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April 13th 2006 sees Japan's biggest ever selling PlayStation 2 game released in the UK, and to celebrate HMV Oxford Street is turning Japanese for the day!

Manga Me at HMV

To celebrate the launch of the eagerly awaited Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King, anyone who purchases a copy of the game between 12pm - 3pm will receive a one-off Manga portrait of themselves.

Signed Yuji Horii goodies up for grabs

People in the store at this time will also be able to enter a draw to win a framed Dragon Quest poster signed by gaming legend Yuji Horii, a collectable Slime beanbag and Slime PlayStation 2 controller - not available in the UK.

Battle Monsters on the HMV Stage

The Dragon Quest Puff-Puff Girls will be in store for photo opportunities and to handout exclusive prizes to people who successfully battle some of the 300+ monsters featured in the game.

40 million people worldwide have played Dragon Quest so visit HMV on 13th April and be a part of gaming history.

Date: 13th April 2006

Time: 12pm - 3pm

Venue: HMV

150 Oxford Street

London, W1D 1DJ

Big in Japan - stats and facts

  • The game is so big in Japan that launch day queues stretch three tube stops - the equivalent of Marble Arch to Tottenham Court Road
  • In Japan Dragon Quest release dates coincide with public holidays to stop people taking days off school and work
  • Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King sold a staggering three million copies in three days in Japan

For further information and picture opportunities please contact:

Caroline Miller

Indigo Pearl for Square Enix

Tel: 020 8964 4545

Rob Partridge

Coalition PR for HMV

Tel: 0208 987 0123

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