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Dragon Quest IX Out in July in North America, Europe

How many more slimes will have to die?!


 You're so adorable, but I need what's inside you! I need your XP bad!
Let's keep this story short-ish and sweet-esque: Nintendo has announced that Square Enix's RPG sensation, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, is set to come to the States on July 12 and Europe on July 23. Japan has been enjoying the ninth entry in the venerable Dragon Quest franchise since last July, so there was some speculation about whether the DS game would show up in English at all. I mean, some people were speculating. I was speculating. I like to speculate. I'm a speculator.
 
Actually, one possible reason that it took Square Enix so long to bring the game to the States is because...well, they aren't bringing the game to the States. Back in February, Square Enix announced that Nintendo would be publishing Dragon Quest IX in those places where people speak English, French, Spanish, German, and Queen's English. It's possible that the distribution deal pushed the U.S release back some time. Or maybe Square Enix doesn't like money.
 
(I have it on good authority that Square Enix does, in fact, like money. I can't tell you how I know that. Just trust me.)
 
Oh, and Square Enix recently announced its sales numbers for the March 2009 to March 2010 fiscal year, and Dragon Quest IX was the second best-selling game the company released, with 4.2 million copies sold in Japan. That's more copies in one region than Batman: Arkham Asylum, the third best-selling game Square Enix released in that same time period, sold in the entire world.
 
So, there you go. Slime beats Batman
 
Check out some new screens from the game! 
 
 
Are you looking forward to Dragon Quest IX's summer release?
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Posted by MattBodega

 You're so adorable, but I need what's inside you! I need your XP bad!
Let's keep this story short-ish and sweet-esque: Nintendo has announced that Square Enix's RPG sensation, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, is set to come to the States on July 12 and Europe on July 23. Japan has been enjoying the ninth entry in the venerable Dragon Quest franchise since last July, so there was some speculation about whether the DS game would show up in English at all. I mean, some people were speculating. I was speculating. I like to speculate. I'm a speculator.
 
Actually, one possible reason that it took Square Enix so long to bring the game to the States is because...well, they aren't bringing the game to the States. Back in February, Square Enix announced that Nintendo would be publishing Dragon Quest IX in those places where people speak English, French, Spanish, German, and Queen's English. It's possible that the distribution deal pushed the U.S release back some time. Or maybe Square Enix doesn't like money.
 
(I have it on good authority that Square Enix does, in fact, like money. I can't tell you how I know that. Just trust me.)
 
Oh, and Square Enix recently announced its sales numbers for the March 2009 to March 2010 fiscal year, and Dragon Quest IX was the second best-selling game the company released, with 4.2 million copies sold in Japan. That's more copies in one region than Batman: Arkham Asylum, the third best-selling game Square Enix released in that same time period, sold in the entire world.
 
So, there you go. Slime beats Batman
 
Check out some new screens from the game! 
 
 
Are you looking forward to Dragon Quest IX's summer release?
Posted by GoatStatik

Wow neat!

Posted by JBird

looks good!
Posted by poser

No!

Posted by Lilarcor

I've heard very good things from people who have imported the Japanese version, so I'll probably pick this game up eventually. Probably not at the 40 dollar price point they'll inevitably charge, although maybe since Nintendo's publishing we'll be spared the Squeenix Tax.

Edited by bcjohnnie

I've played a few of the Dragon Quest / Warrior games (working on IV and V on the DS right now) and I have to say I find them waaay more interesting and compelling than the Final Fantasy games (at least the recent ones... I didn't play that series before VII).
 
DQ has always been fairly stripped down JRPG fare from a gameplay perspective, still regular-ass turn based combat, but the music, the characters, and the enemies have always been a lot of fun... I'm looking forward to this one (although I wish it was on PS3 or 360 instead).

Posted by needforswede

ehhh I have nothing to say

Posted by c0mb1ne

I'm excited to see this finally come out in the states!

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

Matt Kessler, I like the cut of your jib!  A tip of the hat.
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Posted by Tsukiyomi

*sigh* Persona 3 Portable AND Dragon Quest IX in July? I'm going to be spending more time on portable systems during the summer than ever before.

Posted by dvorak

You've got a good editorial style, but quit trying so hard.

Posted by JJOR64

About time.  :P          I'm sad that they aren't using the Japanese boxart.   :(

Posted by skrutop

I really liked Dragon Quest 8 (Hey, I even wrote a review on it).  However, I have no desire to revisit the franchise.  I felt like DQ8 gave me a good appreciation for classic JRPGs.  But I don't want to play them again.

Posted by auspiciousqueue

More DQ titles on the DS makes me happy. Thanks for the info.

Posted by InsanePotato

Thanks for the news Matt

Posted by Scrawnto

"Disturbin' turban"? Alright, my interest is piqued.

Posted by Robitt

I'm what you might call a Dragon Quest-virgin. Maybe I'll let this game pop my cherry.
 
Ugh.. So sorry for that.

Posted by Milkman

Looks way "J" and way "RPG". Hence, I'm probably not interested.

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Posted by Driadon

FUCKING FINALLY! Dragon Quest always seems to push my buttons in the right way, but I am by no means a big enough japanophile to import the original and play without understanding a single word.
July will be a happy month.

Posted by shamanick

Hooray! July 12 is my birthday.  No better present than DQIX :D

Posted by KingOfIceland

Finally. Square sure took their sweet time (as always)

Posted by Leadcat

Yeahhh, Square have a serious issue with releasing games in any reasonable amount of time. I mean that PSP Kingdom Hearts game is only out at the end of this year. That's been  around since... three/four years ago?
 
That said I will totally pick this up! Love me some Dragon Quest.

Posted by XChairmanDrekX

Yo Matt, thought I'd let you know that you seem like a pretty cool dude.

Posted by CaptainTightPants

YES! i was waiting for this news. 

Posted by fillmoejoe

Cool, I loved Dragon Quest 8.
Posted by Brendan

DQIX and Golden Sun 2 will be the DS games I purchase this year, so thanks for the letters and screens Mr. Bodega.
Posted by KaosAngel

DONT BUY THIS GAME!
 
FINAL FANTASY BONZAI!  DRAGON QUEST BAKA!

Posted by OmegaPirate
@KaosAngel: Haha  - i will remember that til the day i die -whatever you do on the internet for the rest of eternity , your place amongst the gods is assured!
Posted by Willy105

About time.

Posted by Soulblitz

Man, I can't believe I sold my DS last week.

Posted by mewarmo990

I should probably finish up (read: start playing) that copy of DQ8 that's been collecting dust on my shelf for years.

Posted by Tordah

I've never played any Dragon Quest games. Do they all have separate stories and worlds like Final Fantasy or is it just one long continuous story?

Posted by Genjai
@mewarmo990 said:
" I should probably finish up (read: start playing) that copy of DQ8 that's been collecting dust on my shelf for years. "
ditto.
Posted by Mabui

Can a slime really die? I mean, I'd assume it would be like a worm or something. Though, worms can totally die I suppose.

Edited by MajorToms

I haven't used my DS (FAT) in months, but It looks like I may have a reason to finally dig it out. 
 
For the record, Outside of Tetris, I don't play many games on my DS. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl was good, but ANOTHER REMAKE Pokemon after that game isn't going to interest me. I've played the same Pokemon game with the same basic Pokemon story for 12 odd years now. I wish Gamefreak would totally reboot their hand-held Pokemon RPG Franchise, it's getting super stale and it honestly shouldn't be. But I guess it's a Nintendo hand-held with Nintendo game designs (make the same game over and over.)
 
I loved Dragon Quest 8 and I bet 9 will be great as well. If Nintendo is doing the translations I hope they don't mess up the spell names. Or maybe I do hope they mess it up.  Can't wait! It hits soon.

Edited by MonetaryDread

i am scared of this release. I want to enjoy it, but to experience the game you need to know other people with the title. I don't know even a single person with a DS, let alone someone that is interested in playing Dragon Quest. How am I supposed to enjoy all the bonus content Enix and prepared for the game.
In case anybody here hasn't heard about Dragon Quest 9, all the bonus content is unlocked by having your game in sleep mode and walking by somebody with another copy of the game. If you do run into someone with the game, you will unlock things like new dungeons, quests, characters, or items that you can only receive this way. From what I have heard somewhere close to half the content of this game is locked behind this horrible decision.

Posted by mewarmo990
@Tordah said:
" I've never played any Dragon Quest games. Do they all have separate stories and worlds like Final Fantasy or is it just one long continuous story? "
Each DQ game is standalone.
Posted by buzz_killington

Matt Kessler killing it with the news!!!