Japanese-style RPGs have never been able to capture my attention for very long. All those random battles just get to be tedious and the games themselves are kind of boring. “Oh look, another town. Now I have to walk into every friggin’ house and talk to every friggin’ person. Why is this dude dressed like a girl.” I wish they’d just stop making Final Fantasy games because that whole formula doesn’t work for me at all!

I’m not sure when I was able to find the time to do this, but I played Dragon Quest 8 on the PS2 a few years ago from the very beginning all the way through to the very end – and it was totally fun!

So I’m kind of looking forward to Dragon Quest 9, even though it’s appearing exclusively on the DS. Watch the official trailer (Japanese).

Whenever a new Dragon Quest title comes out in Japan, the whole country goes into a kind of frenzy. 2.34 million copies were sold in the first two days alone. That’s breaks a sales record held by…dun dun dun…Dragon Quest 8.

DQ9 comes to America this fall.

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