DQVC is the name of the online content service available through the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in Dragon Quest IX from July 11, 2009 to May 20, 2014. The service not only carried items which can be purchased in a store-like setting, but also extra quests and treasure maps. Much of the content is not available through normal gameplay. To use the service the player must have advanced far enough in the story that the NPC Sellma appears in Quester's Rest in Stornway.
Note that the DQVC is 1 of the 3 methods for accessing online or multiplayer content in Dragon Quest IX. The other 2 methods are the multiplayer mode and Tag Mode.
DQVC was available shortly after the release of Dragon Quest IX. Since its release, the content has been updated on a regular basis. Initially after release, new quests were periodically released using the service. Since September 2011, connecting to the DQVC will download all unavailable bonus quests to the player's game cart. This was done after the game had been on the market for over a year, and all promotional events were over and all of the online quests had been fully released.
There was an interruption of the DQVC service in North America between June 8, 2012 and June 26, 2012. Then in June 2013, the DQVC was shut down without prior notification by Square Enix. This led to a fan outcry, which resulted in the service being turned back on again in August of 2013. On May 20, 2014, Nintendo ended the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service, and thus the DQVC, due to the ending lifespan of the original DS and DSi.
Availability within Dragon Quest IX
Connecting to DQVC
Selma will ask the player if he/she wants to connect to DQVC to update the content. An update would have been required to start the service, but thereafter the player may choose to shop DQVC without an update. If the DQVC is not updated, then the items for sale will be the same as what was available from the last update, less any that were purchased by the player or any visitors.
Weekly Sales and Fayres
New items and quests were available every day at 8:00 AM GMT; any previous quests that was not downloaded would have been downloaded as well. The items for sale are generally different for each player, but generally will follow a weekly theme, as shown in the table below.
The theme of the daily items changes on a weekly basis; while some items are available only with a certain theme (e.g. during a "Seduction Sale" week, the shop will stock feminine-themed cosplay items such as the dangerous bustier, jaguarment, and maid outfit), items such as medicinal herbs, Alchemy ingredients, and birthday cakes can show up at almost any time.
|Week Number||Selma's Description||Goods For Sale||Duration (Days)||Start Date, Round 1||Start Date, Round 2||Start Date, Round 3|
|04||Slime Sale||gooey gear, slood||7||2010-08-06||2011-08-05||2012-08-03|
|05||Seven Days of Scary Sale||muscle belt, terrible tattoo, wing of bat, royal soil||7||2010-08-13||2011-08-12||2012-08-10|
|06||Alchaid 2||Ice crystal, Coagulant, Lava lump, Mirrorstone, Narspicious, Tangleweb||7||2010-08-20||2011-08-19||2012-08-17|
|07||Seduction Sale||dangerous bustier||7||2010-08-27||2011-08-26||2012-08-24|
|10||Dragon-Quest-III-themed Trade Fayre||7||2010-09-17||2011-09-16||2012-09-14|
|11||Autumn Fayre||red afro||7||2010-09-24||2011-09-23||2012-09-21|
|13||Thirst for the Cursed||skull ring, evencloth, etc.||7||2010-10-08||2011-10-07||2012-10-05|
|16||Halloween Fayre (Week 2)||7||2010-10-29||2011-10-28||2012-10-26|
|18||Rare Weapon Fayre||7||2010-11-12||2011-11-11||2012-11-09|
|19||Metal Slime Gear Sale||metal slime spear, metal slime sword, metal slime armour, metal slime helm, metal slime shield, metal slime gauntlets, metal slime boots||7||2010-11-19||2011-11-18||2012-11-16|
|21||Store Companions' Collection||7||2010-12-03||2011-12-02||2012-11-30|
|22||Store Winter Fayre||7||2010-12-10||2011-12-09||2012-12-07|
|23||Store Winter Fayre (Week 2)||7||2010-12-17||2011-12-16|
|24||Store Handwear Fayre||7||2010-12-24||2011-12-23|
|25||New Year's Sale||7||2010-12-31||2011-12-30|
|26||Second Chance Sale||7||2011-01-07||2012-01-06|
|28||High Seas Sale||7||2011-01-21||2012-01-20|
|31||Valentine's Fayre||choice chocolate, block o'choc||7||2011-02-11||2012-02-10|
|33||Armsageddon (Week 2)||7||2011-02-25||2012-02-24|
|34||Companions' Collection 2||7||2011-03-04||2012-03-02|
|35||Unbeatable Armour Extravaganza||7||2011-03-11||2012-03-09|
|36||Guest Guys' Gear Week||7||2011-03-18||2012-03-16|
|37||Guest Gals' Gear Week||7||2011-03-25||2012-03-23|
|39||Heroes of History||alefgard helm, alefgard armour, midenhall garb,||7||2011-04-08||2012-04-06|
|40||Guest Guys' Gear Week 2||7||2011-04-15||2012-04-13|
|41||Guest Gals' Gear Week 2||7||2011-04-22||2012-04-20|
|42||Heroes of History 2||zenithian leggings, zenithian leotard, zenithian helm, zenithian gauntlet, gothan gumboots, gothan turban, somnia boots, somnia shorts, somnia gloves, somnia hair||7||2011-04-29||2012-04-27|
|43||Second Chance Exclusives||7||2011-05-06||2012-05-04|
|44||Alchaid Week 4||7||2011-05-13||2012-05-11|
|45||Heroes of History 3||estard shoes, estard clothes, trodain bandana, trodain trousers, trodain boots||7||2011-05-20||2012-05-18|
|46||Guest Guys' Gear Week 3||7||2011-05-27||2012-05-25|
|47||Bridal Fayre||wedding dress, wedding veil, wedding ring, white wing tips, white tuxedo||7||2011-06-03||2012-06-01|
|48||7||2011-06-10||DQVC Not Available|
|49||7||2011-06-17||DQVC Not Available|
|50||Everything Rust Go Sale||rusty sword, rusty shield, rusty helm, rusty armour, rusty gauntlets||7 (3)||2011-06-24||2012-06-26|
|51||Orbsome||red orb, yellow orb, green orb, blue orb, purple orb, silver orb||7||2011-07-01||2012-06-29|
|52||Second Chance Exclusives 2||7||2011-07-08||2012-07-06|
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