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YMMV: Dragon Quest IV
  • Broken Base: Fans who remember the original straight-forward NES translation were generally disappointed with changes made in the remake's localization: the addition of 'regionalism' which brought ridiculous broken accents in the dialogue, and the changing of most names of people and places to make cultural references or bad puns.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Psaro, who gets his Heel-Face Turn moment in the DS remake; Alena, who has a manga feature her as a main character and a game loosely based on her and her two helpers; and Torneko, who has his own series of Mysterious Dungeon games. Every main character except the hero and Borya has appeared at least once in the Itadaki Street series.
    • Kiryl in particular tends to get quite a bit more fan art then you'd expect, and as such appears pretty often in spinoffs. Healie also goes from being a Guest Star Party Member (albeit the first playable monster one ever) to being one of the most reoccurring characters in the series.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Solo/Alena and to a lesser extent Solo/Maya are both very popular. On the Ho Yay side of things, Sophia/Alena and Solo/Psaro are the most common pairings.
  • Game Breaker: Psaro.
    • MUCH earlier, the Prayer Ring. One of the cheapest items in the Casino is, well, one of the "cheapest" items in the game, giving you literally infinite MP(Praying outside of battle recharges MP for free), and thus infinite grinding with only the occasional break to save the game.
  • Les Yay: Elisa/Celia gets some fun dialogue in the beginning of Chapter 5 if you choose to play as the Heroine Sofia.
    • In Femiscyra/Gardenbur, the elderly priest thinks Sofia is jealous of his being the only functioning man in the whole queendom, and asks if she or one of the other female characters is one of those 'modern women'.
  • The Scrappy: Maya tends to be universally favored over Borya as the party's mage both in terms of spell casting and personality. Borya also makes the least amount of appearances of the entire cast in the spinoff games.
  • Squick: Psaro's growth of limbs and a second head/face is pretty icky in the NES game, but is just gross looking in the DS game. In a good way. Made even cooler as the DS version shows this from multiple angles. It really shows just how "not right" his transformation is.
  • Tear Jerker: The prologue's conclusion in the DS version, and the final boss's transformation (which is the result of another tear jerker).
    • Also, Rose's death. While the NES version had the scene and its dialogue too rushed, and it sounded more like Rose is screaming when she dies near Psaro, making it less of a tear-jerker, this scene in the DS version is so much better, and the dialogue is not rushed anymore, making the scene when she dies quietly in Psaro's arms so heartbreaking.
  • That One Boss: Estark in all versions.
    • Keeleon (NES name)/The Marquis de Leon (DS name) in all versions and Balzack in the remakes have always given veteran players trouble.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Thanks to a Manual Misprint in the instruction booklet for the NES version, it was believed that Panon is a female; yet when you do meet Panon (and talk to some villagers) in the game itself, the comedian is actually a man! But with the sprite for the Panon character in the NES version, it was hard to make out if he is a man or not. The Nintendo DS and PS1 versions thankfully cleared up the confusion by making better sprites for the character and renaming him as "Tom Foolery".

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