Dragon Quest Wars

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Dragon Quest Wars (ドラゴンクエスト ウォーズ Doragon Kuesuto Wōzu?) is a turn-based strategy video game that is part of the Dragon Quest series. This video game has been developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Square Enix for the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo 3DS's DSiWare download service. It featured the monsters that are appearing in the series and it supports up to four player multiplayer, both local and online. The video game has been announced on May 18, 2009, and was developed by Intelligent Systems, the Nintendo second-party studio responsible for titles such as Fire Emblem. The video game has been released on June 24, 2009 in Japan, September 28, 2009 in North America and on October 9, 2009 in PAL regions.

Development[edit]

On April 2009, there was a trademark filed by Square Enix. The video game was developed by Intelligent Systems as part of a collaboration between Nintendo and Square Enix for Intelligent Systems to design six video games for Square Enix on the DSiWare service. The video game Dragon Was has been supervised by Yūji Horii like any other Dragon Quest video game that has been released. Akira Toriyama was as usual the art designer of the video game and Koichi Sugiyama was the composer. Producer Taichi Inuzuka states that has long been his hope to create simulation with Dragon Quest. The developers wanted to create a game to convey the fun of simulation titles for Nintendo which includes Wars and Fire Emblem two popular games that has been released by Nintendo.

Gameplay[edit]

The Dragon Quest Wars video games allows each player battle one another with four monster units. In total four players can battle each other on a four-sided battlefield made up a square. The battles in the game are limited to five to ten turns which players move their units by touching and dragging them using the DS stylus. Giving commands to your units is issues also by touching and dragging them onto a unit from the bottom of the screen which there are up to four commands in colour: Red (physical attacks), Green (recovery), Blue (defence), and Yellow (magic). Each monster from each four players unit has between one and three hearts which these hearts deplete as monsters are attacked. When the hearts will reach 0, the monster walks off the field. Also a player can win a battle either when all of his enemy units has been defeated or if their units crosses into an enemy's base. The Dragon Quest Wars also features "survival matches", which require the player to set all of their moves within a time limit before the battle begins.

Playable characters[edit]

The video game has six playable units which are the recurring monsters in the Dragon Quest video game series:

Reception[edit]

The Dragon Quest Wars game was nominated for "Game of the Year" by Nintendo Power, as well as "DSiWare Game of the Year". Wiiloveit.com offered this game a high recommendation with a 24/30 which the website praised its game "surprising amount of strategy", as well as the "robust" online mode which "brought the title to life".