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Seth Green appears in Dragon Quest IX ad, hits demographic

Seth Green, professional nerd-writer-actor, appears in a new ad for Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of Starry Skies, enticing 16 to 30-year-old males who enjoy things like Batman, Star Wars, and farts.

This isn't the first time a Nintendo-published game has received the celebrity ad treatment, which is why it smells a bit similar to those pungent celebrity DS endorsements from a while back, like this one with Liv Tyler...


Above: Entering your name does not normally require giggles and elated sighs

But Seth's likeable demeanor and penchant for self parody make this work better than most celebrity game ads. Oh, and Nintendo wants us to know that he actually plays the game, so here he is again, talking behind the scenes about how Dragon Quest IX is simple, but challenging, and also interactive:


Above: The Western audience still isn't going to care about Dragon Quest. Sorry, Nintendo.

Jun 30, 2010

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14 comments

  • k1ng94 - July 2, 2010 10:19 p.m.

    I think some people commenting would be surprised by how many celebritys play video games. I've heard Seth refer to video games on the Family Guy commentary several times not to mention he attended Activation's conference/show. Also his childhood friend Hugh Sterbakov - Co-Creator of Robot Chicken - often co-hosts on Dan Amrich's gaming podcast so even if he doesn't play games direct he at least would know quite a bit about them.
  • shyfonzie - July 1, 2010 5:37 p.m.

    Liv Taylor is a goddamn giggling baby. And that's a good commercial.
  • Cyberninja - July 1, 2010 12:49 a.m.

    reborn kusabi spoliers much and i am just starting the second chapter.
  • JohnDagger - June 30, 2010 11 p.m.

    Seth Green = Boss....also his Joker character is awesome
  • RebornKusabi - June 30, 2010 10:18 p.m.

    I somehow went through life never playing a Dragon Quest/Warrior game and shortly before my DSi imploded into the ether, one of my friends just gave me Dragon Quest 4 and I decided "F*ck it, might as well give it a try... what could possibly go wrong?" 50 game hours later, I now consider that one of the best 16-bit RPG's I've ever played, with Chrono Trigger being the best of the best in my book. I loved the battle system, the way the game handled constantly changing protagonists (think Pulp Fiction but in a Japanese medieval setting ... and less sodomy) but also stayed completely coherent and the simple fact that some of the later bosses required extremely precise and concise strategy to beat (constantly casting buff, debuff, exploiting their elemental weaknesses and other status changing/ exploitative abilities that are usually ignored in most RPG's that aren't MMO's). If you have a DS and haven't played Dragon Quest 4 or for that matter, any of them at all, I would honestly say start with this one. I generally dislike JRPG's but even the story line of this one didn't feel as atypical of what most of the genre's storyline usually are. Hell, you don't even play the main character that you name in the beginning until 10+ hours into the game... and even though his/her chapter is considered the last (somewhat...), his/her chapter is also the longest as well where you reunite with the, still alive, other main characters and fight an evil sorcerer that has only been hinted at throughout the entire game but only made apparent in the final chapter. Even the main VILLIAN is unlike what appears in most JRPG's; his main reason for wanting to rid the world of mortals is because of the fact that the women he loved, because she saw the good in him, was essentially lynched for being some sort of heretical mage. Be warned though, as soon as you hit that final chapter, the game gets extremely difficult extremely quickly if you're not actively wounding enemies, even random encountered enemies, with status effects and elemental weaknesses.
  • Mexiflan - June 30, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    I love Seth Green but he doesn't know shit about games. This is like Joel McHale in Ubisoft's E3 press conferences,but he is way funnier.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - June 30, 2010 9:14 p.m.

    I think everyone remotely near my age has a fondness for the first Dragon Warrior, because we all got it for free via Nintendo Power. Then just about none of us bothered to continue playing through 2, 3 or 4.
  • chazbott - June 30, 2010 8:30 p.m.

    I love DQ but now it has been tainted with the image of Seth Green. A person who has made himself famous by fart jokes and being a douchebag in most of his movies.
  • may.be.vital - June 30, 2010 7:38 p.m.

    I LIKE IT! In all honesty though the Western Audience won't care.
  • iluvmyDS - June 30, 2010 7:37 p.m.

    I love Dragon Quest! That said, I imagine he's eagerly awaiting his paycheck.
  • JADENkOTOR - June 30, 2010 7:24 p.m.

    Dude look at the guy... he probably grew up on this shit. I don't think he would even bother endorsing it if he didn't. He probably thought it was funny and related to the message which was hilarious by the way.
  • Killik_13 - June 30, 2010 7:20 p.m.

    I think Seth Green is great, and that advert was delightful (Can you tell I'm English yet?), certainly better than just about every WII and DS ad I've seen in my life. But yeah, he clearly doesn't give a shit about Dragon Quest IX. Can't say I blame him though...
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - June 30, 2010 7:14 p.m.

    @Evil_AppleJuice Oh, I wouldn't say that, though I don't imagine he's all that interested in Dragon Quest.
  • Evil_AppleJuice - June 30, 2010 7:09 p.m.

    I love seth green, and I thought the commercial was funny, but the interview.... oh god. I honestly doubt he has played much more than a Halo game at his friends house once.

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