When Dragon Quest VIII rolled around the newly christened Square-Enix wasn’t going to make the same mistakes they made with VII. They ditched the developer of VI and VII, Heartbeat, and hired Level-5, which had only worked on the Dark Cloud series previously. By the time DQVIII came out in 2004, the series took Japan by storm again, and was one of the best looking games on the PS2, taking on a cel-shaded look that matched its Akira Toriyama character designs. It helped in a big way make Level-5 the key developer it is today.
It also reverted to the Quest title in the US, which all the other games and remakes have followed since, and it was the first DQ to be released in the UK. Though it did better internationally, it still wasn’t the blockbuster Square-Enix hoped for, partially because it came out around the same time as fervor for the 360 and next-gen gaming had just begun. Still, Level-5 proved they could take DQ into the modern age, and it seems to be the dev for the foreseeable future.
We’d hate to leave you guys without a happy ending, so let’s focus on the more improper side of DQ, the Puff Puff, or Powder Puff massage. Appearing in the first Dragon Quest, though not showing up in the American releases of Dragon Warrior until later Game Boy Color remakes, the Puff Puff massage is offered by the sexy ladies of the world, who dress in classy bunny girl costumes. Once the money is paid the lights go out and the fun begins.
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For years it was left up to the player’s imagination, though most just assumed that the practice was the same as in Dragon Ball, where DQ character designer coined the term. In the comic it refers to getting a facial massage from a woman’s breast, to put it bluntly. But at long last, Dragon Quest VIII revealed the truth about Puff Puff:
Currently the future looks rosy for Dragon Quest, at least in Japan. DQIX has been out there for a year and has sold 4.2 million, making it the bestselling game in the series, and one of the biggest Japanese sellers of all time. Meanwhile, Dragon Quest X was announced for the Wii nearly two years ago, which continued Square-Enix’s tradition of putting DQ on the highest selling console of the generation. No news has been seen since the announcement, but here’s hoping we see something soon.
Overseas, Nintendo is optimistic they can make DQIX a hit in the US, while the release of Dragon Quest VI on DS seems more up-in-the-air than before. But whether it has international success or not, Dragon Quest will still be huge in Japan next year for its 25th anniversary, and will almost certainly be around for the 50th.
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