Dragon Quest Monsters 2
|Dragon Warrior Monsters 2|
North American box art
|Series||Dragon Quest Monsters|
|Platform(s)||Game Boy Color|
|Release date(s)|| JP March 9, 2001|
NA September 15, 2001
|Genre(s)||Console role-playing game|
|Rating(s)|| ESRB: E|
In a similar fashion to the Pokemon series of games, Dragon Quest Monsters 2 was released in two versions, called Dragon Warrior Monsters 2: Cobi's Journey and Dragon Warrior Monsters 2: Tara's Adventure in the North American localization. In addition to minor aesthetic differences, each version offers a handful of creatures that cannot be obtained in the other version of the game, necessitating monster trading, and also features a different protagonist depending on the game.
The Nintendo 3DS version of both games were remade in 2014, called Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Marvelous Mysterious Key and released only in Japan.
Cobi and Tara are siblings. Their family came to the kingdom of GreatLog to make a living as monster breeders. Shortly after they arrive, their mother tells them to pick up a Nut Pie from the town Vault. As they are heading towards the Vault, they run into Prince Kameha and his companion Warubou, who are known for making trouble for the townspeople. Unfortunately, after the siblings get the pie, it is taken by the Prince and Warabou. Cobi and Tara follow them to the inside of the tree underneath the kingdom, where the two are arguing about who should get the goods. Cobi and Tara try to get the pie back but, in the process, knock a big plug out of a hole. The Prince leaves frantically and Warabou uses himself to plug up the hole. He tells Cobi and Tara that the plug allows the island of GreatLog to stay afloat and without it, it will sink. He tells them to get a monster master and ask for his or her assistance. But when they cannot find anyone who will believe or help them, Warabou says that they will have to do it.
A quest to save the kingdom has now begun.....
In contrast to the first game's use of a series of rooms holding Gates to the Monster Realm, Cobi and Tara's Quest sets them off to complete realms. Maps are more vast, and carry towns and places of interest. Additional gates are now found in the form of keys that can be obtained through a number of means such as simple exploring, winning in the Arena, and through Link Cable trading. The number of keys is near unlimited, and carry a range of monsters, weak and strong. Each new realm often has a small town with an Inn, Shop, and Priest, as well as wandering Masters.
On release, Famitsu magazine scored the game a 34 out of 40. According to Famitsu, Dragon Quest Monsters 2 has sold 1,592,728 copies in Japan. Like Dragon Quest Monsters before it, this game was immediately compared to Pokémon, a series with similar monster-catching gameplay. However, critics established it as more than just a mere "Pokémon clone".
The PlayStation compilation Dragon Quest Monsters 1 + 2 received a 33 out of 40 by Famitsu magazine. The game was the 38th best-selling game of 2002 with 292,275 copies.
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