Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King isn't far away, due to arrive in North America and Europe on 20th January. Following the excellent Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, its remastered form on 3DS will offer new features and content; these extras are confirmed to include two more playable characters, additional side-quests, new story content and an alternative ending.
In terms of the story Nintendo has released a new trailer to show it off, and it's typically charming - there's some enthusiastic voice acting, too.
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