Its new, but if you're a fan of the older, classic RPGs, its highly likely your love this game. It's still fantastic, it just plays like a classic RPG as opposed to the newer style that have more flash and features as opposed to story and character IMO. I always liked Dragon Quest games for staying close to its roots although the story is also kinda old-fashioned, meaning that it's not all that original or surprising, but the rest is so well done, that it doesn't even matter. If you love old school RPGs, buy this game.
Heh, sorry, I just live in the American South, and every time I see the commercial for 8, I can only think of one thing. "Its already taken over Japan!" Weeds grow all over japan. "Now its coming here!" More weeds growing all over everything.