I really wish Nintendo would go back to their roots and make a simple controller. I was never a fan of the Wii Mote and the Wii U's @DS sized Gamepad makes my brain explode. I guess I'm an old fogey stuck in the past when it comes to controllers.
Follower_Of_Light.... You sound more like a Final Fantasy Fanboy if you ask me.
Seriously, Sqaure-Enix keeps spamming Final Fantasy 13 and Kingdom Hearts and paying little attention to Dragon Quest and like Ryu Mentioned NO attention AT ALL to the SaGa and Mana game. Also do I even need to bring out how neglected the Chrono Series is?
@Eel: Exactly! I suppose I'm stretching for reasonings behind why I don't think Dragon Quest IX is the Black Sheep. Yeah the huge grind fest is probably the biggest reasoning behind it but again the original Dragon Quest was also a huge grind fest.
I'd say Dragon Quest X despite it never being released here in the States, least yet anyway. Reason for this claim? Well it being an MMO is probably the biggest reason. Only way I could see DQ IX being the "Black Sheep" is simply how open world it can be after a little ways in, of course a lot of the earlier Dragon Quest games had a bit of an Open World feel to them after you reach a certain part of the game.
I've been replaying Chrono Trigger in the last week and enjoying it in addition to more RPG Making tinkerings. As for getting Ni No Kuni, and the PS3, perhaps later on this year I might do such with the price drops and who knows there might be a couple of more games I'll want to get (J-RPG wise anyway)
I actually like the older model that the 2DS sports personally mainly due to not having to worry about it snapping at some random point in time. I do hope for some more epic J-RPGs to be released on this generation handhelds and the next generation handhelds.
I find myself enjoying playing on the 3DS platform far more than I have the Xbox least in recent months what with a lot of games on "Teh Box" seem to tack on obligatory multiplayer mess. I doubt I personally will ever go PC gaming, one reason being I don't have a gaming rig nor do I have the funds to obtain one at this time.
Another fun fact about Spirited Away's English voice cast: The voice of the twin witches Yubaba and Zenbaba is none other than Suzanne Pleshette better known as Bob Newhart's Wife in the old Bob Newhart show and was also in Alfred Hitchcock's movie The Birds.
@DarkNokturnus: Yeah either Lightning or Sora or Cloud... I liked Final Fantasy XIII and all but some new Dragon Quest would be more than welcome as opposed to ANOTHER sequel and yet another Kingdom Hearts title.
Hey there and welcome to the Dragon's Den As for your question regarding Dragon Quest related merchandise, Play-Asia and eBay are probably your best bets. I'm not sure how difficult it is to learn Japanese though I've heard varrying stories