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Hits PS4 and 3DS on 29th July in the country
When you can only think about one thing
While we wait (im)patiently for the localisation of Dragon Quest XI, we can nevertheless take in the hype for its release in Japan. While the Switch version is still oddly missing, the Japanese market is currently gearing up for the dual release across PS4 and 3DS. Square Enix has now published a series...
Time for the series to finally Switch it up?
Dragon Quest XI is only a month or so from release in Japan on the 3DS along with the PS4, with the portable iteration adopting a different style. That'll no doubt be a feature of this Japanese broadcast, though we hope to see the somewhat mysterious Nintendo Switch version, too. <liveblog...
Your guess is as good as ours
Dragon Quest XI will be hitting the PS4 and 3DS on July 29th in Japan, but Square Enix is acting like the Switch version doesn't exist - despite the fact that series creator Yuji Horii has
A fantasy filled menu, Chocobo parking extra
It's been well documented that Akihabara has one of the largest clusters of game, anime and technology shops in Tokyo, the capital and largest city in Japan. You could spend from morning til midnight just walking up and down the many streets and shopping for classic games, new games, DVDs and Blu-Rays,...
Hits PS4 and 3DS on 29th July in the country
Dragon Quest XI has been an intriguing title; back when the Switch was still 'NX' it was one of the first games 'confirmed' for the system, before Square Enix initially back-pedalled. It was then made official for the Switch once again, with the title also coming to PS4 and in a rather different form on...
It's no joke
As it's the middle of the week it's time, as always, to see what's hot and what's not in the Japanese market. Despite a much hyped PS4 release landing it's a hardy old franchise on 3DS that took number one. Starting with that software top 20, Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 Professional has made its debut in top spot, seeing off the...
Building up to release day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J_hCIQiM6Y Nintendo is slowly but surely ramping up its promotional push for the launch of the Nintendo Switch on March 3rd, and in Japan it has unleashed a series of new TV spots to spread awareness of its big titles. We've already seen several new adverts for 1-2-Switch, but The Legend...
With a few other 3DS titles in the top 40
The numbers of big-selling new releases on Nintendo hardware have been modest in recent times, but last week did bring another fantastic 3DS RPG to stores with Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. Like its predecessor it seems to have made a solid start. The 3DS release made its all-format chart...
Enhanced gameplay compared to the PlayStation versions
Square Enix is bringing its two Dragon Quest Heroes titles to the Nintendo Switch in a special pack fittingly entitled Dragon Quest Heroes I•II. The pack - which launches alongside the console in Japan on March 3rd and costs 8,800 yen - includes Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and...
Two screens, two styles
We've known for quite some time that Dragon Quest XI is coming to the 3DS, and Square Enix has been showing it off a little in recent days at Jump Festa 2017; it's looking rather interesting. In a presentation the company showed off the PS4 and 3DS versions; a unique touch with the portable entry is that the top screen shows...
In-game photos copyright Square Enix...
With Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past being a treat this year on 3DS, fans of the series are no doubt looking forward to Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, which is due in North America and Europe on 17th January. A number of the new features in this
Not quite forgotten
After a long wait, last week brought a notable release for plenty of 3DS gamers in the West - Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past finally made it out of Japan. Based on the UK chart results it's done relatively well. The Square Enix release (with publishing help from Nintendo) has made its UK chart debut in 12th...
Call the professionals
Square Enix has announced at the Tokyo Game Show 2016 that it is releasing an updated version of Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3. Dubbed Dragon Quest Monsters: Jokers 3 Professional, the enhanced edition adds new scenarios to the base game as well as characters from previous Joker outings. You'll also meet famous monsters from...
Key early tips for this massive adventure
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past is out now on 3DS in North America and Europe. If you've never experienced this PlayStation RPG classic, you're in for quite an adventure — the game clocks in at around 100 hours just for completing the main story! More importantly,
Islands in the Sun
Whether you know it as Dragon Quest or Dragon Warrior, Yuji Horii's enduring role-playing series has been delighting fans and inspiring adventurers consistently since 1986. Like its Square-Enix stablemate Final Fantasy, each Dragon Quest is a standalone story, with shared elements and lore connecting it to other entries; in...
Thirty years of history, art and slimes
The Dragon Quest Museum has ended a fantastic six week run in Tokyo, Japan. The museum was held in honour of the 30th anniversary of the release of the first Dragon Quest game in Japan, in 1986. Its not the only thing Square-Enix has done to mark this milestone. There have been smaller promotional events...
Here's to many more, Sugiyama-san
In the space of Japanese Role-Playing Games, few names are as recognizable as that of Dragon Quest. The popular series has been running since 1986 – longer than Final Fantasy, we might add – with dozens of entries and spinoffs appearing on a plethora of platforms. Of course, music has been a big part of the...
Slime flavoured gum and special prizes
Its been 30 years since the first Dragon Quest game was released in Japan, and Square Enix has teamed up with Lotte Co. Ltd. in Japan to sell special Dragon Quest themed gum, released earlier this week, and is holding a giveaway contest to go along with it. The gum, which comes in "Blue Slime" and "Metal...
NX level stuff
Square Enix got ahead of itself last year when it confirmed that Dragon Quest XI would be coming to the NX before quickly having to state that it was merely "considering launching" on the platform. Now, the company has confirmed categorically that the latest entry in the popular JRPG franchise will indeed arrive on Nintendo's new...
Answers go live on Friday
As many of you are no doubt aware, Gamescom is set to take place very soon. The trade show is similar to E3 in many ways, but it's held in Cologne, Germany and is open to the public for attendance. Naturally, developers are keen to bring their A-game, and many major reveals are made here. Among other things, Square Enix...
Probably for realsies this time
Way back in July 2015 we had the first NX 'game announcement', when Square Enix revealed that Dragon Quest XI would come to both the 3DS and the next-gen system, albeit in very different forms. Square Enix then backtracked, possibly because Nintendo may not have been delighted to see a platform a long way from its...
The curse of localisation
With Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past not too far away, it's easy to overlook the fact that Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is also heading to the 3DS in the West later this year. That's still the case in North America, according to Nintendo's latest schedule, but t
Get that pen and paper ready
Dragon Quest is 30 years old, and a few days ago a special "Anniversary Countdown Special" took place in Japan. While the event was very much about celebrating past games in the amazingly popular RPG series, there was a little bit of info about the forthcoming Dragon Quest XI worth mentioning. Series creator Yuji Horii...
Who would've thought?
The Professor Layton series made its grand entrance on the Nintendo DS and quickly made a name for itself as one of the great franchises on the portable. Of course, the widespread sales success of the DS likely had a hand in propelling the series to popularity, so there was something of a mutually beneficial relationship...
Wii U hardware sales drop significantly, however
As we're in the middle of another week we have the Media Create Japanese charts to consider, and this time around there's a new release on 3DS that's stealing the headlines. It's Square Enix's 3DS RPG Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3, the latest entry in the spin-off series, that's stormed to the top...
Now that's an aniversary celebration
It's hard to believe, but the Dragon Quest games have already been around for thirty years, and the traditional JRPG series has long been a popular mainstay of the genre. Though the western release of the latest game in the series - Dragon Quest X – is still uncertain, we're set to get the 3DS remakes of Dragon...
Slimes R Us
Last August, Square Enix and Japanese convenience store chain Lawson teamed up to apply a bit of Dragon Quest magic to a Lawson retail outlet in Chiyoda, Tokyo, with the overall objective being the promotion of Dragon Quest VIII on the 3DS. The existing store was given a makeover which included special decals on the outside and themed...
The rest of the world says hi, Square Enix
Until recently Western Nintendo fans of the Dragon Quest series had to either gaze longingly at the Japanese release slate or resort to importing the various titles that have arrived on Wii U and 3DS. Thankfully Dragon Quest VII and VIII on 3DS were both confirmed recently for localisation in the most...
And you thought it would never happen
Dragon Quest fans rejoice - Square Enix hasn't turned its back on you after all. It was confirmed during today's packed Nintendo Direct broadcast that Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King are both headed to the west. The games are coming to the 3DS...
This week's Jump magazine has fresh details relating to the forthcoming Square Enix 3DS RPG Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3. First up is the storyline, which is set in the far-flung future. The hero is a young man suffering from amnesia (original!) who discovers a device known as a "Reactor" which allows him to analyse the monsters...
They sure are pretty
Dragon Quest XI is a good while off, so much so that a Nintendo NX version was sort-of announced before some inevitable backtracking once Square Enix realised it had somewhat gotten ahead of itself. We have seen the 3DS version in action, though, which looks like an accomplished portable alternative to the HD version that'll be...
As well as a new dungeon to tackle once you complete the game
Dragon Quest VIII hits the 3DS in Japan on August 27th, and to build on the already intense interest for the game in its homeland, Jump magazine has delivered some more details. The most striking addition is that the game will feature a brand-new ending. There isn't a lot more detail...
Dragon Quest X also confirmed for NX
Square Enix has confirmed that the next entry in the best-selling Dragon Quest series is coming to the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo NX. The news was delivered at an ongoing special event in Japan. The Nintendo versions will be joined by a version for the Sony PS4. The game's full title is Dragon Quest XI: In...
Its predecessor came to the West...
Square Enix keeps bringing Dragon Quest games to the 3DS - sometimes they're remakes and on other occasions they're all-new games. Localisation has been an area of concern for gamers outside Japan, though teases around Dragon Quest VII and VIII keep ramping up. A new 3DS title has been announced in Weekly Jump...
Could it finally happen?
Dragon Quest is a franchise with a decent recent history on Nintendo portables, exemplified by the global release of Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies on 3DS. Since that time it's been a franchise - from a Nintendo fans' perspective - stuck in Japan, however, with a Dragon Quest VII re-release on 3DS in Spring...
An adventure in two dimensions
Square Enix made a lot of Dragon Quest fans happy - Japanese ones, at least - when it confirmed that it would be bringing the eighth game in the series to the Nintendo 3DS. However, there's a bit of bad news to report - the forthcoming RPG won't include autostereoscopic 3D support. We can only assume this move has...
Launches in Japan on 27th August
The 3DS is four years old now and Nintendo knows sales momentum of the system is important to maintain. At a recent Financial Results Briefing, Iwata reiterated this, explaining the 3DS could use with a boost in its homeland of Japan. With this in mind, Square Enix has announced Dragon Quest VIII – originally...
Two epic tracks to sample
Square Enix has revealed that a demo for Theatrhythm Dragon Quest will be hitting the Japanese 3DS eShop next week - March 11th, to be precise. Two songs will be playable in the demo - "Adventure" from Dragon Quest III (field stage) and Dragon Quest V's battle theme. A sequel to Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy and Theatrhythm...
Grandson uncovers incredibly in-depth tome
World War II was a pretty dire business, costing the lives of countless millions all over the globe. However, if there's one thing we can thank this catastrophic international conflict for, it's possibly the most awesome fan-written guide to Dragon Quest V ever seen. A fellow in Japan has recently...
Available as an early purchase bonus in Japan
Square Enix caused quite a stir when it announced that Theatrhythm Dragon Quest is coming to the 3DS, and as the Japanese launch date of March 26th gets ever closer, fans have something else to get excited about - another 3DS theme. Japanese fans will be pleased to know that Square Enix will be...
Move over, Cloud Strife
After two critically and commercially successful outings based on the Final Fantasy series, Square Enix's Theatrhythm franchise is being expanded to include Dragon Quest — the company's other million-selling RPG brand. A new trailer has just been released in Japan which shows off footage from Theatrhythm Dragon Quest —...
Japanese launch happening in March
Square Enix's Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy games have been a commercial and critical success for the company, taking the legendary tunes heard in the million-selling series and placing them in an incredibly compelling rhythm action context. Given that Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call has pretty much mined the...
Sales of both physical and digital versions suspended
Dragon Quest X came to the Japanese 3DS recently, and as expected, the game sold very well — in fact, the first shipment of physical copies went in the space of a single week. However, such success has caused serious headaches not only for Square Enix, but for the hordes of existing Dragon...
"We can’t promise anything"
If you're an English-speaking fan of the Dragon Quest series then you're probably not in the best of moods right now. After some good localisations for the Nintendo DS, Square Enix seems to have lost interest in bringing the franchise to the west, and while the announcement of the Dragon Quest VII remake for the 3DS is...
Toriyama trims the buckles, doesn't spare the cel shading
Square Enix is continuing to tease their port of Dragon Quest X to the 3DS with this five-minute epic trailer full of explosions, dramatic poses, interior decoration, boss battering, and other acts of derring-do. To help on-the-go adventurers accomplish these things the 3DS version of the...
Still no word of an overseas release though
We've lamented before on Square Enix's baffling decision to keep Dragon Quest X a strictly Japan-only affair, and now it appears that fans outside Japan have another format to direct their frustrations at with the announcement that the game will hit Japanese 3DS' on the 4th of September this year. The...
But over which seas?
Locked in Japan since its release in 2012, Square Enix revealed its massively multi-player online RPG Dragon Quest X is under consideration for hitting new shores. A slide from the company's most recent financial report states that "expansion to overseas market is under consideration" for the successful title. It should be...
This company really does love alliteration in its titles
Square Enix has gone somewhat quiet about localising its Dragon Quest titles for the western market — leading some to suggest that the franchise is all but dead outside of its native Japan — but a recent trademark hints that something is afoot. A US trademark has been filed by Square Enix...
The adventure starts here!
We know there are a lot of Nintendo Life readers who’d love to get their hands on Dragon Quest Monsters 2 but can’t, either because of Nintendo's ongoing region-locking policy or simply due to the language barrier. So we’re hoping to give you the next best thing – a front-row seat on Kerry’s run through the...
Half an hour of RPG action awaits you
We've had a look at Square Enix's 3DS remake of the Game Boy Color RPG before, but now the wait is finally over — the title has launched in Japan and gamers lucky enough to be equipped with a Japanese 3DS can at last enjoy this Slime-filled RPG. In case you were wondering, we're lucky enough. We've played the...
Taking the quest online
In an utterly baffling move, Dragon Quest X — the most recent game in the iconic RPG series — is not only import-only but also IP blocked, meaning the game will refuse to work for all legitimate users trying to play from outside Japan. Luckily, there are ways to get your foreign internet connection to disguise itself...
Gotta catch 'em all?
We've reported before on Square Enix's upcoming 3DS remake of the Game Boy Colour Dragon Quest Monsters 2, but now we've got some footage to show, too. As you'd expect, much of the video focuses on showing off the enormous G-sized monsters and giving us a quick peek at small portion of the 800+ beasts in the game, but there are...
Satoru Iwata interviews the team behind the 3DS remake
The Dragon Quest VII remake for 3DS is out now in Japan, so it seemed only right for Nintendo President Satoru Iwata to interview a few of the people involved with the making of the game in his Iwata Asks series. In the interview, helpfully translated by Siliconera, the series creator Yuuji...
Nissan gets Slimey
Today Japanese automaker, Nissan, has announced its partnership with Square Enix in creating a special Dragon Quest themed car, the Serena S-Hybrid mini van 'Slime Car'. The collaboration was unveiled at the DQ-themed restaurant, Luida's Cafe in Roppongi. If you happen to be a Dragon Quest fanatic, then you might be out of luck...
Not as ominous as it sounds
Nintendo's agreement to promote Square Enix's upcoming Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation on DS proves both companies are eager to capitalise on the success of last year's Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies. Last year, series creator Yuji Horii attended the DQIX launch to meet fans, but this year you'll have to earn your right to meet him by taking part in..
Exclusive events for Celestrians
If you haven't experienced Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies in its multiplayer mode, you're missing out. UK residents keen to leap into the game's social side can do so at selected HMV Gamerbase stores in collaboration with Nintendo of Europe. Attendees can take on Estark, nab an exclusive slime and enjoy playing the game with like-minded gamers. What..
A headline we never thought we'd run
It's wall-to-wall Dragon Quest IX for DS at the moment as Nintendo's marketing machine is running at close to full speed, with a slew of adverts and the chance to meet the series creator in New York this weekend. Last week we brought you the first commercial starring Seth Green in which he gave a group of girls dating advice – stay with us – and now he's..
Get to Gamestop, get a map
There are just a few more days to go until North American fans can bash slimes all over again in Dragon Quest IX, and within a few weeks GameStops up and down the country will be hosting an event to grant gamers a Special Event Map. To get involved it's very simple. Head to a participating store on the 31st of July between 1pm and 4pm to take part; just make sure you've..
Also featuring a Dragon Quest ice cream truck
Nintendo's desire to get the name Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies on everyone's lips gathers apace. Fresh from the appointment of Seth Green in a series of adverts the Big N has just announced a launch event at Rockefeller Plaza on Saturday July 10th. Guest of honour for the event will be Yuji Horii, creator of the Dragon Quest series,..
Contains potentially fatal amounts of geek
Just when you thought your anticipation levels for Dragon Quest IX couldn't get any higher, along comes Nintendo with a new celebrity endorsement to kick your excitement up just another little notch. It may not be quite Beyoncé Knowles advertising Rhythm Paradise, but Seth Green's comical turn in this advert for the upcoming DS RPG may convince a few..
Check out the latest trailer for the upcoming DS RPG.
The kind folks at Nintendo were kind enough to send over the latest teaser trailer for the upcoming Square-Enix RPG Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies. While there's not a lot of actual gameplay footage in the trailer, there is some very cool animated sequences that should get you prepared for the upcoming North American and European..
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