A Virtual Tour Of The Dragon Quest 30th Anniversary Museum!

2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the release
of the first Dragon Quest game in Japan. It was a huge success in Japan, prompting
3 sequels on the Famicom which led to remakes spin offs and new games on the Game Boy, Super
Famicom, the PlayStation 1 and 2, as well as the DS 3DS Wii and Wii U Dragon quest, features expansive worlds, colorful
enemies, and lots and lots of in game text. This unique style has captured the hearts
of fans for 3 decades, Square Enix has been celebrating the 30th
anniversary of the original release in a big way. The Dragon Quest Museum was open from July
24, to September 11, 2016 in the Shibuya area of Tokyo. It was so popular that there will be a second
museum opened in Osaka from October 9 to January 9, so you still have a chance to see it. Tickets were constantly sold out, with lines
going out the door and wait times of over an hour just to get in. While you’re waiting the hallway outside the
museum features dozens of drawings made by Dragon Quest fans both young and old alike. Once you finally get through the entrance
your given a few items including a program and a map, which helps you navigate around
the museum area. Upon entering, the first thing you see is
a full sized replica of Loto’s armor, to start your tour The hallway that connects the entrance to
the main museum area has portraits of each of the heroes in the series as well as mint
condition boxes of each of the 10 games. Moving down the hallway there are beautiful
paintings that portray certain scenes from the early games. Some of the paintings are just amazing in
their detail, and each one has a screen shot of the corresponding scene for comparison. This area did not allow photography, but I
did it anyway! After this you move through another hallway
which leads to a free open space. Along the walls were profiles and art designs
of the characters from each Dragon Quest game. In this area there were scale models and figures
from scenes in each of the dragon quest games. The giant Roman numerals hang from above to
help guide you to where you want to go, and which scene is from which game. Each one was protected in a glass case. The details were very precise and it almost
felt like the scenes could come to life. The following area features a lot of interactive
games and activities. This is a game that puts you in a battle scene
to see how fast you can escape an enemy’s attack. This is a 3D digital book that tells the plots
of each game in storybook form. This is a wishing leaf where you write a wish
on the back and throw it under the tree. Also there was a live stream of Dragon Quest
X online. Beyond this area was a display of original
sketches, maps, designs, and dialog sheets from the earliest games in the series. If you ever drew your own RPG maps in your
notebook in school, and I know we all did, you’ll really appreciate this area and just
gaze in awe how these simple drawings laid the foundation of the first games and the
series as a whole. By this point, if you’ve waited an hour to
get in, and spent over an hour exploring the museum, you might be hungry. Don’t worry, they’ve got you covered! There’s a special Dragon Quest Monster Delivery
cafe with food and drinks modeled after slimes and other enemies. A very tasty way to end your journey. At the end as you leave, there’s the gift
shop. Some items like small charms with each games
logo were sold cheaply for 500¥, other items like these mugs were about 1500¥ and then
things like these neckties cost about and replica items get much more expensive. There’s something for everyone, if you’re
willing to spend the money. The museum kind of moves along in a line but
you are free to roam about anywhere you like for a long as you like, but once you leave
there’s no re-enrty. Once you leave though, it’s not fully over. Did you notice some metal slimes on the walls? They were 6 in all hiding in the artwork. Each one has a Japanese character, find them
all and they will form a phrase which you can write in the program that you got at the
beginning of the tour. If you can show the correct answer, you’ll
be rewarded with a special sticker from one of the 10 games in the main series, a nice
parting gift from a fun adventure. What’s the answer? Bravery and friendship. That’s what Dragon Quest is all about. . Hey did you like the great soundtrack to this
video? It came from the Dragon Quest IV Symphonic
Suite soundtrack which was released in 1990 alongside the game. It’s a 2 disc set with one being in game music
and the other being orchestral renditions of the background music. it also comes with stickers I’ll never use
and a catalogue of cool stuff to buy. I think it’s sold out by now. It also came In a special embossed soft plastic
case that looks great on the shelf. Thanks for watching. If you liked this video, why don’t you check
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  1. Wow they really put a lot of effort into this. It's crazy just how mainstream Dragon Quest still is in Japan. Thanks for covering this!

  2. I guess you need to be a fan of the Dragon Quest serie to fully appreciate the place, but there was impressive stuff inside! When you do something you got to do it well, after all.

  3. another fantastic video. you deserve so many more subscribers. when you hit it big, at least i can say i was here in the early days πŸ™‚

  4. Great video as always! It's really cool that you do these documentary style reports on various places and events so that everyone can get a taste of the experience. I can tell you put a lot of thought and effort into them πŸ™‚

  5. Oh, you're such a naughty boy for photographing those painting… πŸ™‚

    It makes me wonder if any other game series will receive a similar treatment. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if Final Fantasy is next.

  6. awesome video, I hope all the DQ fans will grant the dream you put on your wishing leaf! I'd tell my friends about it but they're all too mainstream for dragonquest

  7. Amazing video! Thank you for showing us all the amazing features of the museum. I hope I get to go before it's gone.

  8. Finally I found someone that did! hahaha I went to see this exhibition too but I wasn't able to sneakily take photos at that time. Thanks, I've been wanting to see those arts again especially the rainbow bridge!

  9. Only just saw this, great video Sir, love museums like this.

    But out of curiosity, did they have any of the US games on display there?

  10. I really need to stop slacking and play some games from this series. I don't think I've ever played one yet and I have a couple in my collection/backlog.

  11. It’s sad this channel does have 250k subscribers or even more! So much original content. Shame if you quit because no ones watching!

  12. OOF Just watched this after the Final Fantasy one. A double hit of feels. aaaaaa

    Sprinkle Chrono Trigger on and I'd probably fall over dead.

  13. Oh wow–this is so cool!! This would have been a lot of fun to see in person. So glad you've shared with us! Loto's armor and sword look amazing. Those paintings! And you rebel–lol Those fantastic figures and model scenes!! Love seeing the sketches! The food! The gift shop! Oh geez, we would've gone broke!

  14. This was awesome I’m just getting into the franchise with DQ11 coming out for the Nintendo switch this Friday. I’m a late bloomer what can I say.

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