Dragon Quest VII coming to Nintendo 3DS

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Dragon Quest VII coming to Nintendo 3DS

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The best news last week was that a 65 year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger is reprising his role as Conan the Barbarian in an upcoming film. The best news this week? Dragon Quest VII, a much debated and eternally long volume in the much-loved RPG series, will be coming to Nintendo 3DS early next year. In Japan.

Even the synopsis, taken from the original Playstation release, is charming:

You play the role of a 16 year old boy who lives in the village of Fishbell and aspires to be a great fisherman, like your father Borkano. Once The Hero and his friends Keifer and Maribell start exploring Estard Island, they discover that there used to be more to the world than just their small piece of land. The trio will have to collect ancient tablet shards and use them to revive the lost continents, uncover why they were lost, and who erased them to begin with.

This immediately leaps to the top of my list of most anticipated games. Based on the above scan, the release appears to be a full-on remake, much needed for one of the ugliest (if charming) games of all time. Though this has only been announced for a Japanese release, the previous Nintendo DS remakes of Dragon Quest‘s 4-5 were well received in North America and sold respectably, suggesting that an announcement of an overseas release is likely an inevitability. At least, that’s what I like to tell myself.

One thought on “Dragon Quest VII coming to Nintendo 3DS”

  1. Joe Sherry says:

    Given that Square-Enix is unlikely to port DQVII over to the PSN and I seem to be continually disinclined to turn on my Playstation (which is still sitting next to my tv), this is almost enough to get me to consider picking up a 3DS at some point – even though my DS hasn’t gotten much use in the last year.

    I started DQVII back on the PSX, but never progressed very far because I’m sure I got distracted by something (probably the PS2).

    Which reminds me, I need to finish up DQVI. And Play IV and V (all of which i own for the DS).

    Moral of the story: MORE DRAGON QUEST!!!

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