Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
|Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies|
After the stellar eighth game, Level-5 once again brought us a satisfyingly complete handheld Dragon Quest. Yet, they failed to shake the gameplay formula from the usual turn-based RPG, after massive fan backlash.
Stored on 3D models, these seem to be graphics meant for testing transparency and fade-outs on 3D animations, judging on their name ("3dalphatest" and "xfade").
By using Action Replay codes (12000EC8 00001001 + 12000EF0 00001000 for the European version), you can access a debug menu on start-up. It has an option for accessing a debug room that was removed from overseas versions (but with the name NineWH for the character name) and an NPC/Enemy viewer (see here for more), with some non-functional save data management options.
It uses the Japanese title graphics, with the sword-shaped T letter. There is also a 2008 copyright, which may be due to the fact that the game was originally developed as an action-RPG before getting completely reworked as a turn-based game.
Using a save editor, you can get two unused items. Their names are translated for EU languages.
- Mimic Rock
- Rock of Sales Talk (?)
There are also some unused equipment which have their names blanked out.
Are the first three rooms different in the Japanese version?
Via a save editor, one can access some rooms meant for testing:
- Debug Floor
- Monster Modify
- Encounter Test
- Bed Test
In the international versions, these rooms lead to a pitch-black unnamed room, except for the Encounter Test pictured below (from the French version), which has odd textures but is otherwise featureless.
|The Dragon Warrior / Dragon Quest series|
|NES||Dragon Warrior • Dragon Warrior II • Dragon Warrior III • Dragon Warrior IV|
|MSX||Dragon Quest • Dragon Quest II|
|SNES||Dragon Quest I & II • Dragon Quest III • Dragon Quest V • Dragon Quest VI • Torneko no Daibouken: Fushigi no Dungeon|
|Game Boy (Color)||Dragon Warrior I & II • Dragon Warrior III • Dragon Warrior Monsters • Dragon Warrior Monsters 2|
|PlayStation||Dragon Warrior VII|
|PlayStation 2||Dragon Quest V • Dragon Quest VIII|
|Game Boy Advance||Dragon Quest Monsters: Caravan Heart|
|Nintendo DS||Dragon Quest IV • Dragon Quest V • Dragon Quest VI • Dragon Quest IX|
|Nintendo 3DS||Theatrhythm Dragon Quest • Dragon Quest VII • Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3|
|PlayStation 4||Dragon Quest Builders 2 • Dragon Quest XI|
|Nintendo Switch||Dragon Quest Builders 2 • Dragon Quest XI|
|Windows||Dragon Quest Builders 2 • Dragon Quest XI|