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Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors is a first-person RPG released 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).
- Art Evolution/Gorgeous Period Dress: Toriyama proves that he 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.
- Dangerous Sixteenth Birthday
- Evil Overlord: Xiphos the Deathbringer.
- 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.
- Heroes Prefer Swords
- Limit Break: Mighty Strikes. Each sword you acquire gives you access to a new one.
- Mini Game
- New Game+: Payback Mode which allows you to start with 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.
- 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 Sophix(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.
- White Mage: Fleurette, a priestess, specializes in healing magic.