(Japan) Dragon Quest I–VIII and New Dragon Quest Monsters Coming to Smartphones

Monday, October 7th, 2013

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A new website has cropped up today, and it’s come from Square Enix. It appears as though the first eight Dragon Quest games will soon be releasing on smartphones in the land of the rising sun. They will be availble on both iOS and Android devices.

The first of these eight Dragon Quest games will be releasing on Japanese smartphones this Winter, and from there will trickle in over time. There’s been no word on a Western release.

On top of that, yet another Dragon Quest website has opened up. This one is a teaser for a new Dragon Quest Monsters game, this one also for smartphones. It’s titled Dragon Quest Monsters Super Light, and as the title suggests, is designed to be a lighter RPG, built for a platform not as powerful as others.

Dragon Quest Smartphones - Dragon Warrior Monsters

Once again, it will be available for iOS and Android, and nothing has been said of a release in the West.

What do all of you make of this? Does anyone want these to be made available for those of us in the West? Let us know in the comments below!

Thanks for the translation Will!

  • Kosse Moore

    ummmmm Dragon Warrior is what the west called dragon quest until dragon VIII on ps2. Japan has always called this series dragon quest , not dragon warrior.

    • Charlotte Buckingham

      You are correct, sorry about that. It’s been fixed now.

  • VideoWizard

    It’s known as Dragon Warrior in the US and Dragon Quest in Japan. Not the other way around. An easy mistake. Anyway, how is DQ8 going to work out on a smartphone unless SE uses the DQ7 engine?

    • Charlotte Buckingham

      My bad! Thanks for pointing it out. 😀 It’s been fixed.

    • An Tran

      I don’t see how it can’t. High end SoCs from 2010 (considered low end today) can put out graphics that are roughly equivalent to PS2 graphics. SoCs from 2011 do a better job of that and can even go beyond the Wii in certain respects. As reference, this year’s best SoCs like the nvidia Tegra 4 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 can easily beat out the Vita in processor and graphics output. It’ll probably be a year before you see any games on Android that make good use of those chips though. And by then, we might be getting the Tegra 5, which nvidia is aiming to be better than the PS3 (their words, not mine; they made PS3’s GPU, so they probably know what they’re talking about).

  • Charlotte Buckingham

    I feel it’s worth noting that when Yoichi Wada resigned, at around the same time, Squeenix stated that they’d be focussing on mobile gaming, presumably for the sake of money.

    I don’t mind mobile gaming (thank you indies and Kemco), but I DON’T like to see damned mobile ports of everything all over the place. They would be much better served with a VC or PSN release.

    This company lost me with that TWEWY port for smartphones. I covered that for this site, and when the countdown stopped, I actually had to stop and get a cuddle from my boyfriend to keep the article neutral in tone. Otherwise I would have lashed out in the article. >_>

    Bravely Default = Good

    This shit = Bugger off

    • madmofo145

      I agree, if this was happening in conjunction with a release on VC or PSN I’d be a bit happier, but to put the time into getting each of these to work on mobile while ignoring traditional consoles is annoying, especially since I can’t imagine they are making that much off of these releases. The mobile market is over saturated, and mobile gamers spoiled. They are too used to $5 being a high value purchase, with $1 being a far more common price point. I’ve seen no evidence that Squares very expensive mobile games are actually selling, while there is plenty of evidence that “games” like All The Bravest are doing a good job of sullying Squares reputation with it’s fan base.

      That’s the confusing thing, we know that things like the countdown to an iOS port of TWEWY have angered gamers, and since Square has embraced mobile they’ve seen huge losses in profit. They are convinced that gamers simply don’t want big console games, and refuse to accept that maybe the problem is that they are putting to much money into each big console game, and not releasing enough of them. The fact that Tomb Raiders 4+ million copies sold is disappointing shows the problem they face. They need to work on some smaller console projects, ones that don’t need to be purchased by every gamer on the planet to be profitable, instead of accepting moderate profits on mobile games that cost almost nothing to make.

  • Thomas Johnson

    What a coincidence. I’m just about to finish DQ1 for the first time on my NES.

  • An Tran

    Just be sure to include gamepad support SE.

  • smacd

    I don’t expect to see these come west. Squeenix appears to have abandoned Dragon Quest out here. Again.

    Anyway, I’d rather hear the four 3DS get a release here before some iOS/Android ports. We still are waiting for DQ7, DQM, DQM2, and Pirate Slime to come this way.

  • TrueWiiMaster

    I honestly have no interest until they release these games on the 3DS or Wii U in the West. Square Enix needs to put there focus back on gamers and less on smartphones.

  • Tara

    I’d love to see Dragon Quest games on 3DS, Squeenix. *hint, hint*

    … but in all honesty, I don’t really see now this could be remotely enjoyable on a smartphone. I realize they could obviously make everything so you can tap and go to it, tap to talk to people… where is the fun there? It has become a point-and-click adventure game that way. (Which I don’t mind Point-and-click adventure games, I’m a big fan of Ace Attorney, the Hotel Dusk series (all two of those) and the couple Telltale Point-and-clicks I’ve played.) I just really don’t think Dragon Quest lends itself well to that format. Virtual buttons are about as fun as they sound, if they go that route.

    I’m just hoping we see Dragon Quest VII on 3DS in the west at some point. Honestly, I could bitch about this until the sun goes down (and even until it comes back up again) but I honestly already own all of the games in the series in some form anyway. (I-III on GBC, IV-VI on DS, VII on PS1, VIII on PS2, and IX on DS, as well as the various spinoffs on their respective platforms.) So I am not really gonna be ultimately hurt by this, except in the fact that I think Squeenix is killing the fanbase for the series with moves like this. I’m outright passing on X, but I’d like to see Dragon Quest XI someday.

  • Stealth

    upsetting to say the least

  • icedearthaholic

    SE seems to be making a bunch of bad decisions of late. Seriously, what is up with this crap? Where’s the Dragon Quest VII 3DS remake? Hell, if it weren’t for Nintendo, we wouldn’t have even had a chance to play Bravely Default (a game I plan on reserving ASAP), it’s as if they’ve abandoned traditional RPGs altogether, which saddens me.