The Dragon Quest franchise’s push to solidify its footing as a classic RPG series now brings it back to its roots. Square Enix announced this morning that the first three Dragon Quest games will be ported into the West for the Nintendo Switch, both for North American and European fans. Each game —Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line, and Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation — will come at a different price point, with the first game being cheapest and the third having the highest price point.
Dragon Quest I & II already have remasters for Android and iOS. From released screenshots, it looks like the Switch will utilize these or similar editions. These editions had updated sprites and redrawn portraits of characters and monsters. They also had updated translations that brought names and jokes closer to the Japanese games’ intentions. (Hopefully, though, you can play the Switch version in landscape mode, and not portrait.)
This will be DQIII’s first re-release in a pretty long while. Plus, it’ll be the first time the game will be released officially in Europe. If DQIII’s remaster is similar to its predecessors’, we’ll likely be seeing new sprites, drawings and translations.
The original Dragon Quest was released in Japan in 1986 on the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was initially called Dragon Warrior instead when it was brought to America in 1989, until 2005 with Dragon Quest VIII. Meanwhile, Europe didn’t get any Dragon Quest games until Dragon Quest IV. So, these upcoming ports essentially fill the release gap for the region.
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It looks like Square Enix is taking a similar approach to their own Final Fantasy releases. With remasters, remakes and spin-offs coming, it’s a fantastic time for these companies to re-up games. The Dragon Quest franchise recently released Dragon Age Builders 2, the sequel to a popular Minecraft-esque RPG hybrid. Dragon Quest XI, meanwhile, is getting its own port to the Switch. The “Hero” of DQ was introduced as a Super Smash Bros Ultimate character, likely in part to promote these releases.
Also from Square Enix, there’s a slew of Final Fantasy remasters, including a whole Final Fantasy VII Remake, plus the recent remaster Final Fantasy VIII, which our crew loved. Meanwhile, Final Fantasy XIV, the MMORPG set in the universe, is also getting a lot of love to this day.
The Switch editions will drop on September 27. DQ I, II & III will respectively cost $4.99, $6.49 and $12.49. If you’re a little more mindful about price, there are also the DQ I &II remasters on Android and iOS, respectively for $2.99 and $4.99. (Of course, there’s no DQIII announced for mobile yet, so be mindful of such.)