Dragon Quest is the most popular RPG series in Japan. It's bigger than Final Fantasy! It is not, however, bigger than Final Fantasy in Australia.
So who's excited about Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies arriving on DS in Australia next month? August 19, to be precise.
It's been over four years since Dragon Quest VIII released in Australia. Curiously, the series has moved from PlayStation 2 to Nintendo DS, skipping the HD consoles entirely. That only proves how popular it is in Japan.
I've never played a Dragon Quest game, ever. From this ignorant prespective, DQIX looks just like Final Fantasy circa FF's VII through IX on PSone. Am I close?
Can someone explain the difference between Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy? And would I like DQIX if I a) liked FFVI but b) hated FFXIII?