Download Content for Dragon Quest IX DS

By Adam Riley 06.02.2009 16

Download Content for Dragon Quest IX DS on Nintendo gaming news, videos and discussion

There were rumours floating around that Square Enix's new Nintendo DS release 'Dragon Quest IX' would have download content. Now it has been confirmed. The hotly anticipated game, which launches in Japan next month, will have Wi-Fi features accessed via Roxanne, a girl seen in a green dress in recent screens. When players talk to her, they will then be able to connect to the Dragon Quest Shopping Network. Here there will be a selection of various items for sale, including those that other players have up for sale. Square Enix will be unleashing certain special items and events through the service at specific times as well.

On top of this, the company will be issuing brand new quests for download every week for at least the game's first year on sale! These will range from the likes of simple treasure hunts, to killing groups of monsters and even extra sub-stories to keep players glued to the game.

Box art for Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
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I was literally just reading the rumour, and then this popped up! Excellent news! Smilie

There seem to be an increasing amount of DS games with free dlc, which is definitely great.

( Edited 06.02.2009 10:42 by SuperLink )

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Sounds great, hopefully we'll get this feature too. Smilie

...makes me wonder though, this news of extra downloadables, could it only be for DSi owners? It's a safe bet that the Cartridge for DQ9 will be jam-packed; will there be any room left internally for stuff like this?

Unless they're already programmed into the game, á la Prof. Layton...in which case they'll be uncovered by an AR code very quickly!

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Sounds great! Love the idea of dlc like that, especially for free! Smilie

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This doesn\'t seem to be pointin\' at DLC to me. It might just be quests already put inside the cartridge that are unlocked by connecting to the internet. Much like the online challenges in Mario Kart Wii, which are already burned on the disc, but inaccessible until Nintendo unlocks them for a specified time period.

Allowing for DLC on the DS would require the game cart to have a very large rewritable memory space, which is VERY expensive. i\'d rather call it Online unlockable content over DLC.

Plus, the DSi was revealed too late in the development of draque 9 IMO for it to contain DSi exclusive features.

( Edited 06.02.2009 11:27 by Kafei2006 )

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Kafei2006 said:
This doesn't seem to be pointin' at DLC to me. It might just be quests already put inside the cartridge that are unlocked by connecting to the internet. Much like the online challenges in Mario Kart Wii, which are already burned on the disc, but inaccessible until Nintendo unlocks them for a specified time period.

To be fair, a lot of "so called dlc" for Wii and even 360 these days is stuff that is already on the game, merely unlocked, except sometimes you have to pay for it (Soulcalibur IV for example...)

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Agreed. It's just that the word "downloadable" is a bit strecthed from it's casual internet user meaning. cuz' it doesn't fit that kind of stuff too well. Tell this to the likes of namco and microsoft and they'll tell you that by communicting with a server (to unlock content), you send and receive data, and receiving data from the server IS to download...

Well i'll stop expressing my point of view on the topic now, i'm going in circles here Smilie.

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WOW, and yet again Square Enix is the first to offer "pay to play" content on a console. Wii's FFCC:MLAAK and this.

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Wolvesgod said:
WOW, and yet again Square Enix is the first to offer "pay to play" content on a console. Wii's FFCC:MLAAK and this.

Except this is free, I don't believe anyone is planning to make paid dlc for DS yet, except for DSiWare.

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Free DLC? Always nice! This game just couldn't get any better!

Well, they don't really elaborate on the nature of the content. I'd guess that it really is downloadable, but that you can only download one quest at a time - i.e. you have to delete the last one you downloaded to make room for the new one. But that is just a guess.

Jacob4000 said:
Well, they don\'t really elaborate on the nature of the content. I\'d guess that it really is downloadable, but that you can only download one quest at a time - i.e. you have to delete the last one you downloaded to make room for the new one. But that is just a guess.

That\'s not the case for Layton or Pokémon Ranger 2, but who knows! It would be a shame to miss out on earlier quests for those that didn\'t buy it on launch, but it would also be a good business strategy for getting the biggest launch sales.

( Edited 06.02.2009 21:18 by SuperLink )

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Will this only be a DSi feature, or will there be a whole bunch of blank space on the cart for the downloads?


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SuperLink said:
Wolvesgod said:
WOW, and yet again Square Enix is the first to offer "pay to play" content on a console. Wii's FFCC:MLAAK and this.

Except this is free, I don't believe anyone is planning to make paid dlc for DS yet, except for DSiWare.

O sorry i guess i missed up what i wanted to say was,
"First to offer "pay to play" like content"

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Hmmm The DSi would come in handy here, that would be excellent if nintendo wanted to start to improve their online features, now that the DSi can have bigger mem,things could really end up well!

More DS games should have DLC like Xbox live and PSN make so much money through DLC (well the game company does and Microsoft/Sony get some).

Good news though.

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