Yuji Horii’s Hopes For Dragon Quest IX In The West

By Ishaan . July 10, 2010 . 6:16pm

http://www.siliconera.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/twitter_logo.jpg Yuji Horii understands that Japan’s portable gaming population is more dense than in any other part of the world. Ergo, he also fully understands that while Dragon Quest IX will probably benefit from Nintendo’s backing overseas, some of the game’s more prolific features, such as the Tag Mode, which relies on interaction with other local DS systems, will likely go under-appreciated.


But that’s okay, according to Horii. Despite the lack of Wi-Fi multiplayer, there are other ways in which Dragon Quest IX can be used as a means of communication — specifically, with the help of Twitter.


“I don’t think the game population is as dense over there as it is in Japan, so I’m not sure if exchanges can happen as much,” Horii theorized, realistically, during a session of Iwata Asks.


“But on the other hand, Twitter is really popular and I think Twitter and Dragon Quest can co-exist. You can use Twitter and say, ‘I’m around here right now, so if anyone’s playing, assemble here and let’s exchange stuff!’ That could happen, or they could use Twitter and get a multiplayer game going.”

  • Joanna

    theoretically yes. I’m not sure how Twitter works (since I don’t have an account), but I was under the impression that someone need to “follow” you to see what you twit. In that case, it’s not going to help me very much because I don’t know any one near me that actually likes DQ. Guess I’ll just have to hope I randomly tag someone when I’m out and about even though that seems highly unlikely. :(

    • u can search things like #DQ and u find all the tweets(messages) that contain that “keyword”, so at the time this project goes foward there might be a keyword to more easily match up players :

      i supose xD

      • Joanna

        thanks for the info. that does make it easier to use.

  • Hmmm… Should I make a Twitter account now? =P

    • Joanna

      heh. That was what was going through my head…but I doubt I would update it frequently enough. But who knows, maybe I’ll cave in one of these days. xD

  • i guess this is more useful for ppl who have cellphones that can access to twitter…

  • Dragon Quest IX seems awesome, but they were seriously trippin’ when they finessed the ad-hoc multiplayer. My best friend and I would be tearing this game UP if not for the fact that he lives over in Oklahoma. :(((

    I order one of you to fly to Tennessee and play DQIX with me.

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