Dragon Quest VIII 3DS Remake Does Not Include 3D Support

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

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Dragon Quest VIII: No 3D Required

The latest issue of Famitsu magazine reveals one piece of new information: the upcoming Dragon Quest VIII remake on the 3DS will not support the system’s¬†stereoscopic 3D features. Some will be upset the remake turns off the one feature to define the 3DS, while others will be fine with Square Enix’s choice to disable the 3D slider. It’s not the first game to disable 3D as other games have disabled the feature for at least part of the time.¬†Dragon Quest VIII will also have new scenarios not found in the original PlayStation 2 version.

Do you think it is important for every game on the 3DS to use the system’s 3D features? Or do you think the feature is not too important? Share us your thoughts below.


  • PanurgeJr

    It’s not that important, and it won’t affect my decision to buy or not, but I just don’t see the point of not including 3D. I can’t imagine the PS2 and 3DS are similar enough that adding 3D drastically increases the work required, and turn-based RPGs don’t strike me as requiring much processing power. Seems a waste to omit it.

    • Infophile

      As I mentioned in another comment (leaving a note here so you’ll be notified too), Pokemon X/Y/OR/AS apparently ran into a technical barrier on the 3DS – 3D was enabled in battles and some indoor maps, but not on outdoor maps. So it does seem to be something of an issue.

    • Marcus J. Hopkins

      That issue was not present, however, in the release of Dragon Quest VII, although it was a complete remake. In fact, it was remade to more resemble DQ VIII’s overworld travel (likely as a test project for 3DS remake).

      DQ VIII’s overworld travel, however, is already established to be in a design that could (relatively) easily be graphically altered to provide the illusion of 3D.

  • Lord Ackercocke

    That’s a stupid decision. Now that I have a New 3DS i’m luving the 3D visuals. Players should have at least been given the choice to turn it on or off. I still have my PS2 copy so it depends now on how much they are adding to the story. DQVIII went from “must have” to “not quite sure” status in my eyes.

    • Infophile

      It might be a technical issue that prevents it. This is apparently what happened with Pokemon X/Y/OR/AS – 3D was enabled in battles and some indoor maps, but not on outdoor maps.

  • Louis Polite

    It doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things to get great games on the system, however, the system is called the 3DS. Nintendo from the start said the games would be in 3D, now all of a sudden there’s some major titles that won’t have 3D support on it? That feels like a backhand and feels bogus. When you take away the 3D support of a 3DS game, you’re practically down to a DS (even though the 3DS capabilities are much higher). I’m not asking for much but can you at least go the lazy Tales of the Abyss route and just throw some stereoscopic screens in and call it a day. It especially sucks if you’re one of the 3DS players who constantly play with the 3D on all the time.

  • TrueWiiMaster

    It wouldn’t affect my purchase, if this comes West. I’d rather get DQVII though.

  • Griever

    I only require the English “feature” for my Dragon Quest games. Apparently, I’m asking too much.