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.
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.
In Osaka’s geek district Den Den Town, one Lawson convenience stores is covered in Dragon Quest XI.
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…
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).
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.
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.
So far, the breakout Dragon Quest XI character is Martina. She kicks ass, spawns hearts and is already inspiring fan art and cosplay.
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 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.
To mark Dragon Quest’s 30th anniversary, a DQ statue has been erected in Sumoto, Japan.
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.
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.
It was inevitable. Someone looked at some Slime shaped lids and thought they might mold some spectacular breast cheese cake.