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I don’t often get a chance to participate in some of the interesting comic and gaming events that go on here in the North Texas area, and normally I’m alright with that, but as you’re probably well aware of by now the Dragon Quest series holds a special place in my heart and it just so happened that a local Gamestop was participating in one of the Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (DS) “Sampling Events” that took place Saturday 7/31.

These events were set up so that you could take your copy of the game to the designated area and download a special map that Nintendo was offering (a dungeon adding extra content to the game) as well as “tag” other Dragon Quest players and download any extra dungeons that they had unlocked in their play through the game. You could also link up with the worlds other fans were playing in and battle with each other to gain more experience, loot, etc. (I didn’t have the time to try this but others were definitely having fun battling together). It was really cool to be able to participate in something like this and I ended up with ~ 5 extra maps for my effort, including the official one Nintendo offered.

But that wasn’t all that was great about spending ~ an hour checking out the DQ event. In addition, Nintendo and Square-Enix provided some Dragon Quest goodies for the fans that attended. The first handful were given a classic blue slime t-shirt (happy to say that I was one of them) and most were awarded a DQIX poster, sticker sheet and introduction booklet for coming. I didn’t expect anything like that and really appreciate Nintendo and Square-Enix’ extra effort in setting this up. I’ll proudly be adding these items to my Dragon Quest collection (which I’ll definitely have to show you guys at some point) and keeping an eye on any future events like this that I may be able to participate in. And anything that will allow me to enjoy more time with the game, like those 5 extra maps, is that much more icing on an already fantastic cake.

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Let’s see, I’ve had Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies for a little over a week now, and I’m happy to report that — for me — it’s more than living up to all the expectations I had placed on it as a huge fan of the series, and as a big fan of Level 5’s work (who worked on one of my all-time favorites, Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King for the PS2). I’ve been hard pressed to put it down since unwrapping it last week and any time I can catch a few uninterrupted minutes of free time on a break or what not I try to fire it up.

As for where I am in the game for anyone that’s playing: I just reached Cap’n Max Meddlin’, “swashbucklin’, seafarin’ collector of only the miniest o’ medals” at Dourbridge and am leveling up in the fields and caves nearby before tackling the next boss. My party consists of the a minstrel (the silent hero) who I named Roto after the original DQ warrior, a green haired female warrior named Lyn, a blue haired female thief named Natasha, and a priest named T’ Challa. Most are hovering around Lv. 24 and I’m having an awful lot of fun upgrading their weapons and armor just as the creators knew we would.

Someone recently described the Dragon Quest series as something of a ‘game you play as a vacation from games’ and I have to agree wholeheartedly with that summation. The DQ games are always a return to fun, a joy to play and chock full of charm. With all the new features, it’s still a series that unapologetically revels in what has worked so well for it for over 20 years now and I couldn’t be happier.

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Like so many others, I’ve been anxiously awaiting DQIX for a heck of a long time now, passing up the temptation to purchase the JP version ($19 in some stores in Tokyo) but it looks like the wait is finally coming to an end with game becoming available July 11th! Surprisingly, I went to pre-order it and thanks to a promotional code I received on a previous game I was able to reserve my copy for $24.95! Glad I waited.

More about the game should be avialable soon on the official Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Sky site.

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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (PS2; 2005) was my first foray into the world of Yuuji Horii and Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Quest series since the early days of the NES’ Dragon Warrior (which I obtained in the popular Nintendo Power giveaway) and I was so enamored with the game, its mechanics, rich world, and characters that I decided to use it as a springboard to start my own DQ collection.  I quickly re-obtained that original NES cartridge, and spent a couple of years hunting down complete versions of the Game Boy DQ Remakes I-III, Dragon Quest Monsters I-II, and DQVII for future rainy days.  I scarfed up Rocket Slime and Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker for the DS a couple of years ago, and of course, the shiny new version of DQIV was released only a few weeks ago as the first of 3 remakes on the Nintendo DS which will bring the series up-to-date here in the states, all the way up to Dragon Quest IX: Protectors of the Sky which should be hitting our shores sometime in 2009.

A better version of the TGS trailer for the game can be found in the video sidebar and from the looks of it, its going to exceed my own lofty expectations coming out of the epic Journey of the Cursed King.  Toriyama’s classic art style is handled so well in the impressive cut scene footage and while the DS can’t quite muster the detail found in DQVIII, it certainly still knocks it out of the park on the hand-held.  What’s more, I’m jazzed at the prospect of creating and equipping my characters as shown in the video.  So, if you haven’t seen it, sit back and take a moment to enjoy the music and the way in which the video quickly endears the characters to the audience as they try to fight back the forces of evil endangering the land.

It’s amazing how far we’ve come in the last 20 years.

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And speaking of Akira Toriyama, today Square-Enix made one heck of an announcement – that Chrono Trigger will be released on the Nintendo DS this holiday season! This is significant not only for the fact that it’s the first time that the RPG has been released on a hand-held system – with DS-specific functionality and additional content – which will be a huge treat for fans old and new alike but also because it has the very real potential to completely revitalize the franchise and possibly even convince Square-Enix to follow the original up with a full-fledged sequel, something that fans have been clamoring for for years now.

What follows is the official word from Square-Enix:

LOS ANGELES, July 2 /PRNewswire/ — Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix(TM) interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that it will release CHRONO TRIGGER(R) in North America this Holiday season. Remastered exclusively for Nintendo DS(TM), this marks the first time that the groundbreaking RPG will be available on a handheld console.

Originally released in 1995 on Super NES(R) and shipping more than 2.5 million copies worldwide, CHRONO TRIGGER has been hailed as one of the greatest games of all time by critics and fans alike. With a unique and multifaceted storyline, the game revolutionized the world of RPGs with never-before-seen features, including an unprecedented soundtrack and multiple endings determined by side quests and the player’s actions.

With artwork by famed manga artist Akira Toriyama and an unprecedented and inspiring musical score created by Yasunori Mitsuda, CHRONO TRIGGER represents the best-in-class of the video game world. This newly revamped edition maintains all of the game’s original elements and spirit while introducing the portability, dual-screen presentation and Touch-Screen functionality of Nintendo DS. Players will soon be able to rediscover the exhilarating RPG experience, breathtaking storyline and innovative gameplay in the palm of their hands.

STORY

When a newly developed teleportation device malfunctions at the Millennial Fair, young Crono must travel through time to rescue his misfortunate companion from an intricate web of past and present perils. The swashbuckling adventure that ensues soon unveils an evil force set to destroy the world, triggering Crono’s race against time to change the course of history and bring about a brighter future.

FEATURES

— A masterpiece with an engaging and unparalleled storyline, leading to the discovery of multiple epic conclusions to a journey that transcends time

— An unprecedented and inspiring musical score created by Yasunori Mitsuda

— Intriguing battle system made possible by the unique combination of the Active Time Battle system and Tech skills

— Famed character designer Akira Toriyama lends his signature art style to create the vibrant world that has captivated gamers around the world

— Taking advantage of the Nintendo DS hardware, CHRONO TRIGGER makes its way onto the portable platform with all-new dual screen presentation and Touch-Screen functionality

— A brand new dungeon and a Wireless Play mode adds exciting new dimensions to this timeless classic

CHRONO TRIGGER has not yet been rated. Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board website at http://www.esrb.org for more information about ratings. The official website can be found at http://na.square-enix.com/ctds.

Fantastic news! Throw in the recent announcement for the Dragon Quest remakes, and I simply have to tip my hat to Square-Enix this year.

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Its been a busy day here in Duckburg, but in order to avoid a couple of laps around the building, I figured I had better vent some of my excitement by announcing that it’s been confirmed that Dragon Queset IV: Chapters of the Chosen for the Nintendo DS is indeed hitting U.S. shores, and Square-Enix has a DQ IV “Teaser” site up and running already, along with a confirmed release date of September 16, 2008!

“A tale of epic proportions told through a unique chapter sequence that enables players to experience multiple character perspectives. Embark on an adventure with characters from different walks of life, all destined to unite with you, the hero, to save the world.”

And perhaps even more exciting is that the remakes of Dragon Quest V & VI have been confirmed at the main Square-Enix Dragon Quest portal as well!

It’s been a heck of a long time coming, so my thanks to everyone involved in making it happen! I reckon that not everyone that visits the blog is nearly as excited, but pardon my enthusiasm a moment if you would!

“Wa-Hoo!”

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