Great That was one of the first franchises I got into in video games, and also love them to death. Most of them anyway
Nice. What are your favorites and least favorites?
Let me count the ways I love them (lol)...
DW 1 - The first one I played as a kid. Loved it, especially in it's time. I guess it was a little simplified, even by NES standards, but that was part of the plan. I've seen/read interviews with the creator and he said all the RPGs at the time were had a more difficult learning curve, numbers heavy, etc., and he wanted to make something almost anyone could play and find enjoyable.
DW 2 - Somehow I missed this one when it originally came out, despite my parents owning a video shop at the time (and thus my having free rentals of pretty much anything that came in). I didn't play this one until years later... I think on a GBC but I'm not sure. Definitely was my least favorite of the first three (trilogy).
DW 3 - One of my favorite. games. ever. Compared to modern RPGs it's obviously fairly short. I think I kept track of the time it took to complete in one run through (cause I'm a geek like that) and it was something like 25 hours of gameplay. And nostalgia might play a part in my loving it so much. But I still go back and play it (emulated) from time to time. My favorite of the series. Last of the games based around Erdrick. My username on some sites is based on that name, so suffice to say I loved that storyline
DW 4 - The last one I got to play as a kid. Bigger than DW 3, and I didn't hate the chapter-based set up, but it did make things seem a little disjointed. It was an interesting concept though. I can still remember the Christmas I got this from my grandparents. By the time we got home I could only play it for like an hour. My cousin slept over that night, and then the next day I wanted to play it but my parents insisted that I go to my bowling league. When I got home my cousin told me he had already beat the first chapter. I was so p*ssed. How dare he beat part of MY game on MY NES!
Anyway, yeah, great game IMO.
After that, I used to be subscribed to the Enix newsletter and they were always talking about what was going to come after DW 4. I was so excited. Then --poof-- no more DQ/DW in the US for a while.
DQ 5 and 6 - Didn't play these till years later on the DS. Not sure how I would have liked them as a kid/teen, but as an adult they seemed just ok to me. Maybe it was because I was playing modern RPGs at the time, or had missed them earlier, or had to play them on a small screen... but whatever it was, while I enjoyed them, I didn't love them.
DQ 7 - I didn't own a PS, so I had to wait till I had a PS2 to go back and play this one. Again I felt like it was ok, enjoyable even, but it didn't get me to love it nearly as much as the early ones. Others seem to disagree and think this was the best of the pre-8 games.
DQ 8 - I bought a PS2 just to play this game. I don't remember if I saw it in the store, or saw a commercial for it (Ha, DQ commercials in America, what a surprise!), or what, but I had to have it. It became, at the time I played it, my favorite DQ/DW game. However, after going back and replaying it several times it has faded somewhat. Still probably my 2nd or 3rd favorite of the franchise though.
DQ 9 - First time I played this I didn't think much of it. I guess after 8 I was expecting a mammoth console game, and instead I got a dinky DS game... and a fairly short one if you don't do/care about all the dungeons and such after you beat the game. With this past play through earlier this year though I liked it a lot more.
DQ 10 - Can't played it, since they haven't released it stateside, and I can't read Japanese. Won't play it if they do release it here. I don't want like it, I don't want it. No no no! Put DQ 11 on a console and not a MMO and I will be a happy fanboy again.
Other DQ/DW related - I have enjoyed what DQM I have played on the DS, but I haven't played enough to say for sure what I think. So, anyway, I'm sure no one cares about the above, but I enjoyed reminiscing with myself anyway
To list from my favorite to least favorite (as of today, anyway):
3 - 4 - 8 - 1 - 9 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 2
First four (3,4,8,1) are classics to me, next 3 are enjoyable (9,5,6), and last two are sorta meh (7,2).
EDIT--wow, didn't realize how long this was till I posted it. I know, tl;dr.