Retro Wrap-Up: Dragon Quest Edition

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

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Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving weekend. It’s three-and-a-half weeks left until Decemberween (no, I will not stop calling it that). Why not pass the time with a little bit of nostalgia. For this week’s Retro Wrap-Up, the Operation Rainfall Retro Commercial Research Team (in other words, me) found a couple commercials for some of the Dragon Quest games that were released internationally. This includes the first installment for the NES, which was called Dragon Warrior at the time.

Of course, there were no commercials for any of the other Dragon Quest games that were released internationally. Not until Dragon Quest VIII, at least.

And, of course, we can’t forget this gem.

Here are the highlights of this past week.

Jonathan Higgins reviews Knack for the PlayStation 4, Tyler Lubben reviews Two Brothers for the PC and Jeff Neuenschwander reviews Defender’s Quest: Valley of the Forgotten for the PC and Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen for the DS in this week’s Retro Review.

Atlus gives us more details about some of their recently announced Persona games, including the PlayStation Vita exclusive Persona 4: Dancing All Night and Persona 5.

Josh Speer recaps this past week of Smash Bros. screenshots in this week’s Smashing Saturdays, with Andy Na discussing his experience playing as Link in this week’s Character of the Week.

Rune Factory and Lufia developer Neverland Company has sadly announced that it will be shutting down.

We take a look at NIS America’s anime output in this week’s Publisher Spotlight.

Famitsu has revealed a new character for Guilty Gear Xrd –SIGN- known as Bedman.

Sharla decides to join Shulk and Reyn on their quest in the latest chapter of Charlotte Buckingham’s Xenoblade Novelisation.

Square Enix has finally released Final Fantasy IV: The After Years 3D Remake for both iOS and Android.

Finally, Jonathan Higgins listed his Top 10 favorite Legend of Zelda games of all time.

About Kyle Emch

Kyle has been studying music at college for about three years now. He's played the piano since he was 6 years old and has been recently been learning how to write music. He has followed the Operation Rainfall movement on Facebook since it started and was happy to volunteer for the website. Just don't mention Earthbound or the Mother franchise around him.

  • Lightthrower

    Dragon Quest is dead here now though…. no DQX, no DQ7 remake….. we’re doomed 🙁

    • lordroto

      lol just because there’s been 2 years without a new title doesn’t mean it’s dead. Look how long it took Nintendo to bring Earthbound back over seas, like over 15 years earthbound fans waited to play it again on an available format that wasn’t emulation. Besides, we’re going to get an announcement on DQ titles in the near future.

    • Lightthrower

      Bringing back Earthbound via virtual console isn’t really “bringing it over seas”. If they translated Mother 3, that would’ve been impressive, but VC Earthbound? nah. I really wish that they’d bring more RPGs over here, but they seem reluctant.

    • KiTA

      Heck, they haen’t even brought over VC Dragon Quest yet, so… 🙁

    • lordroto

      They don’t like putting much effort into the DQ series overseas lol. The old games haven’t come over because they don’t feel bothered to update the copyright and localization of the older games. A.K.A. their english versions are still under the Dragon Warrior names. So it makes sense that they haven’t put them out since they’d have to localize them from scratch and everything. And it is unfortunate to be the case, but they don’t know how to market the series. Nintendo does, but Nintendo always has a lot on their plate, it’s not easy for them to take away their own resources to help put over what is a niche series lol. I still have all the old copies and play em on my gameboy every now and then. It sure would be nice if they gave them the VC treatment XD

    • lordroto

      well they don’t sell very well, and RPGs take time to bring over with their absurd amount of text. For the past few years Nintendo has been helping Square push out Bravely Default. So once that’s done I’m pretty sure we’ll see some DQ related news pop up.