Dragon Quest IX screens, impressions and US/UK release date

Wi-Fi Tag Mode

Anyone remember Nintendogs? How about its quirky Bark Mode? The concept returns in DQIX, where your closed but operational DS will send out a signal (reaching about 50 feet) to any other DS in the area with Tag Mode activated and swap profile information like hours played, percentage complete and pictures of your custom fighter. Doesn’t really affect gameplay, though if you perhaps saw someone with a really cool shield or a body made of DQ slimes, that might spur you to play a bit further.

Above: Not an image of Tag Mode 

Closing thoughts

JRPGs, Dragon Quest in particular, are usually solo affairs. The idea that you can opt to play through the entire thing with a friend, pieces at a time, could be the gimmick the series needs to gain real traction in the US. What’s more, the US and UK versions will be compatible with each other for the multiplayer, though it’s all still local – no global Wi-Fi Connection team-ups just yet.

The opening cinema was downright beautiful, with a visual style right in between the already lovely Dragon Quest VIII and the impressive movies from PSP’s Final Fantasy Tactics remake. Just wanted to share my affection for it.

With 120 optional sidequests, 180 monsters and other impressive numbers attached to standard features, DQIX will undoubtedly offer dozens of hours of RPG bliss for the initiated. But will the unconverted give it a chance? We’ll know shortly after July 11 (or July 23 in Europe).

Plenty more screens are just a click away.

May 19, 2010


  • Schnipke - May 20, 2010 11 a.m.

    I so want to get this, and this would be my third Dragon Quest game since I already have 4 and 8.
  • shyfonzie - May 20, 2010 3:03 a.m.

    I could play this... I haven't tried any DQs before. Will that be a big hurdle, or will it stand alone pretty well?
  • Hydrohs - May 19, 2010 7:11 p.m.

    I've always wanted to give DQ a go but I've just never gotten around to it. This one certainly sounds interesting enough. Maybe I'll end up getting it, I'm sure I'll love it.
  • GR_HenryGilbert - May 19, 2010 6:58 p.m.

    I want to play this right now. Screw Alan Wake/Red Dead/Prince of Persia
  • db1331 - May 19, 2010 6:09 p.m.

    Cool, sounds good. I like the custom character creator too. I have never played a DQ. Lately I have come dangerously close to buying a used copy of Heavenly Bride. Maybe I will just wait for this one though. reCAPTCHA: and drunkard Boy do I wish. I wanted a beer bad enough even before I saw that.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - May 19, 2010 5:59 p.m.

    ^ Nope, it's definitely not designed so you HAVE to play with others. I asked if there were bosses or dungeons that basically demanded co-op and they said no. You'll still have three other NPCs in your party while offline, so you'll always have four people attacking/defending/casting spells.
  • db1331 - May 19, 2010 5:55 p.m.

    Is it so focused on co-op that people who want to play it on their own will suffer?
  • KasamSheer - May 19, 2010 5:54 p.m.

    Game looks sweet, so stoked!

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