Blue Dragon Game Overview
Blue Dragon (ブルードラゴン, Burū Doragon) is an RPG for the Xbox 360 video game console. It was developped by Mistwalker and Artoon, based on a design by Final Fantasy series originator Hironobu Sakaguchi, who also supervised development. Microsoft hopes this game's release will provide a great boost to Xbox 360 sales in Japan, as it will be one of the first traditional Japanese RPGs to come to the Xbox 360 system. They hope to sell over 200,000 copies, breaking their record for sales of an Xbox 360 game in Japan to date. As of January 2007, while the game has sold less than expected (135,000 units) it is the highest selling Xbox 360 title in the territory. The RPG genre is especially popular in Japan, and the failure of Microsoft's first game console, the Xbox, in Japan is often partially attributed to the system's lack of traditional Japanese RPGs. Along with a quick video shown at E3 2006, Peter Moore promised the game would be out by the end of the year in Japan.
This game is the first of a series of Blue Dragon games, manga and anime.
The game is the first Xbox 360 title to ship on 3 DVDs.
Blue Dragon Plot
Each year for the past ten years, purple clouds would appear, and bring disasters to people around the world.
When their village is attacked again Shu, Kluke, and Jiro fight back against the fin that appears to kill the people. However they discover it is a strange machine. But even after damaging it, it takes them back to the flagship, with the three still on it.
There, they encounter constant attacks from metal soldiers until they discover three orbs of light. After hearing a voice tell them to swallow the orbs, they do and discover their shadows grow into monsters; Kluke's becomes a blue phoenix, Jiro's a blue minotaur, and Shu's a blue dragon. They then fight the ship's captain, Nene, and discover that Nene is behind the yearly attacks on their town. He easilly defeats them, and they can barely make it to a escape capsule. They then land far from home and must then journey to find a way to save their land.
Following their escape from Nene's air fortress, they encounter more people from towns that have also fallen victim to the purple clouds, and decide that they must try to stop Nene from continuing to bring ruin on their world.
Blue Dragon Characters & Heroes
Blue Dragon Heroes
- Shu: The protagonist, a 16-year-old boy who lives with his grandfather. Has a dragon shadow.
- Kluke: A childhood friend of Shu and Jiro. 16 years old. She is kind and mature. Has a phoenix shadow.
- Jiro: A childhood friend of Shu and Kluke. 17 years old. He is smart and enjoys it when his plans work out. Has a minotaur shadow.
- Zola: A mercenary. She is strong and distant from the others. 20 years old. Has a killer bat as her shadow.
- Marumaro: A cat-like humanoid from the "Debi" tribe. Looks about 14 years old. Has a saber-tooth tiger shadow.
Blue Dragon Villains
- Nene: Main Antagonist. A man from an ancient 10,000-year-old race. He leads the attacks on Shu, Kluke and Jiro's village. He has a purple dragon shadow that has similarities to all blue shadows.
- Deathroy:Nene's pet, who enjoys watching him cause suffering.
- Mecha General Szabo: Causes suffering all over the world.
Blue Dragon Designers
Blue Dragon's designers include three of the creators of Chrono Trigger, the extremely successful RPG for the Super Nintendo. The game features art from Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragon Ball and visual designer and illustrator of one of Japan's most popular video game series, Dragon Quest. Blue Dragon's soundtrack is produced by Nobuo Uematsu, a composer responsible for much of the music in the popular Final Fantasy game series. The music was performed live at the PLAY! A Video Game Symphony concerts in Chicago on May 27, 2006, Stockholm, Sweden on June 14, 2006, Philadelphia on July 27, 2006, on August 4, 2006 in Vienna, Virginia, and, as an encore, on September 30, 2006 in Toronto, Ontario. One of the boss themes also includes vocals by English singer Ian Gillan.
On October 19, 2006 all 10,000 Blue Dragon preorders bundled with a limited edition Xbox 360 Core system were sold-out in Japan