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  • Summary: [DSiWare] DRAGON QUEST WARS is a grid-based strategy game featuring all of your favorite quirky DRAGON QUEST monsters. Choose from several modes and get ready for battle. While the rules are simple, strategy is the key to victory. The game features single-player and DS Wireless Play, as[DSiWare] DRAGON QUEST WARS is a grid-based strategy game featuring all of your favorite quirky DRAGON QUEST monsters. Choose from several modes and get ready for battle. While the rules are simple, strategy is the key to victory. The game features single-player and DS Wireless Play, as well as battles with foes worldwide via Nintendo┬« Wi-Fi Connection. (Broadband Internet access is required for online play.) [Square Enix] Expand
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
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  1. Dragon Quest Wars is like chess, simple in theory, but hard to master....For just 500 Nintendo Points, is one of the most solid experiences in the virtual platform.
  2. 85
    With a simple concept, Dragon Quest Wars is a surprisingly deep turn-based strategy game, specially taking into account the prejudices about digital content.
  3. 85
    Dragon Quest Wars may not offer the kind of epically lengthy role-playing experience that most gamers would commonly associate with its brand, but what it does offer is superb.
  4. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    82
    A smart, addictive strategy offering that's among DSiWare's very finest games. [Christmas 2009, p.102]
  5. If you can somehow curb your expectations of Dragon Quest Wars being a typical Dragon Quest-style RPG experience and accept it for the simple, yet enjoyable strategy title it is, then you're likely to find a very fulfilling and playable DSiWare title that will provide you with many hours of fun.
  6. Dragon Quest Wars is yet another great game ser on purpose for the DSiWare service. It's basically an strategic RPG based on the popular figures of the franchise, with cute graphics and a very interesting gameplay style. A very interesting offer if you like the genre.
  7. Easy and quick, perfect for the multiplayer experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Oct 22, 2020
    8
    A fun turn based strategy game for the DS. The inclusion of 2-4 system local play, 1 system pass and play, and internet play help theA fun turn based strategy game for the DS. The inclusion of 2-4 system local play, 1 system pass and play, and internet play help the experience. Although, I wish there was more single player content, as the 10 training levels will only last you around an hour, and the only single player content besides that is to play against CPUs. Definitely recommend picking up on the eshop if you are into dragon quest or strategy games like Fire Emblem or WarGroove.
    I would love to see this series make a return on modern consoles/PC. I think an online ranking mode, would help replay-ability, and the ability to have a 2v2 team mode for playing cooperatively with friends would also be fun.
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  2. AaronB.
    Oct 2, 2009
    8
    Great strategy game based on the Dragon Quest series. It even has online multiplayer so it's a great value for $5.
  3. Apr 9, 2015
    1
    it's shocking to see such a bad strategy game coming from Intelligent systems, this would work as a tabletop game, but as a $5 DSi game, itit's shocking to see such a bad strategy game coming from Intelligent systems, this would work as a tabletop game, but as a $5 DSi game, it doesn't.
    nowadays it only supports local multiplayer and the single player mode is basically just a tutorial so you can use your skills online... which is gone.

    some unbalances in matches make me wonder if this was even tested much before release, there's clearly some stuff that wasn't.

    one of the biggest downers is that, while Dragon quest has a massive roster of monsters to choose from, Intelligent systems decided to only use FIVE of them in the game
    they expected this to become some kind of modern chess but the strategies it allows are too shallow for something like that

    as a die hard fan of dragon quest, I definitely don't recommend this game
    instead save those 5 dollars for Dragon quest heroes or a possible future release of the 3ds games
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#52 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
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#71 Most Shared DS Game of 2009