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Dragon Quest, published as Dragon Warrior in North America until 2005, is a series of internationally best-selling console role-playing video game titles originally published by Enix, now Square Enix. The first title was published in 1986; there are currently nine main-series titles and numerous spin-off games. The series has had a significant impact on the development of console RPGs, and introduced a number of features to the genre. The basic premise of most Dragon Quest titles is to play a Hero who, usually with a group of party members, is out to save the land from peril at the hands of an evil enemy. Common elements persist throughout the series and its spin-off titles: turn-based combat; recurring monsters, including the Slime, which has become the series' mascot; until recently, a text-based menu systems; and, until recently, random encounters
Elements from Dragon Quest have made several cameo appearances in the Final Fantasy series.
Among the swords collected by the interdimensional traveler Gilgamesh, is a replica of Erdrick's Sword, here called the Wyrmhero Blade. It is called Tolo's Sword in the Japanese version, a pun on Erdrick's Japanese name Loto. The player can get the Wyrmhero Blade by selling Lu Shang’s Badge, Godslayer's Badge and the Omega Badge to the bazaar.
In this game, several similarities can be noticed.
- Like many Dragon Quest games, there are day and night versions for the towns. Several events can only be triggered in one of those.
- Instead of using the traditional Final Fantasy item storage, the game uses one that is more similar to the Dragon Quest series, where every character has a limited item storage. What's different is that in Dragon Quest, there's also a main item storage menu that cannot be accessed during battles.
- The Psyched Up feature might be a reference to the Psyche Up skill, which temporarily increases the character's tension to make them stronger, that exists in several Dragon Quest games.
- Although Flans are recurring monsters in the Final Fantasy series, the Metal Flans in this game are a reference to Dragon Quest's Metal Slimes. Just like the Metal Slimes, these Metal Flans have very high physical defense, they are rare to find, and they give a lot of EXP.
This game from the Itadaki Street series makes the first officially overt crossover between the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series.
Cid appears in the Dragon Quest series for the first time ever as the inventor Ducktor Cid (a platypunk, one of the recurring monsters). Additionally, there is a Slime character called the "Crystal Chronicler," a reference to Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles.
This second Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street game features additional character crossovers.
- A demo disc of Final Fantasy XII was included with the North American version of Dragon Quest VIII.
- Despite the merging of Square and Enix, there has been almost no development team crossovers between Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. The only team crossover has been with Final Fantasy XIV, as the game's director Naoki Yoshida was previously the director of the Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road spin-off series.