Dragon Quest IX exclusive to DS

[UPDATE] Square Enix announces next installment of series will be strictly portable on Nintendo's handheld; game is subtitled Guard of the Starry Night.

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The game will apparently involve characters shouting numbers at big greenish guys.
The game will apparently involve characters shouting numbers at big greenish guys.

Though not exactly a household name for gamers here in the United States, the Dragon Quest series is one of the most popular gaming franchises in Japan. The release of Dragon Quest VIII in Japan was met with the same frenzy that typically accompanies the release of the latest edition of another Square Enix franchise, Final Fantasy.

Square Enix released Dragon Quest VIII on the PlayStation 2, which was a great boon for Sony. However, it appears as though the benefactor of Dragon Quest IX will be one of Sony's rivals. Forbes reports that Dragon Quest IX has been announced as an exclusive for the Nintendo DS.

Some analysts think this could be a big blow against Sony because the Dragon Quest franchise is considered a top-tier franchise and has sold more than 41 million copies worldwide. Hiroshi Kamide, analyst at KBC Securities, said the decision to put Dragon Quest IX exclusively on the DS "was rather unexpected, so it's not a huge vote of confidence for the PlayStation 3," reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

Another look at the lead character's backside.
Another look at the lead character's backside.

Square is also preparing a Dragon Quest game for the Wii, due early next year, and recently released Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime, a series spin-off, for the DS.

[UPDATE] Square Enix has confirmed that the DS Dragon Quest is in development, and that it is tentatively called Dragon Quest IX: Guard of the Starry Night. The game will be more action-oriented than previous Dragon Quest games, and battles will "take place on the field." There will also be support for four-player multiplayer, presumably through the DS's Wi-Fi capabilities. DQIX is currently scheduled for release in Japan in 2007; no US release window was given.

Square Enix also reconfirmed that the Dragon Quest Wii title, Dragon Quest Swords: Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors, will be released in spring 2007.

But that's not the last of Dragon Quest news. Another DQ game, Dragon Quest Monster Battle Road, is headed to Japanese arcades and is a "card-battle game where players battle monsters in a coliseum to win real-life cards with monster data imprinted on them."

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The Multi-player looks pretty cool.

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this is full 3D cool i don't know what to say looks good i mean yheah thats it :D

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i liked it when u tamed the monsters in the old games. i never tried playing an rpg without taming monsters, so this game might be a good experience.

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I'am so glad to see it coming out and also that it is coming home to Nintendo the console where it all started.I have been a fan of Dragon Warrior/Quest ever since the first one.Only sorry it took so long for Enix to bring it back.Thank you Square-Enix!!

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Isn't it funny how many of the people who are arguing for Sony don't seem to be Dragon Quest traditionalists, just Dragon Quest VIII traditionalists, because as I remember every Dragon Quest up to VII was in 2D, which the DS is perfectly capable of, and were still just as good games.

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WOW it looks Great ...

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WAY TOO MUCH DRAGON QUEST TOO FAST. are they trying to drown us in dragon quest just so we hate the franchise?

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Trogeton just for your information, EB game has a instore trade-in for old DS to lite version.It still cost you something but its like 100$ less if i remember right. and for that news ,well, I am happy that SE is "coming back" to papa,but it will eventually go back to the big machine. GO BIG N.

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DQ games are pretty challenging at times but thats why so many people love it...for when they beat it the reaction is much more satisfying because..well i dont know it just is

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Hmm... I guess I could try something from Enix's end.

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I love Dragon Quest!

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I heart dragon quest so hard it ain't even funny.

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is this coming out in the US?

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goku said: cant see sony coming back from this one. now all they have left is capcom. well didnt u c that DMC4 is also going the 360 way,dude even capcom left sonys back yard.

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I'm a big fan of the series..but DQ isn't known for graphics..did they really expect to put the next title on the PS3? Bwahaha..Too bad SONY..

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I'm loving this. Sony is got to be crumbling, something tells me SE is gonna pull FF from sony. this is what sony gets for its arrogance!

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As soon as the US ver. comes out, I'll be at game store :P

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23 million DS sold around the world , huge user base, anyone needs more reasons why DQIX is coming to the DS?, I dont think so lol.

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Good thing I got a DS instead of a PSP!

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I'm glad to se SE supporting nintendo again, and i hope the same for the wii good job nintendo now your sons and daughters are coming back to you!

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I wish I can somehow trade my old ds for a lite.. but I dont think that there is any way to do so.. just to have the better one.. but not matter I have not been playing it at all.. but I would love to trade my original one for the lite

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Wow thats a lot of Sony Hate hahaha. Im quite excited about the DQ for DS. I felt the last DS for PS2 didn't really do it justice... I was expecting so much more.

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sony is going down. they have lost SE and a couple of others now all we need is capcom and sony is finished. DQ will play well on the ds. the psp has been completely owned by the ds. sony fanboys, its not nintendos fault the psp is going out of buisness, well maybe it is a little but who cares the psp is **** anyway

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Can't wait. DS + Dragon Quest = Happy :)

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cant see sony coming back from this one. now all they have left is capcom.

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looks like the end of sony psp R.I.P LOL

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I've only played Rocket Slime, and I can safely say... ...I have no idea what to expect Xp

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never played any of the DQ series... but this one and VIII have sparked my interest... i might have to invest...

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I know it's way old news, but I never wrote anything about it so...Anyway, the DS has been severly lacking in good RPGs, something the GBA always had. At least Squarenix will put out good ones. First FFIII and now DQ IX, the future looks promising.

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this game will let the ds go high and high and high and the others like ps and xbox go down

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I cant wait to get this game it looks awesome

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I love this game,

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DQ8 was awesome!!!!! Can't wait for DQ9!!!!

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=( me too

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Dear God ... I NEED A NDS!

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@ Platyphyllum Um yeah its a joke :|

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After hearing this game was coming to the DS... I ended up buying a DS Lite... ohhh yeah this game will no doubt sell DS systems for sure now.

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@stripeknight The whole japanese law thing is nothing short of an urban legend. They did however recieve massive complaints and have agreed not to release the games on weekdays. There is no such law however.

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freakin' awesome

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cool

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Did Gamespot just say that the game will involve characters shouting numbers at big greenish guys? Is that a joke or do they not know that the numbers are actually the damage you are doing to the enemy?

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@sh0 they are actully selling horribly. They only shipped a few million and many game studios are considering Signing off of the Psp developers list. Also graphics do not make a game. Look at the pretty much best selling game ever. Super mario it wasnt pretty but so much fun you didnt care. FFV11 's Graphics Sucked (I have it Btw)

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wow Nintendo really fighting back. Not only will this increase game sales but ds system sales too.

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to "stripeknight" : they made an unaffordable console

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This is a huge blow to Sony as Dragon Quest is the largest media Franchise in Japan, in fact the government passed a national law that any Dragaon Quest game may not be released on a shool/work day as the country just shuts down, I'd like to know what Sony did to loose their most important franchise?!

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waves bye bye to the amazing animated visual feast of dragon quest VIII, it was fun finally having a DQ that was up to date and actually looked good hopes the DS installment's content trumps the loss of the presentation the ps2 version provided

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DQ that came out for PS2 wasn't all that graphically impressive and I thought that the gameplay was a bit obsolete. It was perfect back in the day with NES, but now it just seems more 'work' than I'm willing to put in. Faster gameplay is all good with me. And having it come out for DS, I really look forward to this game

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ok, i don't care about the playstation 3 until 1/2 of american households are able to get one that will work perfectly, which may not happen until 2008... I think that a DS DQ is odd, but I'll give it a shot. I think a Wii version would have made a HELLUVA lot more sense.

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Lets face it ps3 has to prove itself it has only one good game that exclusive resistance. Nintendo ds has. Xbox 360 and Nintendo Ds is where its at right now. Plus to bring a game like this to Ds is isane. And that why Ds is might be the best handheld ever made is full of suprises and variety. Everything from Final Fantasy III exclusive to Mario and what system has that only the ds. I cant wait to get this. I think everyone should have a ds I was skeptical at first but this system has proven itself time of time with good games to go.