Nintendo of Australia will publish Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies this coming [southern] winter in Australia, having teamed up with developer Square-Enix.
On the Nintendo DS platform the Dragon Quest series has always been ultra popular in Japan. To the point where it just isn't right to own a DS and not have some version of the game.
Dragon Quest IX features customisable characters, turn based battle encounters that are generally NOT random and an alchemy system for weapons armour and other items.
Searching for the Goddess Fruit, characters will traverse between the Kingdom of Angels and the human world in a quest to save both.
Dragon Quest IX is the first DQ iteration to concentrate more on the action battle sequences than those before it. The game also features wider use of multiplayer technology, getting friends to help out in battles being the aim. The idea behind these subtle changes in the series is to attract a wider overseas audience .