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JAPANESE BOMBSHELL: DraQue IX going to NDS!!?!

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Dragon Quest 9 Set for DS Square Enix brings Japan's favorite series to Japan's favorite system. by Anoop Gantayat December 11, 2006 - Square Enix held a press conference in Tokyo today to announce the next entry in the main Dragon Quest series. In a surprise move, Japan's most popular series will continue not on the PS3 or the Wii, as many had expected. Instead, Square Enix will be bringing the game to the DS. The full name of Dragon Quest 9 is Dragon Quest 9: Hoshizora no Mamoribito. The surname can be translated to "Protectors of the sky." Level 5 will be handling development on the game. The hot-shot development studio headed up development on Dragon Quest 8, before turning to a couple of projects for Sony. On the DS, the studio is currently working on Professor Layton and the Mysterious Village, to be self-published early next year. Development staff on Level 5's end is the same as from Dragon Quest 8, right down to company president Akihiro Hino, who's serving as producer. Other staff members should come as no surprise. Series father Yuji Horii, heading up the project once again, was in attendance at the press conference, and said, "The DS version is not a side-story, but a true part of the series." Kouichi Sugiyama will be lending his talents to the game's soundtrack. And all future Dragon Quest soundtracks, it seems, as he took the stage today to say "I will continue making Dragon Quest music until I die." Development seems to be quite far along. Famitsu.com and Gemaga.com, the online arms of two big Japanese magazines, report that a demo was held at the press conference, with Horii and other guests playing the game live. Dragon Quest 9 features an action-oriented battle system playable cooperatively by up to four players via Wi-Fi. This is the first network-based Dragon Quest, Horii noted. The DS's dual screen setup is also put to use, with the top screen showing a map and the bottom screen housing all the action. Horii is aiming for a Japanese release some time in 2007. With Dragon Quest 8 pulling in favorable sales internationally, expect a release outside of Japan to follow.
!!!!!!!!!!?!!! Forget next-gen consoles, looks like handhelds are the future in Japan!



"The next time someone tells you Compact Discs are the wave of the future, tell them the future doesn't belong to snails!" - Nintendo Power, April 1994

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I said WOW! So, DQ is not gonna be the game the gives the ultimate advantage to the PS3 or the Wii... can we say Sony is doomed ? (I know, they're still having FFXIII but...)



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OMG !! That is HUGE news, DQ has always been a grapically light game, and SE always go with the console with the biggest userbase, but I don't think anyone would have second guessed this one Do we have any pics yet?



Sell your PS3s/Wiis/360s! Teh next-gen is all about the DS!! It's confirmed...handhelds are teh future...!!!



"The next time someone tells you Compact Discs are the wave of the future, tell them the future doesn't belong to snails!" - Nintendo Power, April 1994

Square07 said: Sell your PS3s/Wiis/360s! Teh next-gen is all about the DS!! It's confirmed...handhelds are teh future...!!!
Well it's scary just how much the DS will dominate everything in Japan - will it pass the Gameboy's (combined) 32m total? The PS2's ~22m looks like a cert now, with ~15m being sold by Jan 07



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Hm... I suppose SE found that it was cheaper and more profitable to produce a quickie NDS version than to slog it out for 3 years on a PS3 version. SE realizes it will take 2-3 years for the PS3 to reach a critical mass that makes it viable to release SE games.



Heeeeyyyy!!!! <Snap>