Dragon Quest IX Release Total Fiasco


The most eagerly awaited blockbuster RPG for some, Dragon Quest IX: Hoshizora no Mamoribito (Guardian of the Starry Skies), for the DS, was recently released, but instead of the usual rapturous reaction its release has turned into a major fiasco, with piracy, negative reactions and dubious characters all spoiling what was doubtless expected to be the biggest DS release for some time, though it is not clear whether sales are affected by this.

The first upset to strike the game, if we exclude some dubious rumours about major misconduct in the design team, was it being leaked to warez groups several days ahead of the official release, not an uncommon occurrence, but one which with a title of this magnitude filtered into the mass media and was a cause of some discontentment.

Dragon Quest games are known to include additional non-standard copy protection to thwart this sort of casual piracy (checks which stop people advancing at certain points in the game), but unfortunately for them their efforts were cracked within a day.

Then came a wave of critical Amazon reviews, with the store’s customer review system totally dominated by harshly critical voices:


A two and a half star average was topped off by virtually every single positive review being marked “unhelpful”, and the converse true of negative reviews.

Soon the 2ch reaction became apparent, and it was pitiful in comparison to the sort of hysterical reaction Final Fantasy incited, with only a few threads:



Many fans have also been rather sceptical of the addition of “Sandy”, a ganguro fairy, to the cast of characters. She was supposed to be a cheeky streetwise fairy speaking in the slang of the ganguro subculture, but she has instead been received as an egocentric annoyance…


There has been some positive attention directed towards the game (for example towards its character designer, which is apparently well suited to loli design), but this rather painful release seems to have completely overshadowed that, with reports all zeroing in on the juicy controversy rather than the game itself…

The enthusiasm of some fans was undampened, such as that of mystery dakimakura man here:


Those wishing to find out for themselves about the highs and lows of what will still probably become a major blockbuster of the sort Nintendo seems adept at releasing can order the game now.



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    Avatar of Renegade Angel
    Comment by Renegade Angel
    13:57 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They look nothing like Dragon Quest "heroes"
    But I still love them <3

    Comment by Meidoganekko
    13:55 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm here just to see that K-on DQ cosplay pic and the mysterious Sadoki dakimakura guy..

    Comment by Eamon
    16:16 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nice game promoting girls there...

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    Comment by Atma
    17:33 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The character creation in this game is great. I'm a huge sucker for creating and customizing my own people, and it's nice to see DQ giving me this chance once more. 3 is my favorite and this is looking like a runner-up at least already. It's quality, people.

    Comment by SaruDa
    15:13 14/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Strange lighting or patchwork cleavage?


    Comment by hALOTOO
    19:27 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The dakimakura guy win follow by Last pic,as for the game waiting for the english release and try it myself

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    Comment by Ulysses N. Owen
    17:48 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Getting 40/40 from Famitsu and selling over 2 Million copies in 2 days = Total Fiasco, so this is 1997-2007 all over again, Artefact.

    Just stop writing the most irritating and polemic headlines ever, then people will stop bugging you about it.

    Comment by sporkhead
    00:54 14/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    1up preview.

    Looking brilliant, I must say.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:01 14/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    looks like the same dragon quest shit to me

    this fucking boring franchise hasn't evolved in 23 years

    Comment by sporkhead
    07:01 14/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whatever you say, troll. I'll enjoy my
    quality RPG.

    I guess you laughed at Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, even though with it's lack of evolution it was quality.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:17 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Go ahead and play your games, I'll enjoy the awsome exclusives Playstation has.

    Oh, and if you don't like Artefact's bias attitude toward Sony, you can always go somewhere else. You're not obligated to view this site.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:03 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    >I'll enjoy the awsome exclusives Playstation has

    Oh lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 14/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What has that got to do with this article?

    All the consoles have exclusives, but if we're coming to handhelds, enjoy your dead platform (PSP), which is struggling to sell in the UK, for example (second biggest game's market, larger than Japan's).

    Comment by Mike
    09:28 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo has real exclusives, Xbox to a lesser degree, Sony? They are all third party and we know how exclusive those types of "exclusives" are.

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    Comment by Artefact

    No more console fanboyism - this article is concerned solely with the curious reaction to DQ9. There is a time and a place, and it will be in the next Vesperia article.

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    Comment by Renegade Angel
    13:54 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least come up with something funny anon.
    Can't wait for that article Artefact.

    Comment by Mike
    09:55 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe I am missing the mark with your dry sense of humour, but I chuckled at "next Vesperia article"

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    Comment by tasche
    13:39 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i sense an ip ban, what a noob. take it somewhere else.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Wow Artefact. You are a fuck...who dicks around with asses and makes an ass out of yourself, fucking dicks. And you suck also.

    Comment by f20k
    08:11 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm sure it must be a great game, however
    I, for one, cannot take any game seriously if the characters looked like that.

    Comment by Wolfz
    07:16 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    last pic, nice zoom

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:17 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not sure really, none of this will have contributed to the launch being a failure at all, for example GTA Chinatown Wars on DS was leaked before its launch and GTA IV, both big games, yet its launch was not effected.

    Reviews for Spore were low due to the DRM, yet you can't say the launch was a fiasco either.

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    Comment by Artefact

    The reaction is negative, the sales and game itself may be good.

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    Comment by Ulysses N. Owen
    23:24 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by sporkhead
    00:21 14/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of course, but it is difficult to tell whether the reviews are genuine or not, which, going by what happened with Spore, seems to not be the case. It wouldn't dampen the reaction at all in my opinion, Spore was well received despite all the unreliable reviews.

    Besides, after reading some of the reviews (translated on kotaku, I think) myself, they are utter rubbish, it is clear the game is a brilliantly polished game on the DS and a great entry to the series, yet people complain about cutscenes, cutscenes which are by far some of the best I've seen on the system for example, and after playing tens of DS games my expectations are high and it looks the part.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:08 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry, I think the true reporting of the DQIX launch will stay with kotaku, thankyouverymuch.


    Comment by the7k
    08:29 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    While I enjoy Kotaku, it has just as much an Anti-Sony bias as this site has a Pro-Sony bias.


    If you read the actual statements from Valve, they state that they are actively searching for PS3 developers. If you only read Kotaku, though, you'd be left with their closing statement:
    "Translated, what it really means is there is no one inside Valve with any interest in PS3 development, and the company on the whole isn't interested in outsourcing any more ports after the experience with The Orange Box on PS3, which suffered some bad load times and framerate issues."

    Yeah - they aren't pushing an agenda at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:26 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's nothing in comparison to Kotaku's daily anti-Nintendo bias. Every single time they have to do a report on a Nintendo game, they'll always add something negative.

    When it's a "hardcore" Nintendo DS game, they always try to make it sound like only kids play on the hand-held, and claim it could have been 100X better on the Sony PSP. They even want to compare the sales of the GTA: Chinatown Wars game that's going to be remade on the PSP with different graphics and controls. How is that even fair or possible to compare when it's pretty much considered as an entirely different game?

    When a "hardcore" game is being released on the Nintendo Wii, they always complain about the graphics and the online capabilities. Also they pretty much always point out the low "hardcore" sales on the Wii, even though the console was admittedly targeting casual players in the first place. Few months/years ago, they kept complaining there aren't any "hardcore" games coming to the Wii, but now there are some coming they're complaining that the games should have been on the x360 or the PS3 instead of the Wii. They can't have it both ways.

    Furthermore on the Wii, when there's an announcement of a port or a game being remade for it, they always childishly tack on a screenshot of the original game with a mosaic overlay, which created a blocky image to make fun of the Wii's graphics, even though it's an old PS2 game being remade which had lesser quality graphics in comparison. Sometimes they even pick the worst screenshot possible as the title image for their article from a new game as well.

    I'm not surprised if the entire staff there is running an anti-Japan campaign as well. Since they always make fun of Japanese and try to make everyone there sound like perverts. Especially when the Dream C Club game was announced for the x360 or Idolm@ster, realistically those games just caters to a certain demographic only. It even gets worse when they talk about erogames on their site. They really lash out against the Japanese when they make an article about those.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:06 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, while Kotaku don't post actual game reviews that often, I think they tend to be pretty balanced.
    Most of the bias flourishing on Kotaku stems from the comments anyway.

    Comment by DonPhelippe
    16:21 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thank God for Zero Punctuation, then, at least Yahtzee does it the funny way and (lo and behold) he always makes a serious argument before he crucifies a game :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:17 14/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Zero Punctuation? That's awful, he gets paid to "slag off" games and completely misses the point that a review shouldn't be so opinionated.

    But if you take the reviews with a pinch of salt, not too seriously and as a laugh it's good entertainment.

    The AVGN is more of nostalgia and to "educate", on the other hand.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:35 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Actually, while Kotaku don’t post actual game reviews that often, I think they tend to be pretty balanced.
    Most of the bias flourishing on Kotaku stems from the comments anyway."

    No, they're extremely biased, try to look at some Nintendo Wii articles by Luke Plunkett. You'll see his utter disdain towards the console, most of the time he'll add something negative about a game or the console when it's for the Wii. Sometimes he starts off praising a game if it's interesting to him, but he'll always attack the developer for choosing the Wii as the platform for the game. Even a large number of users have noticed this and commented about his bias regularly.

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    Comment by kamanashi
    11:43 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's why I like Kotaku. They hate everything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:35 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's a completely confusing statement to make concerning a site that's supposed to be producing reviews.

    By hating everything, then they're going to produce nothing but personal unrealistically biased articles, which creates more confusion and more trolls due to flame baiting comments by the childish writer. Not to mention you would be unsure if they're actually serious about their reviews because of their bias, since there's a possibility the game could be something more to your taste, but due to their own personal reasons they take it down with ridiculous comments that are completely false. Can you truthfully judge a game with that type of view? Realistically it's just creating nothing but confusion for you, since you could have liked the game a lot, but you decided not to purchase the game due to a biased review by Kotaku writers.

    Let's say you were planning to buy a game that you've been looking forward to for months/years, your friends have purchased it and loved it, and other review sites loved it. But you don't know if Kotaku hates the console or the developer for the game, and they are the only one who hated the game and even pointed out why they hate it, even though some of those points seems odd. Would you still buy the game or would you listen to Kotaku's biased opinions of the game?

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    Comment by ArcheR
    10:40 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah. I never followed Kotaku because of that. It was so obvious in just the first few articles I read.

    Sometimes I think Kotaku is just anti-everything. They can't let anything good get away without making a cruel joke at the console it's on (since EVERY console has its issues), or jab at the franchise (since apparently everything is overdone now), or just bitch about a tiny detail and blow it out of proportion.

    Kotaku can't seem to let anyone enjoy anything.

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    Comment by Artefact

    We're reporting on the (online) reaction to the launch. Nobody cares about about some silly conference hall drama.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:12 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    To be honest as a gamer, I don't care about the online reaction at all to the launch, all I care about are the reviews and sales figures (and not unreliable poorly scored Famitsu reviews at that)

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:25 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kotaku is garbage news, even worse than this weaboo news. Its for the white naruto kids. Please die.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:41 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hahaha, more funny trolling.

    Comment by Mike
    07:51 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have no idea what kotaku news is, why anon do you seem so familiar with it?

    Comment by Mike
    09:06 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes anon knows fail quite well...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:32 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon knows all fail. And Kotaku is no exception.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:22 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    It's a gaming news blog.

    It's decent and I don't know of any other sites that are so much better.

    Comment by Kortaku
    10:46 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    can anyone explain what kotaku is though? it has peaked my curiosity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:06 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do what you want 'cause a pirate is free,

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:00 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by alexcampos
    07:04 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some lucky bastard has that saki and Nodoka dakimakura.

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    23:28 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hes the real news article here!

    Comment by sick bastard
    14:13 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I won't bother reading the article.
    K-on girls and oppai pics are enough

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:39 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believe it is Alt+F4

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:40 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    [ctrl+w] works 2

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:58 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then you are wrong. Mozilla Firefox can be closed by "Ctrl + F4". Thx for your fail ^^

    Comment by Seth
    07:24 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea, me wants one too!!

    Comment by Storm Wing
    08:11 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Me three :3

    Comment by cancel
    20:19 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    me five?

    Comment by SenseiSyaoranLi
    22:01 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    this is ...... dement pervet

    Comment by King of Hentai Gods
    14:17 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    me 4

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:32 14/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    (wait for it, wait for it!)

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:17 14/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    no.. no sparta for you!! xP

    Comment by Peanutbutter003
    12:44 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's the writer of the official Saki anime blog.

    Saki has links with Square Enix so he's there to plug Saki as well.

    Source: Canned Dogs.

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