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.