Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors
is a first-person RPG developed by Eighting
in cooperation with Genius Sonority
and released by Square Enix
on the Nintendo Wii
in 2007. It tells the story of the son of the great swordsman Claymore, who is prepared to take his place among the knights of Avalonia by undergoing the "Walk of the Worthy", a rite of passage for sixteen-year-old males
. After he completes his trial, the young swordsman learns of an Evil Overlord
that his father fought in the past, and of a reclusive queen who wears a creepy mask and has been largely avoiding the public eye. How are these events related, if at all?
The game is notable for taking advantage of the Wii's motion sensor controls; you swing your sword by swinging the Wiimote in the same manner.
Tropes in Dragon Quest Swords:
- Accent Adaptation
- Arms And Armor Theme Naming: There are sword-themed names all over the place. The hero's father is named Claymore, the hero's two traveling companions are Fleurette and Anlace, the Big Bad is called Xiphos, and a few of the game's locations are mostly named for legendary weapons (Caliburn Cave and Arondight/Alondite Heights).
- Anti-Frustration Features: Losing to Xiphos allows you to choose to go to the dungeon or go straight to his throne room.
- Art Evolution/Gorgeous Period Dress: Toriyama proves that he can draw more than Only Six Faces with this game.
- Attack Reflector: You can swat certain projectiles back at your enemies, such as fireballs and the bodkin's arrows.
- Big Bad: Xiphos the Deathbringer.
- Bonus Boss:The Mirror Bosses.
- Dangerous Sixteenth Birthday
- Disc One Final Dungeon: The titular Tower of Mirrors.
- Evil Overlord: Xiphos the Deathbringer.
- Excuse Plot: Play it for the gameplay. Otherwise, you'll be sorely disappointed. See "Cliché Storm".
- Gratuitous French: Fleurette, in spades.
- Hello, Insert Name Here: Your hero's name is never spoken aloud in voiced dialogue, but shortly after you complete the mission with Fleurette, she gives you a nickname, and uses it to address you from that point on.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: In the Japanese Version of the game that is...
- Limit Break: Mighty Strikes. Each sword you acquire gives you access to a new one.
- New Game+: Payback Mode which allows you to start with Xiphos's weapon, the Deathbringer sword.
- Ornamental Weapon: Your companions wield weapons (Anlace has a rapier, and Fleurette and Claymore use staves), but they never use them, instead traveling along with you to provide spell backup.
- Palette Swap: All of the Mirror Bosses.and Edahs Sohpix who is a nastier version of the final boss.
- Sequel Escalation: The first game was actually a motion-controlled toy which predated the Wii that basically let kids walk down a straight path while whacking monsters. This game greatly improves upon the concept.
- Sdrawkcab Name: All of the mirror bosses have them. For starters, Der Gib (Big Red), Nomeg (Gemon), Salta (Atlas), Valgirt (Triglav), Nomegoen (Neogemon), and Edahs Sohpix (Xiphos Shade).
- Theme Naming: All of the major characters (and most of the locations) are named after types of swords.
- Examples include Prince Anlace, Fleurette, Claymore, Minister Misericorde (Kanzler Katzbalger in the German version) and Queen Curtana.
- True Final Boss: Edahs Sohpix may count,considering you have to beat the game to access the Old Reflectory,then defeat all the mirror bosses which unlocks his boss fight where you refight Valgirt Nedlog, Nomegoen and Der Gib before fighting him.
- White Mage: Fleurette, a priestess, specializes in healing magic.