The First Three Dragon Quests Finally Leave Their Mobile Prison For Switch

The First Three Dragon Quests Finally Leave Their Mobile Prison For Switch

Erdrick's violent kids are about to run rampant on your Switch.

A Dragon Quest draws near! Make that three Dragon Quests. Earlier today, Square Enix announced Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest 2, and Dragon Quest 3 are getting a Western release on the Nintendo Switch later this month.

The three RPGs were confirmed for Japan during the September 4 Nintendo Direct presentation. An English-speaking Dragon Quest fan wondered if there's a chance the trilogy would step outside of Asia, and according to Square Enix's Twitter account, it's set to happen.

"Find out where it all began - the first three #DragonQuest games are coming to North America, and for the first time on console in Europe, on #NintendoSwitch," the tweet reads. "You can start with any of the three games, so get ready for classic adventures from September 27th."

Though Japan gets a retail option that collects all three games onto one card, there's no word on a physical release for North America. (Yet.) According to a press release distributed by Square Enix, the first Dragon Quest can be downloaded for $4.99 USD, the second for $6.49 USD, and the third for $12.49 USD. All three games feature revised high-definition graphics, though animated enemy sprites don't seem to be on the menu. This is a bit of a shame, since the Japan exclusive remake of Dragon Quest 3 for the Super Famicom and the Game Boy Color adaptation of the same feature animated sprites.

It's still good to have the earliest Dragon Quest games on Western consoles. Until now, your best bet for enjoying English language versions of Dragon Quest through Dragon Quest 3 was to download the games on mobile—or pay high eBay prices for the NES games. You probably already have Dragon Quest on NES, though. Everyone did. If older games aren't your jam, the brand-spanking-new (for Switch, anyway) Dragon Quest 11 S is also coming to Switch on September 27.

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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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