Dragon Quest’s a prime example of a game series that’s a blockbuster phenomenon in Japan, but is hardly known here. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, the newest entry in the RPG series, comes out this Sunday for the Nintendo DS and the series creator Yuji Horii will be appearing at the Nintendo Store this weekend to meet fans.
The nearly thirty-year-old franchise sells millions of units every time out in Japan but has rarely been more than a cult obsession in the US. The series’ mascots–lovable, low-level enemies called Slimes–are super-recgonizable and have even gotten their own spinoff games. I had a chance to interview Horii today and will be posting notes from our talk next week. I can say that he’s a humble, engaging guy, though. Any New York area DQ fans should stop by the Nintendo World store in Rockerfeller Center and meet the guy.