The Dragon Quest IX Juggernaut Comes to North America

February 24, 2010

Dragon Quest might not be as big in Western lands, but in Japan this franchise is huge!  How huge?  Huge enough to move over 4.1 million units to date.  This could quite possibly be why Nintendo had to jump in and make sure this DS RPG comes to North America by partnering with Square-Enix as publisher and developer respectively.  While I doubt we can expect to see those numbers here, it will definitely be nice to get my hands on the latest and greatest the franchise has to offer.  If you’ll recall, the last numbered game in the series, Dragon Quest VIII, was released here on the PS2 back in November 2005.  Here we are now, almost five years later, and we get the next numbered game, except it’s on the DS.  It’ll be a day-one purchase for me for sure.

The announcement that DQIX was going to make its way across the Pacific was given today at Nintendo’s event in San Francisco, which is likely filled with a whole mess of other announcements (some of which are already gracing this site).  Still, this one is by far the most anticipated upcoming game for me.  Yes, I’m a JRPG nerd, hear me roar!

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Chad Awkerman

Chad joined the DualShockers staff in mid 2009 and since then has put much of his time into covering RPGs, with a focus on the Japanese side of the genre, from the obscure to the mainstream. He's a huge fan of iconic games like Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy VI and Persona 4 yet enjoys the smaller niche titles, as well. In his spare time he enjoys experiencing new beer, new foods and keeping up with just about every sci-fi show on television. He's married to an intelligent, beautiful Southern Belle who keeps his life interesting with witty banter and spicy Cajun cooking.

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