CheatCC writes: "There's something exciting in the air when a popular franchise makes the switch from console to handheld or vice versa. Countless popular genres have undergone it, from Zelda to Castlevania to Metroid to Mega Man (yes, I'm a huge Nintendo fan). And now, one of the most venerable RPGs of all time, right up there with such series as Final Fantasy, is making the move as well. Fans were torn over whether or not it is a good thing that Dragon Quest IX: Protectors of the Starry Sky will be arriving to North America as a Nintendo DS title. And this is big news, because developer extraordinaire is finally bringing a full-fledged Dragon Quest title to the DS, not just a spinoff, such as Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker and Dragon Quest: Rocket Slime. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, it's essentially a fairly traditional turn-based RPG, featuring a party of highly customizable heroes journeying around in a quest to (surprise!) save the world in one way or another. It's a basic formula, yes, but Dragon Quest has been immensely popular in Japan and lately in the US because it executes said formula incredibly well. And now DS gamers are getting a taste of it for themselves. "