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In Space Channel 5 and Dragon Quest VR, The Hero Is You In Space Channel 5 and Dragon Quest VR, The Hero Is You

When I was in sixth grade, my best friend at the time penned a short story for a school assignment that was titled “The Video Game That Sucked Me Into It.” We did not have the lingo of “self-insert fanfiction” or “Mary Sue” at the time—I’m pretty sure neither of us even had an America Online account at this point—but…

Politician Made Anti-LGBTQ Comments On Dragon Quest Composer's TV Show Politician Made Anti-LGBTQ Comments On Dragon Quest Composer's TV Show

Japanese politician Mio Sugita has made international news due to her anti-LGBTQ comments on a television show. The program is co-hosted by Koichi Sugiyama, who composes music for the Dragon Quest games.

Yesterday Was Dragon Quest Day In Japan Yesterday Was Dragon Quest Day In Japan

The first Dragon Quest game went on sale in Japan on May 27, 1986. To mark the occasion, Square Enix has registered the day as a holiday. Yesterday, was Dragon Quest Day!

Dragon Quest X Director Jin Fujisawa Is Leaving Square Enix  Dragon Quest X Director Jin Fujisawa Is Leaving Square Enix 

Jin Fujisawa has worked on the Dragon Quest series for around two decades. Today on Twitter, he announced he’s leaving Square Enix.

Dragon Quest VR is coming to VR Zone Shinjuku later this month, allowing DQ fans to explore the famed role-playing game series like never before. Check out those shield peripherals!

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age will be out September 4 on PS4 and PC. The game released last summer in Japan on PS4 and 3DS but the North American release will be an upgraded version including a new hard mode, camera mode, improved graphics, an overhauled UI, and dashing.

When Ni no Kuni II Sounds Like Dragon Quest, It Gets YouTube Dislikes When Ni no Kuni II Sounds Like Dragon Quest, It Gets YouTube Dislikes

The latest Japanese commercial for Ni no Kuni II appears to be backfiring on Twitter and, as of posting, has racked up 847 dislikes compared to 188 likes. What gives? Blame the music.

Dragon Quest Builders: The Kotaku Review Dragon Quest Builders: The Kotaku Review

Here is how I play Minecraft: Step one: find a tree. Step two: build a house. Step three: walk in one direction for five minutes. Step four: get bored, turn off the game. If only there was something like Minecraft, but with tangible goals. And if only it was also… a JRPG?

Dragon Quest Builders comes to the Switch on February 9. The Minecraft-style building RPG was one of several Kotaku writers’ favorite games of 2016, and we’re ready to play it all over again in 2018.

Japanese Role-Playing Game Trend: Big Sister Characters Japanese Role-Playing Game Trend: Big Sister Characters

Have you noticed? Some of the biggest recent Japanese role-playing games feature older sister type characters instead of predominately kid sister ones popular in years past.

Japanese Convenience Store Dresses Up In Dragon Quest XI Japanese Convenience Store Dresses Up In Dragon Quest XI

In Osaka’s geek district Den Den Town, one Lawson convenience stores is covered in Dragon Quest XI.

Why Dragon Quest Is The Best Game Series Ever, According To Me Personally

I love Dragon Quest. It’s my favorite game series. In the old days, Dragon Quest games were scarce here in the U.S., and while Square-Enix has done their best to rectify the scarcity, they’re still not as explosively popular as they are in Japan. I wish they were more popular, so I could talk to more people about…

Watch Me Open A Big Box Of Dragon Quest XI, Fresh From Japan

I spent way too much money on Dragon Quest XI merchandise. Dragon Quest being my favorite game franchise, and a numbered installment in the series being a rare event, I found it appropriate to splurge. In the video above, watch what $600 got me.

In Japan, Square Enix announced Dragon Quest I, II and III for PS4 and 3DS downloads. DQI and II will be released on August 10 for 600 yen ($5.40) and 850 yen ($7.70) respectively, while DQIII will be out later this month for 1,500 yen ($13.54). 

A Very Good Final Fantasy Trailer

Square Enix’s long-running Itadaki Street series (basically a take on Monopoly) has a new game coming out to celebrate the 30th anniversaries of both Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest (though the latter’s 30th was actually last year). Its trailer sure is something.

Goodness, Dragon Quest XI Sold A Buttload In Japan  Goodness, Dragon Quest XI Sold A Buttload In Japan 

In its first two days on sale, the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS versions of Dragon Quest XI are estimated to have sold a combined 2,080,806 copies at retail. Damn.

The Dragon Quest XI Character Japan Has Fallen In Love With The Dragon Quest XI Character Japan Has Fallen In Love With

So far, the breakout Dragon Quest XI character is Martina. She kicks ass, spawns hearts and is already inspiring fan art and cosplay.

Long Lines And Sell-Outs For Dragon Quest XI In Japan  Long Lines And Sell-Outs For Dragon Quest XI In Japan 

Water is wet. Sugar is sweet. And Japan loves Dragon Quest. In the least surprising news of the weekend, the latest DQ release drew long lines. At some locations, the game sold out.

Dragon Quest XI Coming West Next Year Dragon Quest XI Coming West Next Year

Dragon Quest XI comes out today in Japan, and to celebrate, creator Yuji Horii announced plans to bring it to English as Dragon Quest XI: Echoes Of An Elusive Age. There’s no word on which platforms it’ll hit, but publisher Square Enix says it’ll be out in 2018.

Here’s Dragon Quest XI’s remote play on a PS Vita. Looks nice, no? Ditto for the Slime nails. DQXI will be released tomorrow in Japan on the PS4 and the Nintendo 3DS. 

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