The Dragon Quest series has seen something of a boon when it comes to the Nintendo Switch audience. Both Dragon Quest Builder games saw smash hit launches on the platform, the protagonist of Dragon Quest XI (Hero) got inducted into the Super Smash Bros. roster, and that game will also be seeing a juiced-up re-release coming its way in the near future. With so much Dragon Quest love going on, it only makes sense for publisher/developer Square Enix to push the series even further for everyone. Announced just the other day, Square Enix revealed that the first three games in the Dragon Quest series are all heading to Nintendo Switch the same day as Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition (what a mouthful!).


The first three Dragon Quest games comprise Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest 2: Luminaries of the Legendary Line, and Dragon Quest 3: The Seeds of Salvation. All three released during the latter half of the 1980s, and while that would lead you to expect these ports to sport their older, more pixelated graphics, that won't be the case this time around. All three games are utilizing an updated art style that was used in mobile ports they had received in earlier years, polishing it all up and making the experience look a little more modern. The games are loosely related in the story department; 2 takes place one hundred years after the first one, for example, and 3 takes place in a different land entirely. This release was originally planned to be Japan-exclusive, something they discussed during their Japanese Nintendo Direct. Good to see minds changed! But the question is, will we see the other Dragon Quest games eventually make their way to Switch as well?

Dragon Quest XI, as mentioned, is getting a beefier re-release on the Switch. The game proper has been out since mid-2018 on a variety of platforms, but Switch owners will be able to gain bragging rights with XI S, as it features a lot of cool additions not seen in the vanilla release. Some of these additions include Japanese voice acting, new music, new story elements, and a fun little 16-bit pixelated mode; the entire game can be played this way! This latter feature was actually adapted from the 3DS version of the game, which released exclusively in Japan and basically serves as a retro-styled version of the full game, tickling the nostalgia in us all. If you're keen to try out all this new stuff for yourself, the game has a meaty demo already on the Switch eShop; it takes around 3 hours to complete, spanning the beginning of the game. We don't have much longer to wait for it anymore, after all.


Both Dragon Quest XI S and the first three Dragon Quest games will release to Nintendo Switch on September 27th. The first Dragon Quest will cost $4.99, while 2 will run you $6.49, and 3 will come in at the most expensive for $12.49. With so many games to play, it won't be hard for newer fans to get into the series, giving them an easy way to play the games where they all began. It will also be entertaining for veteran fans of the series. With this announcement, Square Enix has really been on a roll lately. The studio has been rather active lately thanks to the timing of Tokyo Game Show, which always serves as their annual outlet to reveal exciting news like this. You can check out the latest trailer for Dragon Quest XI's Switch edition down below! All four games are only a week away, meaning we'll get to enjoy the stories of both the Hero and the Erdrick trilogy in no time at all.


Tanner is a freelance writer. He enjoys all things video games, particularly the weirder ones, and can often be found drinking coffee and trying to get through his backlog.

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