Dragon Quest IX has a multiplayer mode, it’s only local multiplayer, but hey it’s the first numeric Dragon Quest game you can play with friends.
In multiplayer mode each player controls their own avatar. Four characters run on the field and hunt slimes. When you get into battle the combat system is standard Dragon Quest. Each player punches in commands and battles play out.
Stray too far from the party and you might find yourself fighting a King Slime solo. Allies can join battles in progress just in case a tricky Dracky sneaks up on you while you’re pulling monsters.
Square Enix hasn’t announced Dragon Quest IX for North America yet, but if it comes here would you want to wait longer for online multiplayer over Nintendo Wi-Fi and a Phantasy Star 0 pictochat system?