PlayStation 4 Getting Dragon Quest XI Slime-Shaped Controller

by Robert Workman

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There are some fans out there that just can’t get enough of the Dragon Quest series – so no doubt the news for Dragon Quest XI was music to their ears today. But now it’s time for them to really show devotion – by purchasing a PlayStation 4 controller that looks just like a Slime from the series.

That’s just what Square Enix revealed, a special controller that looks just like the classic Dragon Quest monster, right down to his googly eyes and wicked smile. You’ll see the slime design on top of the controller, and then, on the bottom, you’ve got the two analog sticks on the bottom, along with a plethora of buttons and a D-pad closer to the middle. The touch pad sits firmly between them, while the shoulder buttons are up top.

No question that the controller takes some getting used to, especially if you’ve been playing games with a typical DualShock 4 controller. But this one is definitely accustomed to fans, and even has its own stand, so you can have the Slime staring into your soul while you try to get through a round or two of Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition. Oh, well.

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This peripheral is set to release in Japan on July 29th, the same day that Dragon Quest XI will release for PlayStation 4 and 3DS, but it’s going to set you back a pretty penny if you want to add it to your collection, since it’ll be around 9,980 yen, which is close to about $100 with taxes.

The controller measures around 145 mm x 145 mm x 124 mm, and weighs less than a pound, so it won’t be a hassle to use. In addition, you’ll also get a micro USB cord so you can charge it in-between rounds, though we’re not sure if it’ll get in the way of the stand. Probably not, based on the design. The only thing is that it’s missing a few DualShock staples, like a light bar, a headphone jack and a motion sensor.

Still, if you’re a devotee to everything Dragon Quest, this is a must-have.

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Dragon Quest XI will release July 29th in Japan. There’s no word yet on a U.S. release, but it looks very likely.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.