Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  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
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. If you can forgive the occasional slip of the stylus, though, Wars’ easy-does-it approach makes the game a good way for enthusiasts to share the charms of turn-based combat with novice.
  5. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    A smart, addictive strategy offering that's among DSiWare's very finest games. [Christmas 2009, p.102]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Easy and quick, perfect for the multiplayer experience.

Awards & Rankings

#66 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
#71 Most Shared DS Game of 2009
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 6 out of 14
  1. Apr 9, 2015
    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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  2. AaronB.
    Oct 2, 2009
    Great strategy game based on the Dragon Quest series. It even has online multiplayer so it's a great value for $5.