Nintendo Still Promoting Dragon Quest IX…Now To Women

By Ishaan . October 31, 2010 . 3:01pm

Another interesting little tidbit from the world of Dragon Quest IX — apparently, Nintendo are still promoting the game in full force in North America. This past week, they held a girls-only Halloween slumber party where the young ladies in attendance got to try the game out.


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Dragon Quest IX’s customization options are thought to be one of the reasons for the game’s female appeal, according to its creators. Earlier in the year, Nintendo held a Tag Mode tour for the game across a variety of locations, including Best Buy and Gamestop stores, and various shopping malls across the U.S.


Similar Tag Mode events were also held in Europe, which have been generally successful.

  • kylehyde

    Is good to know that nintedo is puttig efforts with this awesome game, I hope that they put the same degree of effort with GS3 promotion.

  • Code

    Honestly I think customization appeals to everybody, when it comes to this sort of thing. Although not saying I wouldn’t want a DQ with some well designed/ well developed characters, but where this one focuses on letting you imprint on your characters, customization is the obvious route and benefit. I’m STILL waiting for the day when Pokemon let’s you have your own custom trainer omo;

    • Guest

      You’ll be waiting forever because Pokemon has barely evolved in years. Don’t see what the deal is with those games

    • Pokemon Battle Revolution had some pretty extensive trainer customization options, pokeball sticker on the cheek FTW.

      • Joanna

        Yeah but battle revolution was just a glorified battle arena, there wasn’t any story mode and you had to import your pokemon to even have fun with the game since there were only very specific pokemon to rent. Previous pokemon stadium games allowed you to rent any mon and had story modes.

        So I agree with Code here, it would be much more interesting if they took the customization found in Battle Revolution and incorporated into a core Pokemon game.

  • epy

    So I’m guessing that since they’re emphatizing the character customization so much, and it has had some sucess, DQX is going to take the same route. I may be the “get off my lawn” cranky old man about this, but I rather have well defined characters with their own place in the story than a party full of random nobodies. I mean, I liked DQIII a lot, but I liked the later DQs better in this aspect.

    • ZomaNeko

      I honestly like both both styles. I find that DQIII and DQIX have more replayablility for me, just because I can always customize my party differently (Actually I just bought my second copy of DQIX yesterday and started playing it today :D. This is technically my third file however since I played a lot of the japanese version). Yet I do really love having a set team of heroes (DQVI has the most colorful cast in my opinion). I think DQIX kind of has proven that a DQ MMORPG could work which is something that I would like to see. For DQX I’d prefer to see a both of best worlds, like maybe you can customize your hero to an extent (Doesn’t have to be as much as you can for DQIX), but you also have defined characters that join your party. Either way this series’ main games have not disappointed me, and I really look forward to playing the next one :D

  • Ereek

    Hmm, interesting. I think it appeals to women. When I went to those first meetups (Gamestop and BestBuy) at least 1/3 of the people there were women.

    Little girls, well, I’m not so sure. Out of the 80 tags, 2 or 3 of them were from children. Everyone else was above 20 there.

    I think more than anything, if I was young, what would appeal to me would be the cute monsters. Dragon Quest has some adorable enemies.

    • Avojavo

      All my friends who play MMOs hate how I call this, but I call customizing the appearance of a character as “playing barbie”. I’m guessing I’m not the only one who thought girls would like the opportunity to dress a character up however they wished.

      In some fashion deep down I think all of us gamers like to play barbie too.

      • speedstersonic

        Lol, it’s so true XD

  • I wish they would bring Dragon Quest Monsters DS Sequel over…

    • jj984jj

      I wish they would make another Slime Mori Mori/Rocket Slime game and bring that over….

      • Joanna

        Loved Rocket Slime to death~ Even my younger brother, who doesn’t like RPGs in any form, loved Rocket Slime.

  • ragnarok989

    Slumber party for young girls for play games…way to be total pedophiles, Nintendo

    • Some bear I know would like to be there…

  • gatotsu911

    Hey parents!! Would you send YOUR young daughters to a Nintendo slumber party??

  • DeisticBrace

    Those aren’t women.

  • Having been a US fan of what has amounted to The Most Popular Obscure Niche Title In The World for over half my life, I’m just happy they’re putting this much promotional muscle behind DQIX.

    Now, once again: can I have DQVI please? I’ve been a good boy…

    • Yeah, Nintendo are continuously promoting DQIX and in effect raising awareness of a such a great game and the Dragon Quest franchise as a whole.It’s awesome that NOA is creating a base for the DQ series in the US.They effectively promoted DQ around it’s release date and not only that, have kept on promoting it which also benefits word of mouth for this game.And after all that, NOA will be able to maintain the base that they created, with the release of Dragon Quest X(absolutely can’t wait until its released) on the Nintendo Wii.Also, as for when Dragon Quest X will be released, my guess is holiday 2011 or spring 2012. It’s also possible that because of how successful DQIX was, DQX may end up having a worldwide release similar to how Metroid: Other M was released in the US, Japan, Australia, and Europe within just a few a days apart.

  • Joanna

    I can’t argue with that. I’ve always liked customization. I love to play as a female and make up my own adventure (i.e. – imagine my characters response). That’s probably why I loved DQIII and IX as well as the EO and Pokemon. However, I think it’s wrong to make gendered correlations since women are very different and it’s really hard to pin point anything that can be applied to the vast majority of us. It’s like saying, game X did well with males because it was violent. Sure, maybe there is some truth to that, but equating violence as something that will bring in all male gamers is wrong. Men are different and each has different taste. This site is proof of that too.I do like more set characters too…so I wouldn’t mind if they took out the customization if they at least left the option to choose your gender like in IV. Most hero types – their personality- are pretty unisex, so characterization does not negate gender choice. And since space is becoming less of an issue, changing any gendered pronouns or love confessions, should not be a problem. Although, I do concede that for some games this would not work (FFX). However, there are multiple games where adding gender choice would be as easy as adding another sprite and portrait since NPCs never call you anything but the name you input (FFTA). Anyways, it’s great that Nintendo is still promoting this and getting more people interested.

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