The Professor Layton series made its grand entrance on the Nintendo DS and quickly made a name for itself as one of the great franchises on the portable. Of course, the widespread sales success of the DS likely had a hand in propelling the series to popularity, so there was something of a mutually beneficial relationship between the series and the console. Interestingly enough, it seems that the success of the Layton games was so impactful that it had an effect on the Dragon Quest series' presence on the console.

Square Enix is putting on a special 30th anniversary countdown for the Dragon Quest series right now, and a recent piece on Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies revealed the origins of the decision to put it on the DS. Akihiro Hino – the CEO of Level-5 – spoke a bit about the game, revealing how he convinced Yuji Horii – the creator of Dragon Quest – to put the game on the DS. Horii was very hesitant to begin with, but Hino continued pressuring him to do it, mentioning how successful Layton had been and how widespread the console was. Eventually Horii caved and the rest is history.

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[via blog.esuteru.com, nintendoeverything.com]