Nearly slime time
We originally thought that Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 was going to make it next month, but now Nintendo Europe has dashed those hopes by announcing a release date of 7th October. The monster-catching spin-off from the main Dragon Quest series communicates with the most recent DS releases, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies and Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation,..
Let us set the scene...
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 is only a few months away you know, and this short but sweet trailer for the game sums up the next Square Enix adventure quite neatly. You crash land on an island and must gather and train an army of monsters to stay alive. It's a little different from the traditional Dragon Quest gameplay, with...
There haven't been many new franchises so far in 3DS's short life so far, but RPG masters Square Enix and handheld specialists n-Space are busy preparing a very promising new IP for release in 2012: Heroes of Ruin. We recently went hands-on with the game, and from our early impressions it's one that should hit your radar. From the off it's...
100% complete. Wow.
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies is one of the biggest games on DS, but you may not realise exactly how big until you read this. Committed player Steve Tolin has seen all there is to see in the Square Enix RPG: he's defeated every enemy type, grabbed every item and piece of clothing and found every Alchenomicon recipe too. He's finished all the downloadable quests..
To the Cloud!
The 3DS's first taste of Final Fantasy gaming is coming in the unexpected form of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, a rhythm game in a Chibi style. Contrary to early reports, the game is not developed by Jupiter, the team behind the phenomenal The World Ends With You, but instead Electroplankton and Retro Game Challenge team indieszero is handling development duties. Square Enix's official..
Cloud used Rhythm Stick!
Square Enix's first foray into 3DS for its beloved Final Fantasy series hasn't come in the expected RPG or Chocobo racing; it's something very different. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is a "theater rhythm action game" according to Square Enix, with players tapping the screen in rhythm to progress. Of course the game's big ace up its sleeve is the music will all be..
You'll need big pockets
Square Enix dungeon crawler Heroes of Ruin isn't going to disappoint those who love to loot: the game's producer Tim Schwalk has told Siliconera there are over 80,000 weapons available. The game offers four classes — Gunslinger, Vindicator, Alchitect and Savage — each with over 20,000 weapons to equip, with a Borderlands-style weapon randomiser to keep things fresh. With..
See it at last
The Japanese Dragon Quest Collection contains Famicom and Super Famicom versions of Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest 2 and Dragon Quest 3, but it also comes with something a little more future-facing. Square Enix announced the game will hit Japan on 15th September, priced ¥4,440 — approximately £34/€38/$54. While this would be steep...
Lost in translation
Remember when we said Square Enix was pondering Dragon Quest X for Wii and Wii U? Well it's not true, apparently. AndriaSang has clarified that the two threads of the story — Square Enix is still developing Dragon Quest X and doing technical work on Wii U — are not interwoven at all. The original blog that provided the translation said that the Square Enix is investigating..
Console's first dual release?
The seemingly never-ending Dragon Quest X saga continues to roll on. Despite having been announced several years ago, Square Enix is yet to show off the tiniest fragment of its Wii RPG, though the company still promises it will see release on Nintendo's current white box. Could it also see the light of day on its next...
We scouted it for you
With the hustle and bustle of E3 dying down, it's time to catch up on something unrelated to Wii U and 3DS, as we bring you the trailer of the latest instalment in the Dragon Quest Monsters series. The second title in the spin-off series ― Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 will see players scouting and collecting monsters as they build their ultimate battling team. Scouting..
Consider Square Enix as your business partner
Square Enix has announced that a board game for the Wii that was previously only available in Japan will be making its western debut by the end of the year. Developed by Square Enix, Fortune Street is a board game that features Nintendo and Dragon Quest characters. The concept isn't too far away from Monopoly as players race around the board in an..
Yes, it's real
Last week, developer n-Space leaked the first details of Heroes of Ruin, and now publisher Square Enix has made the game official. The multiplayer action-RPG will make use of StreetPass to let players exchange and trade weapons, armour and useful items, with new challenges and rare items sent through SpotPass. Drop-in, drop-out...
25 years young
2011 is a busy year of anniversary celebrations: Sonic the Hedgehog reaches 20 and both Legend of Zelda and Metroid turn 25. While SEGA and Nintendo are sure to have some birthday plans in the works, Square Enix doesn't want you to forget about the 25th anniversary of Dragon Quest, as it's releasing a commemorative pack in its native Japan. Containing the 8-bit versions of Dragon..
Square's classic looking to gain some new fans
Sixteen years after its original release, Chrono Trigger makes the jump from the past to the present, launching on the Virtual Console so that a new generation of gamers can enjoy the acclaimed role-playing game from the Super Nintendo era. With the game already available to download on the Japanese...
Under wraps so far
PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade title Moon Diver marks the return of Strider creator Kouichi Yotsui, but it won't be making the leap to Wii or 3DS any time soon, according to the creator. Why not? He has a much better idea up his sleeve. Cubed3 recently quizzed the creator on his non-Nintendo game, and asked about the possibility of a 3DS version in future: I think the..
Forever blowing up bubbles
Soon you can stop having to imagine all the wonderful ways a third dimension would benefit the classic bubble-bursting gameplay of the Bust-a-Move/Puzzle Bobble series, as Square Enix announces Bust-a-Move Universe will head to 3DS in Europe on April 22nd. The game's feature list doesn't sound like there's a lot of significant changes to the classic formula, with a brief..
Meet the cast
After a wait that threatened never to end, Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation reaches the Western world today on Nintendo's DS. Square Enix and Nintendo have put together a trailer to introduce you to some of the unfamiliar characters you'll meet on your journey through the latest epic RPG. The game was originally released on Super NES in Japan only, so today marks the first time..
It's just one week until gamers in North America can get their hands on another slice of Japanese RPG action, with the long-awaited release of Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation on Nintendo DS. Previously only available in Japan, the game is making its Western debut in North America on Monday February 14th, and Nintendo has released a...
Or Puzzle Bobble, if you prefer
3DS is receiving its fair share of massive-selling, action-packed franchises – we've already played Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries and Pro Evolution Soccer – but what about something a little more sedate and thoughtful? Square Enix is lining up just the thing
Can't wait? Get it early
It's under a week until Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded reaches North America, but if you're absolutely desperate to get your hands on the latest Disney/Square-Enix crossover you can get it early at a special Nintendo World Store event this Sunday. Hosted at the Nintendo World Store in New York, the first 300 people to get in will...
Western debut for classic RPG
Following on from the success of Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, Nintendo has confirmed it'll bring predecessor Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation to North America on February 14th 2011. The game was originally released in Japan on the Super Famicom back in 1995 and never saw a release in the Western...
Famous faces face-off
Square Enix's next Mario sports title, Mario Sports Mix, isn't just about characters from the Mushroom Kingdom: the company has just confirmed it'll be bringing some of its own most popular characters to the title as well. Joining Mario and chums will be characters from the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series, with a Moogle,...
Only a few days apart
Yesterday we told you that Kingdom Hearts Re:coded will reach Europe on January 14th 2011, with a North American release date yet to be confirmed. Now we've had it confirmed – if only it were always that quick – as launching on January 11th, 2011. Here's the press release in all its Disney/Square Enix crossover glory. LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Square Enix, Inc.,..
Disney-tastic start to the New Year
The latest collaboration between Square Enix and Disney, Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, has just been confirmed for a release across Europe on January 14th. A beefed-up port of a Japan-only mobile game, Re:coded features fan favourite characters from both companies, including Cloud Strife, Mickey Mouse and Hercules, as...
Unique character customisation system explained
The folks at Square-Enix have just sent over the newest video for Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light which shows how to use the game's unique Crown Job System. As you can see in the video, there is a huge degree of customisation made available to the player by wearing and upgrading the various Crowns, not to mention a wealth of new abilities that..
Combat gets covered
Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light is shaping up to be another quality entry in the famed RPG series, with its unique graphical style and developer heritage. Its battle system could take a bit of getting used to though, which is why publisher Square Enix has put together a brief video showing you how to get the most out of the upcoming game. Showing combo attacks, defensive..
Posters and gift cards up for grabs
Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light looks like being another strong addition to the DS's stable of RPGs, but Square Enix isn't taking any chances when it comes to getting fans to stick down their money in advance, with two separate pre-order incentives up for grabs, as well as a bonus poster available to all who purchase the game at launch. Everyone who picks up..
Nothing to do with Bono
Square Enix's The World Ends With You is, let's face it, pretty sensational: innovative, individual and impossibly stylish, it's received critical acclaim since launch. Like many great games, however, the question of a sequel looms over it like an irritating Noise: Tetsuya Nomura, the game's designer, wants to see a sequel, and he's not afraid to say so. I’m really happy..
Though we doubt you're bored of DQIX yet
In January this year, Japanese DS owners rejoiced at being able to buy yet another Dragon Quest game in the form of Dragon Quest VI, a conversion of the Super Famicom original that never saw release outside the Land of the Rising Sun. It seems the DS remake won't suffer the same fate though, if a recently-discovered set of trademark filings is to be..
Showing the user interface, game environments and enemies
When Square Enix announced that Western gamers will be sampling the delights of the latest Final Fantasy game built for the DS, we could hear the dusting-off of robes and the clunking of armour from continent to continent. Now, we have a bit more to share with you as we take a look at the official E3 trailer. Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of..
The Office of Film and Literature Classification says so, but which ones?
Those Space Invaders have been around for 30 years now and are still going strong. New adaptions are keeping the series fresh yet recognisable, and it seems the latest instalment could be making an appearance on home consoles and/or handheld systems. A recent
Dragon Quest kicks it up a notch
Versatile though it is, the Wii Remote sometimes just doesn't – excuse the pun – cut it when it comes to game input. Monster Hunter Tri was built around the Classic Controller Pro and Wii Sports Resort obviously revolved around MotionPlus, but neither of those add-ons were anywhere near as outlandish as this...
Set to hit stores this summer!
Nintendo and Square-Enix have just announced that Nintendo will be publishing the much-anticipated Dragon Quest IX in North America. The game is set for a summer 2010 release and is looking to be one of the biggest DS releases of the year, especially for eager RPG fans who've been waiting to get their hands on the game. You can check out the press release snippet..
Impressive British downloadable title keeps the attention of the big guns of Japanese RPGs.
The LostWinds WiiWare games from Frontier have gotten loads of praise around the gaming industry and are two of the strongest selling titles on WiiWare. Noteworthy for containing boatloads of character, great design and compelling play mechanics which take advantage of the unique capabilities of the Wii..
It's coming on the 9th October
British fans of Japanese RPGs that feature Disney characters rejoice - Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days will be released for DS in Europe on 9 October, Square Enix has just announced. In this game you control Roxas from Kingdom Hearts 2 as he tries to discover more about his days as a member of Organization XIII. Clearly...