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Each game in the main series of games it titled with the name 'Dragon Quest' followed by a roman numeral. Since 1986, which marked the release of the original ''[[Dragon Quest]]'', ''Dragon Quest'' has so far featured 11 games within the main series, as well as several spin off games. It has also featured two animated productions.
 
Each game in the main series of games it titled with the name 'Dragon Quest' followed by a roman numeral. Since 1986, which marked the release of the original ''[[Dragon Quest]]'', ''Dragon Quest'' has so far featured 11 games within the main series, as well as several spin off games. It has also featured two animated productions.
  
''Dragon Quest'' is often compared with the ''Final Fantasy'' series, created by SquareSoft. Although the ''Dragon Quest'' series started before ''[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Final_Fantasy_(series) Final Fantasy]'', it continues to release titles at a slower paces within the main series (11 versus 15 total games). The two competed for more or less the same market until the companies' merger in 2003, at which point ''Dragon Quest'' became the main financial pillar of the company amidst wavering popularity and unreliable sales of the ''Final Fantasy'' series.
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''Dragon Quest'' is often compared with the ''Final Fantasy'' series, created by SquareSoft. Although the ''Dragon Quest'' series started before ''[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Final_Fantasy_(series) Final Fantasy]'', it continues to lag behind in the number of games within the main series (11 versus 15 total games). The two competed for more or less the same market until the companies' merger in 2003, at which point ''Dragon Quest'' began to take a backseat to the more universally popular ''Final Fantasy''.
  
 
Installments of the series have appeared on MSX computers, Famicom/NES, Super Famicom/Super NES, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and Wii video game consoles, as well as on several models of mobile phone. As of April 2010, the ''Dragon Quest'' series has sold over [[Worldwide Dragon Quest Sales|53 million units worldwide]]. It is Square Enix's second most successful franchise after ''Final Fantasy'' and is one of the most popular video game franchises in Japan.
 
Installments of the series have appeared on MSX computers, Famicom/NES, Super Famicom/Super NES, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and Wii video game consoles, as well as on several models of mobile phone. As of April 2010, the ''Dragon Quest'' series has sold over [[Worldwide Dragon Quest Sales|53 million units worldwide]]. It is Square Enix's second most successful franchise after ''Final Fantasy'' and is one of the most popular video game franchises in Japan.
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Defeating enemy characters yields "[[Experience Points]]" (EXP). When a certain number of EXP has been accumulated, the character levels up and becomes stronger, improving in a number of areas represented by statistical values that affect their performance on the battlefield.  This system means that if a player finds any part of a ''Dragon Quest'' game too difficult, he can simply fight against weaker enemies until he becomes strong enough to have an easier time of it.
 
Defeating enemy characters yields "[[Experience Points]]" (EXP). When a certain number of EXP has been accumulated, the character levels up and becomes stronger, improving in a number of areas represented by statistical values that affect their performance on the battlefield.  This system means that if a player finds any part of a ''Dragon Quest'' game too difficult, he can simply fight against weaker enemies until he becomes strong enough to have an easier time of it.
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''Dragon Quest'' is, overall, a fairly lighthearted and humorous series that was likely not intended to be taken too seriously.
  
 
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