Dragon Quest VII Gives Gamers In Japan An Epic Quest To McDonalds
Including the dream career of a McDonalds worker being represented in the game. No, really!
Relax, you’re not somehow reading this after falling through a Warp Pipe into April Fool’s Day. It seems the Japanese penchant for 3DS game cross promotion is continuing unabated.
It all starts innocently enough, if the new imagery from Nintendo Everything is to be believed. Some lovely screenshots of various treasure-seeking shenanigans as enacted by the main party of Dragon Quest VII heroes. What could be simpler?
However, things swiftly get rather surreal when Siliconera’s own report is taken into account. It seems Square-Enix is once again combining forces with the big names of various other industries to cross-promote a 3DS game. This time it’s McDonalds, who via their DS download service in various Japanese stores seemingly have some treasures on offer for Dragon Quest fans.
It’s easy enough just to envy the fact that in Japan, the ‘Mac de DS’ even exists. It lets DS gamers play tailor-made little games downloaded from various branches of the fast food giant across Nintendo’s homeland.
But this time, Square-Enix has taken the epic Dragon Quest VII and crafted a miniature quest to play within McDonalds itself. Though the full game itself doesn’t arrive in Japan for a few more weeks, the spin-off miniature adventure Dragon Quest VII: McDonalds’ Mysterious Stone Tablet will apparently be available from January 11th 2013 until March 28th 2013.
The warrior and mage classes are represented, but if you want to feel truly epic you may instead decide to be a McDonalds staff member or even – gasp! – the indisputable Prestige Class that is an actual McDonalds branch manager!
Various monsters are then battled to gather pieces of a stone tablet, similar to those in the actual Dragon Quest VII game, except in this example rather more… burger-centric.
No mention is made of this feature linking fully into the main game, so it’s presumed to be a bit of cross-promotional jollity.