Dragon Quest IX Launch Event Reader Impressions

By Ishaan . July 18, 2010 . 5:58pm

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While Siliconera couldn’t be at the Dragon Quest IX launch event at the Nintendo World Store in New York City, reader Tommy Lee could, and he was awesome enough to mail in with some quick impressions of the event.

 

From what we can tell, it was a fairly well-received launch. Tommy writes:

 

“So, I went to the Dragon Quest IX launch event at the Nintendo World Store. I didn’t manage to get there early enough to get Horii’s autograph. Someone told me that people started lining up for the event starting 7 AM and the line start growing pretty fast at 8 AM.

 

I got there at 10:40 and there were about 100-150 people ahead of me. At around 11:15, Horii showed up and people were chanting his name as he walked into the store. By noon, there were about 750-1,000 people lined up. It pretty much looked like it took up 3/4 of a city block. Around that time, Ichimura waved at the people in the line. I should mention as a side note that either he was looking for a way in, or checking out how long the line was a little before Horii showed up. If I didn’t watch the Iwata Asks section, I wouldn’t have known it was him, since he wore some casual clothing.

 

At 1 PM,. they let in the first 30 people, and then, after that, they let 5-6 people every 2-3 minutes. In the plaza right outside the door, they were giving out free shirts and posters. There were also 6 or 7 stations for multiplayer “demos” with employees playing the host at each station. “Demos” because they were actual copies of the game; the employees were reminding people not to save. The hosts let everyone into treasure dungeons with tough monsters and a punishing boss. After you played a (difficult) session, they gave you a ticket where you could obtain free blue Italian ices from an ice-cream truck. Of course, it wasn’t actual slime ice-cream, but it the closest Mr Softee (the local ice-cream truck company) could do.

 

I have some pictures but they’re not great because there were guards everywhere and I doubt I could have gotten good shots without being berated. There’s also the fact that all I had was a 5-year old cellphone.

 

There was an actual photography crew going around so I guess keep an eye out for the pictures. Also, the male host of Nintendo Week was going around interviewing people at the event.”

 

You can check out a couple more pictures of the event from Tommy below. While the NPD Group aren’t as forthcoming with numbers as Media-Create and Enterbrain are, perhaps we’ll find out how well Dragon Quest did overseas in Square Enix or Nintendo’s next financial reports.

 

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  • Joanna

    Tommy Lee, you are so lucky~
    It sounds like a lot of fun. Wish I there was a launch event near me, I’ve always wanted to go to one. :3

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tommy-Lee/518924335 Tommy Lee

      Yea, it was fun. This was the first time I’ve ever been to a launch event, so it was actually a bit overwhelming.

  • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

    i suddenly want some ice cream…

  • Ereek

    I want that slime t-shirt.

  • thaKingRocka

    Wow, I’m glad I decided to take a pass on the event. It was the day of the third place match in the Cup, and it conflicted, so I skipped out on it, expecting crazy numbers like this. I had called ahead of the event to ask if I could just run in and grab the game before the 1pm madness, and the guy told me I couldn’t. That made my decision much easier.

    I picked up the game the next day just before the final, and I’ve been enjoying it. I’m only a few hours in, but it’s good stuff. I’m kind of disappointed with the slowdown when running with a party of four, but it’s not enough to really detract. It just seems like a strangely amateurish blemish on a very polished title.

    • Aoshi00

      That’s why I missed it, I was watching both the 3rd place match and final that weekend. Though I wouldn’t have gone in the first place, I remember going to the event when Miyamoto was there, I stood there all morning and couldn’t get in anyway (it was the worst waiting experience because I didn’t bring my DS there that day, very stupid), saw him wave to the masses from 2nd floor though, and free pizza.. Viva Paul the Octopus (hm… octopus…)

      • raymk

        Man you guys should really get tvo or just find what you wan on the web like that. I always miss things like this to to work anyway so tvo is a dream come true for me.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tommy-Lee/518924335 Tommy Lee

        Well, I got lucky. I was standing behind a circle of people talking about games and I just joined in when I could. We spent the next 2 hours talking about games, anime, and an old Sci-Fi channel mini-series(Lost Room or something similar sounding).

        • Aoshi00

          You’re lucky man. I was chatting w/ some people too, but felt stupid for not bringing the DS to pass the time, I was late and too far back in the line though, I heard only about the first 200 people could get in if i remembered correctly. Come to think of it, that’s about 4 yrs ago when Miyamoto visited, I was working somewhere then, time flies :(… Anyway, thanks for the sharing your interesting experience!

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tommy-Lee/518924335 Tommy Lee

            First 200 into the store only? Wow… that’s a little stingy there. I did bring my DS, but the only time I took it out while on line is when we had to pretend for the photo crew that we were playing. I wasn’t even in the shot though. =( I felt stupid for not realizing that until after they took it.

            P.S. Was the Miyamoto event was for Nintendogs?

          • Aoshi00

            Yea, I thought they could’ve told us earlier if the first 200 was the quota. I guess they didn’t want Miyamoto to be eaten by rapid fanboys, and the line wrapping abound the block was good PR. So I only saw a glimpse of the man on 2nd floor behind the glass :(.. It was the Nintendogs launch I think, the original DS came out not too long ago then. You know these days I don’t have the urge to actually go meet the famous creators live anymore, because they are so many video interviews on the internet alrdy, so they don’t feel as elusive as before. Or maybe I’m just getting old and lazy lol..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tommy-Lee/518924335 Tommy Lee

    Gah! I made so many typos… I think. I know I made a couple glaring ones just from taking a glance at what I wrote.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Haha, my turn to fix your typos. :D

      (don’t worry about it ;) )

  • Aoshi00

    The King Slime is cute, I want that poster too.

  • http://www.younganimal.com/berserk Mr_Qoo

    I’m over 80 hours in on my US copy. I really enjoy the DQ series. =P Love the shirt and poster and I’m glad others were actually paying attention to the World Cup. =)

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Speaking of which…I finally got down to starting Monster Hunter proper. Just had my first run-in with the Lagiacrus. Scary, especially when you’re deep underwater and the encounter music starts to play…

      • http://www.younganimal.com/berserk Mr_Qoo

        Yeah! Glad you finally got to play more. Let me know if you ever get hooked up online with the Wii again. You can just shoot me an email and I’ll get on to drop some of your more difficult monsters with you. Oh, and I’m almost Level 99 in DQIX now!

        • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

          Yup, just need to buy a power extension so I can get my Wii online! I should be able to get on next week or so. I gotta say, I’m really liking the localization in MH3. You wouldn’t think it, but it’s one of those games that you’d potentially nominate for best localization awards. That french chef is hilarious.

          Wow, level 99…you’re really kicking DQIX’s ass!

          • http://www.younganimal.com/berserk Mr_Qoo

            Excellent! I’d advise getting online ASAP because you have to start your Hunter Ranking all over again. I wish I didn’t play for a week offline before going online. I got up to 5 Star or something solo and then had to do it all over again. -_-

  • Simon

    I want a signed poster too

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tommy-Lee/518924335 Tommy Lee

      My poster isn’t signed though. They were giving them away in the plaza area outside the store. Horii was signing the autographs on the second floor. Some people brought over other DQ merchandise to be signed though, including copies of the first Dragon Warrior.

      • Joanna

        wow. those must have been some dedicated fans :)
        Horii probably felt proud that his franchise is so beloved even if not as much as in Japan.

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