Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies Brought To You By Nintendo

By Spencer . February 24, 2010 . 11:12am

imageDragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies is being released Stateside, but not by Square Enix. Nintendo announced they are publishing Dragon Quest IX in North America and it’s scheduled for a summer release.


A similar deal was made for Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls and Final Fantasy IV – VI Advance where Square Enix published those titles in Japan and Nintendo handled them in the West. But, those were Final Fantasy games and Final Fantasy is already popular around the world. Dragon Quest is still significantly bigger in Japan than any other territory.


Will Nintendo of America’s marketing dollars and seal of approval make Dragon Quest IX a smashing success in North America? Years ago, it worked with Dragon Warrior.

  • malek86

    Is it my imagination, or is Nintendo publishing a lot of other companies’ stuff lately?

    • Kunio_kun

      Well they sure have plenty of free time on their hands with the slowdown in first-party titles… Besides, this gives them the excuse to continue ignoring the Virtual Console…

  • It doesn’t much matter who publishes it, nothing can make Dragon Quest interesting.

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    • jj984jj

      We need negative points back for stupid comments like this.

      • Ereek

        Seconded. But at the same time, people would abuse the points and just hit minus to everything they disagree with.

        • That’s why it should be like Slashdot.

          • mFrog

            Disqus has a long list of pending features so some day they might add one :D

      • You can still give negative points by “flagging” comments. Try it :)

    • Guest

      Why yew be liek dat?

    • Vino (Tim N)

      Wtf is comment trophy? Is he giving himself a trophy for the comment?

      • He’s patting himself on the back for successfully trolling all of you.

      • That was a little joke from us that didn’t exactly “work” with Disqus. It was supposed to show up as an attachment.

        • We’ll need an uglier troll if we want to make this work. Maybe you should ask him for a pic of himself. *ZING!* :P

  • Hraesvelgr

    Who’s handling the actual translating/localizing of the game, though? Square Enix is fine, I have no problems with their recent localizations, but Nintendo has recently gotten pretty good with their localizations. Glory of Heracles was freakin’ hilarious.

    • Agreed, but I’m hoping there’s no censorship or toning down of things if Nintendo’s involved. Plus, I’d like DQ9 to stay consistent with the other DS DQ’s localization style. Either way I’m psyched they finally confirmed its release!

    • Zefiro Torna

      No word yet on who, but there’s still a possibility that Plus Alpha Translations will be put on the job since Nintendo has been going outside the “treehouse” recently with 8-4 handling Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon and Glory of Heracles.

      Whoever got the task, we’ll be in for a great time anyways.

  • thebanditking

    Im still not interested, DQ 9 fell off my radar when it was announced as a multiplayer DS game. Wake me up when S-E announces the DQ VI port stateside.

    • But it isn’t a multiplayer DS game, it’s a single player DS game with a multiplayer portion!
      And DQVI is confirmed to be localized under the “Realms of Reverie” subtitle.
      It was announced along with IV & V a long time ago.

    • moulinoski

      I have already beaten the game, and I’ll tell you that the game IS single player and it IS oldschool. You remember Dragon Quest (or Dragon Warrior) 3 for the NES or GBC (or SNES)? That’s how this game is like.

      The story, in hindsight, seemed short but it took me like 37 hours to beat, a few hours shy of my time in Dragon Quest 8.

      There’s a bunch of “quests” to do. They’re like WoW quests, where an NPC tells you something, a quest info pops up on the top screen and you either accept or reject to do the quest.

      The multiplayer aspect is only when you want to complete certain dungeons with a friend. Actually, I wonder if you can even do the story with a friend… I doubt it, but I didn’t try.

      The story is also good. It’s no Dragon Quest 5, 6, 7, or 8… but it was still good regardless, what with all the town stories (some of them pretty tragic).

      So yeah, I think you shouldn’t “drop” DQ9 from your “radar” at all. It’s a really good game and I know I’ll enjoy it more when I replay it in English. (For the record, I understand a little bit of Japanese and the game contained Furigana above Kanji, so it was playable for me, unlike Dragon Quest 6)

  • Code

    neat! I was pretty interested in this way back when all the hype was stirred up in Japan. I’d definitely pick this up, even though I have a spotty record for DQ games in the past, I love being able to play together friends, hooray!

  • If this being published by Nintendo means no more $10 Square-Enix Tax, I might just pre-order it. Doubtful, though.

    • It could also mean the “first party Nintendo games that rarely if ever drop in price” ;)

      • mach

        Ugh, the no price drop thing is a lot worse in my book. It’s astonishing to me that Mario Kart Wii is STILL selling for $50. Hell, even Mario 64 DS is still going for $30. It’s kind of absurd.

        • malek86

          The problem is that SM64DS isn’t even worth those 30$. At least MKDS is a good game and deserving of the initial asking price…

          Though I agree that it would be better if Nintendo games went down in price too, but still. Have you noticed that Nintendo is like the only company who never releases compilations of their old 8/16-bit games? Because they know people will buy them singularly at any price. No absurdity here, it’s how the market works.

  • BK0000

    I wish Nintendo would release their own games here before they worry about games from other companies.

    • Kunio_kun

      Exhibit A: Soma Bringer

      • Joanna

        Exhibit B: ASH

  • Ereek

    Very interesting. Perhaps SE does not see DQ as profitable in the west?

    • jarrodand

      Or more likely, they’d like to see it as more profitable in the future. They’re teaming with Nintendo here, if anyone can make DQ a western success, it’s them. Look what they did for Layton.

      • Then after it’s all popular Square-Enix will back-stab Nintendo by announcing DQX for PS3 due to disc space issues :(.

        • Joanna

          Let’s hope the enix of square-enix doesn’t do that. :(

  • Jaxx-Leviathan

    With the current hype for this title and the slowly rising western interest in the series generally, I don’t think the fact that Nintendo publishes the game will make much more impact on western sales than if it was done by S-E. I believe it’ll be the series greatest success so far in the west, though you probably don’t need to be clairvoyant to see that coming.

  • kupomogli

    Nintendo is publishing it. Buy it full price because I can guarantee you that Nintendo is going to stop production of the game before they do a price drop.

    • moulinoski

      I plan to buy it full price, even if I return broke from Japan (I doubt it). I’m going to try to get as many of my friends to buy it day 1. Slimeknights live on!

  • mFrog

    I assume it’s still one save file per cart and no stream play. One for me, one for my wife… there goes my game budget!

    • moulinoski

      It is one save file per cart and there is no single card play. However, I think it would be worth it. It took me ~37 hours to beat the story alone. There’s hundreds of quests you can do with a friend or your wife. And then, there are the optional dungeons you can get in which you can fight enemies from previous Dragon Quest games (although the two dungeons I’ve gone to haven’t featured any bosses I recognize, but maybe they’re from 6).

      I say buy it for yourself and your wife! By the time you’re bored with it, you’ll have enough money for whatever else comes out then.

  • Joanna

    This is really good news. I really liked DQIII and DQIX looks like a spiritual successor. :]

    plus, I get nintendo club points for an enix game! :D

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