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7:00 PM on 12.28.2011

This Dragon Quest 3D map makes me HHHNNNNGG!!!

Who doesn't love physical game maps? Anybody own a cloth map? Those were the days. Now, instead of a cloth map, how about a 3D recreation with several monsters figurines roaming the land? Sound good? Sometime in March, Square...

Tony Ponce

10:30 PM on 11.07.2011

Get on the Dragon Quest X beta and get a free hat

That's right, folks! Square Enix has announced that a Dragon Quest X beta is opening some time in the middle of this month, and for the lucky people who get selected by a lottery, they'll receive a limited-edition "Dorakii" h...

Raz Rauf

9:00 PM on 11.02.2011

Rocket Slime 3 takes cute adventure to the high seas

Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime 3 might have one of the cutest trailers I have ever seen. The series, which features a slime from the Dragon Quest games as protagonist, is filled with adorable and has the Rocket Slime figh...

Victoria Medina

12:15 PM on 11.01.2011

Dragon Quest 3 Slime Mori Mori commercials are cute

We already knew that upcoming Japanese 3DS title Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3 would be cute, but the new Japanese commercials take cute to a new level. These animated commercials show how the slimes have taken to the ...

Dale North





4:30 PM on 10.19.2011

Dragon Quest X has a bunch of new screenshots

Here is a bunch of screens for Square Enix's kinda-MMO-but-not-really Dragon Quest X. For some reason, Square has a habit of putting out small, poor quality images, so expect it to look a bit better than these shots suggest.&...

Jim Sterling

11:00 PM on 09.29.2011

Take a look at Dragon Quest X's new beasts and classes

Writing that headline made me want to create a game called Beasts and Classes: Beat some Asses!, where you play as a human-type teacher who has to discipline-spank different Pokemon-like students, the ones who didn't do ...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 PM on 09.27.2011

A bunch of Dragon Quest X info has rolled in

Dragon Quest, you guys! Dragon Quest! If the news that the Wii / Wii U title will be largely dependent on online has left you somewhat nervous about the brand's future, hopefully this fresh info from Japan's Jump magazine wil...

Tony Ponce

5:40 AM on 09.13.2011

Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3 screenshots ooze charm

Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3 has made a welcome appearance again as it gears up for release on November 2. These particular Dragon Quest spin-off games are overhead action platformers starring the classic RPG enemy as heroe...

Alex Sargeant

3:30 PM on 09.10.2011

Gold Slimes to celebrate Dragon Quest's 25th anniversary

The Dragon Quest 25th anniversary celebration continues with more goodies that won't be coming to our shores. If you want to join the party, you'll have to shell out some moolah for outrageous shipping or the use of a proxy s...

Tony Ponce



Dragon Quest X must be played online, will have usage fee photo
Dragon Quest X must be played online, will have usage fee
by Jim Sterling

After yesterday's deluge of Dragon Quest X information, it has come to light that, contrary to original reports, Dragon Quest X will require a permanent online connection in order to play. According to Square Enix, only a "few hours" are playable offline. Anything beyond that needs the Internet. 

Furthermore, the game aims to take its new MMO approach to a logical conclusion, with news that Square Enix is charging a subscription for the game. So far, price is yet to be determined.

In Japan, Capcom charges a usage fee for Monster Hunter Tri, offering thirty days of connection for 800 Wii Points and ninety days for 2,000. Interestingly, the charges weren't brought over for the North American version, but there's no indication Square might go a similar route. That said, this game isn't even confirmed for anywhere but Japan yet. 

I like Dragon Quest, but I don't think I like it enough to keep paying for it. What about you? Do you think this is a bold new direction for the series, or a bad idea?

You Can Play A "Few" Hours Of Dragon Quest X Offline [Siliconera]

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Loads and loads of Dragon Quest X info and footage photo
Loads and loads of Dragon Quest X info and footage
by Jonathan Holmes

[Update: We're hearing grumblings that Dragon Quest X may require you to have your console connected to the internet for the majority of the game's running time, even if you're playing single player. More on this as we get it.]

The first footage and details on Dragon Quest X were announced last night. Those of you with ADD, I hope you took your Adderall this morning, because there is a lot of info here.

First up is the announcement that the game follows the MMO-style structure of like Dragon Quest IX, though the game will feature a "huge story", and it's possible to play it to 100% completion off-line. Online does sound like it will be the focus though. You can see other players battling online that aren't in your party, gain fame from other players who use weapons and armor in battle, and even let other players use your character when you're not playing. Like Tony told you last night, there also be new quests added online post launch like in Dragon Quest IX. All this will require Wii owners to use additional USB storage in order to play the game, or they can wait for the enhanced Wii U version to be released at a later date. The Wii U version will be 100% online compatible with the Wii version, so early adopters wont be punished. On top of all that, the game also has 3DS Streetpass compatibility. The game is set for release in 2012, though there will be a online Beta beforehand. 

This sounds like the perfect Wii U game, as most families aren't going to be too psyched about having the living room TV monopolized by little Jimmy (or Satsuke) playing Dragon Quest for +100 hours. 

See the ten minute presentation for the game after the jump, and more details below via GoNintendo. 

Square-Enix's Dragon Quest event - DQX to Wii and Wii U, online, 3DS interactivity [GoNintendo]

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Dragon Quest X still for Wii, will go online photo
Dragon Quest X still for Wii, will go online
by Tony Ponce

[Update: An enhanced Wii U port is also on the way. Read more about that, plus other details, over here.]

Over in Japan right now, Square Enix is holding a Dragon Quest conference in which Dragon Quest X is finally revealed. Disappointing anyone who was hoping for a platform shift, the game is still coming to the Wii. However, the game will now incorporate some MMO elements, allowing you to team up with players online for quests. And before people go "oh no, Wii online, blegh," think back to Monster Hunter Tri. If a third party is bringing the big guns to the Wii, it will make sure the online element WORKS.

Bits we know so far are that this will be the first internally developed Dragon Quest game ever, with a CG intro movie by Square Enix's movie team Visual Works, and that new jobs and quests will be available post-release. Also, battles now take place seemingly in real time, allowing you to actually see your character as you fight. Despite focusing on online, the team promises a robust story.

We'll give you more details in the morning, most likely.

Dragon Quest Press Conference Live Blog [Andriasang]

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10:30 PM on 09.01.2011

Dragon Quest 25th Anniversary Collection ready for Japan

On September 15, Square Enix will release a special, Japan-only Wii collection of the first three Dragon Quest games to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the series. The set compiles both the original NES versions and the SNE...

Raz Rauf



Preview: Fortune Street photo
Preview: Fortune Street
by Chris Pranger

I like to think of myself as a pretty blindly-hardcore Nintendo fanboy. I'm already lined up and allotting money for franchises that really shouldn't still be getting my money. But even I can be surprised now and again by things I find.

While moseying through PAX and by one of Nintendo's handheld lounges, I had to stop and just stare at a game I'd never heard of before: Fortune Street. "What in the hell is Fortune Street?" I asked to no one in particular. Well apparently it's yet another game I'm ready to throw money at. Hit the jump for my full impressions on the sneaky title coming out for the Wii this holiday.

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5:30 PM on 08.03.2011

Dragon Quest gallery on 52nd story of Tokyo high-rise

Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo is one of the most expensive bits of real estate in the world. It's a posh and beautiful area set in one of the world's largest cities, in its financial heart. Square Enix is moving on up i...

Dale North





4:45 PM on 08.03.2011

Dragon Quest gets highly unnecessary 10-CD soundtrack box

Dragon Quest series composer Koichi Sugiyama has always been somewhat of an anomaly in the videogame industry.  A famed composer in Japan even before his scoring the original Dragon Quest back in 1986, Sugiyama is known ...

Jayson Napolitano