road First Look

We check out Square Enix's arcade monster battler.

MAKUHARI, Japan--Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road is the upcoming Japanese arcade game coming from Square Enix. The game mixes monster battling and trading cards into a simple game geared toward youngsters. Though the game on display wasn't playable, we got a quick rundown from Square reps on hand at the game's booth on the Square Enix Party show floor.

The game is based around battles between groups of monsters: three on three, three on one, or six on one. The action takes place in a coliseum setting, where the monsters duke it out. Your monsters will come from the game or, if you have them, cards you'll insert into a slot on the arcade cabinet. You'll be able to register a group of up to three and fight against opponents. The combat is based on a simple two-button system that lets you have your team of monsters attack. If you're lucky and have a rare card in your possession, the game will recognize it and allow you a third attack option: a special attack triggered by pushing the sword in the middle of the cabinet down. Players will get cards out of the machine, which gives you a free card when you finish a match; it's also possible to get cards that come free with certain Square Enix goods. The single-player will have you fighting artificial intelligence opponents, which range from teams of enemies to single bosses. Based on this, it appears that most matches will be three on three. Boss fights will be three on one, with the bosses taking on your whole team. If you meet up with a particularly difficult boss you can have a friend join in and improve the odds, upping the match size to six on six.

From the looks of it, Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road should fit into the Japanese arcade scene nicely when it ships this June. The card system is atypical of similar games on the market. Unfortunately, Square Enix has no current plans to release the title in the States, although reps said they'd like to. So anyone interested in trying the game out will have to find their way to Japan.

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60fps
60fps

It already is coming to the states, they just announced that so you've got that issue covered ;) This just feels like the DQ version of Cocobo tales with all the cards and everything.

speedracer216
speedracer216

screw this. they should be putting that money into bringing Dragon Quest Monster : JOKER to the states!!! come on guys!

Chirico_Cuvie
Chirico_Cuvie

Arcades are dead, they are nowhere near as big in Japan either. They cost too much to develop, manufacture, rent, maintain and unless you charge $1 per credit or more you might get money out of it if you're lucky. Consoles are far better for a gaming platform and have been for the past 10 years. The hardware caught up and surpassed what the previously superior arcade machines could do, so the Arcades did the only thing they could do, make big "activity" games that feature props or cockpits that you wouldn't have on a console. It's true Japan and Asia still see the occasional shooter or fighter in the Arcades, but the world has moved on from those stale genres, and only the "hardcore" remain. It's not like arcade owners decided not to keep these machines, they did what had to be done to stay in business. Your best bet is to find a "nostalgia arcade". There are several around here in SoCal, Camelot, the Ronald Reagan Arcade downtown, and more. They've got many of the old classics like Bad Dudes, Out Run and even some really vintage ones like Pac Man, Tempest and some old Taito stuff. You youngsters got to grow up with the internet, we got to grow up with arcades, that's life. Watch Tron, Robocop 2, or The Wizard to see what Arcades were like 10-25 years ago. Chuck E. Cheese used to be awesome for their arcades, now they are weak. Disneyland used to have a two-story arcade that was awesome, so did Knott's Berry Farm and Magic Mountain. When I went back after many years they are all but gone and filled with the same big "activity" games that are in Dave & Busters. That really bummed me out and actually put a damper on the rest of my visit. It's like going to visit and old friend and finding out they died years ago.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

I WANT ARCADE GAMES HERE, I'm freaking sick of seeing ticket games...I guess that's how they get people to pay...I miss the old days...or I can go to xbox live but to be honest, people weren't so rude and annoying if you play them in person. And at the very least, they'll give you second. If you don't have any idea what I'm talking about then that's my point.

GizmoVirus
GizmoVirus

Arcade games like this are big business in Asia

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

Arcade games? Those are outdated, but I'd like to see wher ethis goes.

SirSpudly
SirSpudly

Considering the failure that was Nintendo's E-reader, I fail to see this game ever being feasable for console gaming. However Europe might see a few machines if Square-Enix popularity continues to rise.

kamicolo
kamicolo

Oh, how I love technology :P Smart move from Square Enix, seems they get a lot of cool stuff over in Japan