There's new video out of gameplay footage from Dragon Quest 9 on the DS. I just can't wait for this game!
Notice, during the battling displayed in this video, that the fighters and enemies are not all along a straight line like usual Dragon Quest games. It looks like proximity and distance will be a factor in battle. Dragon Quest is one of those games that thrives on it's classic-style gameplay. This probably isn't a huge change, but it's still a surprise they would try something so new on a more limited graphical screen. Then again, Dragon Quest main-games have never failed to impress, so I'm very excited about this.