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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 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. 

Dragon Quest Monument Erected In Japan  Dragon Quest Monument Erected In Japan 

To mark Dragon Quest’s 30th anniversary, a DQ statue has been erected in Sumoto, Japan.

One Dragon Quest XI Scene Compared On PS4 And 3DS One Dragon Quest XI Scene Compared On PS4 And 3DS

On July 29, Square Enix is releasing Dragon Quest XI in Japan on the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo 3DS. Besides the graphic styles, there are some intrinsic differences that will make the experiences feel different. Namely, screen size.

Dragon Quest VII Puts A Unique Twist On The JRPG Formula Dragon Quest VII Puts A Unique Twist On The JRPG Formula

For many of Dragon Quest VII’s overwhelmingly depressing storylines, I spent time saving and hanging out with people I didn’t give a crap about. It’s not that they were lacking personality or angsty teens that so many JRPG characters embody—no. It’s that they were all really damned mean.

The PS4 and Switch versions of Dragon Quest X have release dates for Japan: DQX for PS4 will be out August 17, while DQX for Switch will be out September 21. No word yet about outside Japan. 

Behold Dragon Quest Rivals. The newly announced “digital card game” is headed to iOS and Android. A closed beta test will be held between June 9 and June 19. No word yet on an international release.

Dragon Quest Slime eyedrops are coming to Japan. Starting later this month, Rohto’s refreshing “Z!” branded eyedrops will be bottled in a cute little Slime container.

Breast-Shaped Cake Made By Dragon Quest Slime Lids Breast-Shaped Cake Made By Dragon Quest Slime Lids

It was inevitable. Someone looked at some Slime shaped lids and thought they might mold some spectacular breast cheese cake.

Sony Is Not Messing Around With This Dragon Quest XI PS4 Sony Is Not Messing Around With This Dragon Quest XI PS4

New Dragon Quest games are always big deals in Japan. And big deals need special edition hardware like this.

The First Special Edition Nintendo 2DS XL Is Beautiful  The First Special Edition Nintendo 2DS XL Is Beautiful 

The 2DS XL was just revealed. But that isn’t stopping Nintendo from announcing the new iteration’s first special edition: a Dragon Quest Metallic Slime 2DS. Just look at it! So lovely.

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