Nintendo Direct March 3 Wish List: Lots of Dragon Quest VII

Nintendo Direct March 3 Wish List: Lots of Dragon Quest VII

Games are the focus of Nintendo's upcoming Direct, and it makes sense for the 3DS adaptation of Dragon Quest VII to get plenty of attention.

If you're a Nintendo fan, you'll want to drop in tomorrow when Nintendo brings the latest news about the 3DS and Wii U "Directly" to you.

This particular Nintendo Direct starts at 2 PM PST / 5 PM EST. Amusingly, the presentation's placeholder screen notes viewers shouldn't expect any news about NX or Nintendo's mobile plans. The press release, which was distributed by Nintendo earlier this morning, makes the same statement.

Nintendo obviously has no reason to pull a "Gotcha!" by feeding us the NX reveal after explicitly stating it won't. What's on the menu, then?

Nintendo's official release calendar has some clues. We can bet on Star Fox Zero Wii U news now that the game has a confirmed launch date (April 22), and Nintendo probably wants to show off some new and revised features since the title was delayed last holiday to undergo renovations.

Coming to Nintendo Direct: The Muppet Show

We'll probably also see some more footage of Pokken Tournament for Wii U, which is due out this month and will be on tap at EVO 2016 this summer.

Speaking of summer, the Olympics are coming. That means we're likely to learn more about rivals Mario and Sonic slugging each other in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the Wii U.

But if you're more of a Nintendo 3DS fan, or you just dig RPGs, Nintendo's handheld may wind up stealing the spotlight in this Direct. Bravely Second: End Layer is due out on April 15, and Nintendo is sure to parade the finished, polished product.

With any luck, Bravely Second won't be the only Square-Enix RPG to show off its plumage. Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past is due on the Nintendo 3DS this summer, and it's a biggie.

The star of the show?

In fact, Nintendo would be wise to give Dragon Quest VII a bit of an extra push via its Direct presentations. The Dragon Quest fandom is a small but dedicated group, but Dragon Quest VII is a game that many of us missed out on. It wasn't marketed particularly well when it came to North America, and, let's face it, its original PlayStation iteration isn't the prettiest RPG in the universe.

By contrast, previously-released Dragon Quest games are available to English-speaking audiences via some excellent Nintendo DS remakes (and their subsequent mobile ports). And Dragon Quest VIII is that one Dragon Quest game everyone seems to have thanks to a strong marketing campaign, the popularity of the PlayStation 2, and the game's reasonable price tag on the secondary market.

Dragon Quest VII is a bit of a mystery. A bit of a gap. Hopefully Nintendo will start filling it in with this upcoming Direct.

Remember: March 3, 2 PM PST / 5 PM EST. There be dragons, maybe.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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