Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker is the newest installment in the Dragon Quest franchise. Yuji Horii, the creator behind the series, Akira Toriyama, comic book artist and Koichi Sugiyama, composer and conductor have teamed up again to craft a gaming experience that has captivated more than one million players across Japan.
Enter the world of Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker as the young hero, locked in a prison by your own father, the leader of a mysterious organization known as CELL. Released under orders to enter the Monster Scout Challenge, you will embark on a journey starting with a single monster and a scout ring, unaware of the dark and mysterious intentions that surround the competition.
Joker is the first game in the series to have online play, via Nintendo Wi-Fi. The battle system is similar to previous Dragon Quest Monsters games. The player has three monsters in a party which can be given direct orders or set to one of 4 AI settings. A player's main character does not directly participate in battles with the exception of using items when directed as such. The sole method of encountering enemies is to run into them on the overworld.