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Moroboshi876

I unearth this thread because I wanted to know if (well, where) there is merchandising of the series with affordable prices on the internet. I mean specific stores, because in eBay you can find something every now and then, but I'm having difficulty finding figures of characters.

I was in Japan in 2016, the 30th anniversary of the series, and I found plushes and monsters, most of all. But I'd rather buy figurines of the human characters.

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Yorumi

For as much DQ as I’ve played I have to agree it’s really nothing beyond mediocre. I actually find most of FF and DQ to be mediocre though they have their gems. DQ 4 is pretty good as it tells a bit of a different story, and 7 isn’t terrible but it gets bogged down in its length.

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Most of my experience with Dragon Quest were Monsters 2 and Rocket Slime.

Honestly 2 of the most underappreciated games I've played. Especially Rocket Slime.

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NotAceAttorney

Dragon Quest seems like a hard sell. Japan still loves it to death. It's hard to pinpoint the exact reason. Could be Akira Toriyama's involvement, but that's old news.

Dragon Quest is a lot like Pokemon. If you enjoy that basic and simplistic structure, you'll love every game. They're all very similar in design. The series will probably never evolve. It's the complete opposite of Final Fantasy, which is desperate to remain trendy.

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NotAceAttorney wrote:

Dragon Quest seems like a hard sell. Japan still loves it to death. It's hard to pinpoint the exact reason. Could be Akira Toriyama's involvement, but that's old news.

My best guess is that japan tends to latch onto things more strongly and in greater number(proportionally) than we do in the west. Japan is a society largely about conformity, so if something becomes popular once it's likely going to stay popular for a while. The 4 nes games did evolve quite a lot so I think that secured it's popularity. Conformity contributed as others wanted to be part of the crowd, and now it's an institution that you're just expected to buy when it releases.

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dharmajones93

I started out liking FF. Something about the art and direction in DQ/W turned me off. I got the original NES cart for a couple bucks a few years back and was hooked. The simplicity and the colorful world were refreshing. FF can be a bit dark and heavy at times, even the comedy is morose in FF sometimes.

I now much prefer the DQ games to the comparable FF (1-6 of each series really, as after 7 you see both shift pretty dramatically with the console generations). I'd agree with some others' sentiments here, DQ IV is probably the best place to start.

On the topic of the newer conversation, I am holding out that when the DQ 11 release date drops we'll also see an Amiibo. Might not be human characters, but at least a Slime would be pretty great. Heck, Japan got a DQ 11 2DS!

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Krull

@dharmajones93 I think this is the same as many others' experience. I also started out with FF, and still appreciate it, but however much each entry varies from the next, one thing stays consistent with the series, and that is the target audience. Final Fantasy is very much aimed at an adolescent market and, while I can still enjoy them, I feel we have drifted apart over the years.

Dragon Quest, on the other hand, is more of a family adventure. It can still tell a decent story and deal with emotional themes, but it doesn't feel the need to add teen angst and doom along the way.

Basically, I'd happily buy a ticket for a Pixar movie, but I'm not likely to go see Divergent (or insert successful teen movie franchise here).

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Krull wrote:

Basically, I'd happily buy a ticket for a Pixar movie, but I'm not likely to go see Divergent (or insert successful teen movie franchise here).

Yes, exactly!

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dharmajones93 wrote:

Krull wrote:

Basically, I'd happily buy a ticket for a Pixar movie, but I'm not likely to go see Divergent (or insert successful teen movie franchise here).

Yes, exactly!

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Moroboshi876

It's good news. A little pricey, though, considering they have to be mobile ports. And the shipping costs. But having no preorder bonus, I'll wait and maybe a Western official release will take place. Who knows.

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RedderRugfish

Kind of a hard sell unless you're a die hard fan and really want these games on Switch. 1 and 2 are good games and very important for the JRPG genre as a whole, but they're probably the last DQ games I'd recommend to somebody. 3 is pretty good, but $40 for it is steep.

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Moroboshi876

Well, I think we die hard fans of Dragon Quest are many!

I beat these games a while ago on Android, but having them on Switch and physically is something I'd like.

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Ryu_Niiyama

I may get these physical just because I'm seriously out of sd card space. I'd originally planned on getting them digital but its cheaper to buy them physical than get a larger sd card.

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