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Dragon Quest VIII Comes to 3DS on January 20

The next title in Dragon Quest's 3DS revival is Journey of the Cursed King.

News by Mike Williams, .

After a delay back in September, Nintendo announced today that Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King will be coming to Nintendo 3DS on January 20, 2017. The title was originally released on PlayStation 2 and the 3DS version brings a classic back with more sidequests and two new playable characters. (Red and Morrie, who were previously NPCs.)

"As players dive into the rich story of Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, whether they're visiting for the first time or coming back to relive the adventure all over again, they can enjoy full voice acting in all plot-important cutscenes, and new story content that will provide more back story about The Hero and the villainous Dhoulmagus. Further additions include additional quests to complete and dungeons to explore, and even a new alternative ending," said Nintendo in its press release.

The remake has some new features to streamline the overall play experience. There's a new Quick Save, letting players save and exit at any time. A Speed Up mode allows battles to move much, much faster.

There's also the brand-new Photo mode, allowing players to stop the game and take a picture of their current adventure. While taking a picture, the photos can be customized with special poses, filters, stickers, and frames. The images can be saved to the 3DS' SD card and shared via StreetPass. Once on StreetPass, these photos can earn accolades from other players, giving you new items. In addition, once players meet Cameron Obscura in Port Prospect, they'll open a new game mode called Cameron's Codex, where you'll be rewarded for taking pictures of specific subjects, monsters, and situations.

I'm looking forward to revisiting the only Dragon Quest game I've ever played. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is coming to 3DS on January 20, 2017.

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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #1 cldmstrsn A year ago
    Wow! I didnt expect it so soon. So excited to grab this. Viva la DQ revolucion!
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  • Avatar for moochan #2 moochan A year ago
    Early birthday present to me (Birthday is January 30th). Now if only I can finish one of the other games on my list (DQ7, DQ Builders, World of Final Fantasy and Pokemon) before Jan 20
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #3 cldmstrsn A year ago
    @moochan That is an incredibly tall order! my birthday is in january as well so i definitely know what im getting :)
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  • Avatar for kevinbowyer34 #4 kevinbowyer34 A year ago
    Amazibg to get this many DQ games so quickly. Hope i have DQ builders finished by then!
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  • Avatar for The-Mike-Staub #5 The-Mike-Staub A year ago
    Oh yes...looks like I should finish VII first.
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  • Avatar for broccolope #6 broccolope A year ago
    Cameron Obscura..?

    Classic.
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  • Avatar for InsertTokenz #7 InsertTokenz A year ago
    @cldmstrsn Ha! My birthday too. :)
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  • Avatar for neostryder #8 neostryder A year ago
    Gotta double down on my VII playing now. I don't think I'm even halfway yet. >.<
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  • Avatar for PlatypusPlatoon #9 PlatypusPlatoon A year ago
    Quick save is huge as a feature, as I remember some of the latter dungeons in this game taking at least an hour long, without any save points inside. Those dungeons were something I was able to sit down, put aside some time for, and plough through in my youth, but I imagine it's simply impractical for the vast majority of gamers. Speed Up mode is probably really important, too - anything to get the length of this game down from 100+ hours to something a little more manageable!Edited November 2016 by PlatypusPlatoon
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  • Avatar for Godots17thCup #10 Godots17thCup A year ago
    Oh wow, that's great news! I wasn't really expecting it until maybe February/March.
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  • Avatar for ghostsandgoblins #11 ghostsandgoblins A year ago
    Would folks recommend VII or VIII if a player is new to DQ?
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #12 cldmstrsn A year ago
    @ghostsandgoblins I would recommend both! haha but maybe go with VIII.
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  • Avatar for GeoX #13 GeoX A year ago
    I'll admit I've been enjoying the DQVII remake; in fact, I've liked ALL the DQ remakes. I think I might skip this one, though. It just feels like the difference between the 3DS and PS2 are such that it's not going to be a very different experience, and as much as I like the series, I'm not THAT enthralled with the idea of bits and pieces of extra stuff.

    OH, WHO AM I KIDDING? Sure I say that NOW, but me breaking down in the end is all but inevitable.
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #14 cldmstrsn A year ago
    @GeoX im glad you can see reason now ;) Im not saying you shouldnt get it but i made a pledge to myself that if square brings any DQ games or DQ related games that i would buy it simply because i want them to know that yes I want DQ games here in the west!Edited 2 times. Last edited November 2016 by cldmstrsn
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  • Avatar for vincentgoodwin88 #15 vincentgoodwin88 A year ago
    @ghostsandgoblins Despite 8 being the only one I haven't played in the series, I'd say 8. 7 is...difficult to get into. I played it a few times on PS1 and found it really dull. It's better on the 3DS, but I have to imagine 8 is better.

    I'd say do 9, 4, or 5 on the original DS too.
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  • Avatar for TernBird #16 TernBird A year ago
    Two new party members makes this the version of DQVIII to own! :D
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  • Avatar for nadiaoxford #17 nadiaoxford A year ago
  • Avatar for ghostsandgoblins #18 ghostsandgoblins A year ago
    Thanks to everyone who responded
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  • Avatar for ghostsandgoblins #19 ghostsandgoblins A year ago
    Thanks to everyone who responded
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  • Avatar for Captain-Gonru #20 Captain-Gonru A year ago
  • Avatar for Kadrom #21 Kadrom A year ago
    I'm still salty about the removal of the orchestral soundtrack, especially since the US version was the first to have it in the first place. Wish they would have just paid Sugiyama.
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  • Avatar for Frosty840 #22 Frosty840 A year ago
    Oddly, I find the camera angles in the above screenshots very off-putting.
    I've been rather appreciating my "return" to overhead worlds while playing DQ7. Despite the somewhat flaky camera it's liberating to have the whole world laid out beneath you and nice, chunky "tiles" to walk around.
    Over-the-shoulder and over-the-top-of-your-head viewpoints have never been my thing in most games and particularly not in RPGs. Action games tend to give you just enough extra movement options to give you a bit of mobility, but in RPGs you're basically playing Baldur's Gate with Resident Evil-style tank controls, and I'm not sure I care for it here. If the game tries to encourage the same "break every box, talk to every villager" gameplay style of DQ7 I'm sure the camera from those screenshots is going to drag my enjoyment of the game right down...

    Does anyone know if the camera can be zoomed out far enough to give a more DQ7-style of camera/control?
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  • Avatar for FirLocke #23 FirLocke A year ago
    Oh man, another awesome game at the beginning of next year. Will have to wait on this one as my heart lies with Gravity Rush, but it will definitely be acquired later. DQVII is actually getting me into Dragon Quest (after trying ever since VIII on PS2 came out) and I'm really looking forward to DQXI now!

    Viva la JRPG revolucion, Persona 5, Dragon Quest, FFXV, Ni No Kuni II
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