It’s a huge day for Dragon Quest fans on Switch….the first three games in the series have all been released simultaneously on the platform. Head to the Eshop now and you’ll find DRAGON QUEST ($4.99), DRAGON QUEST II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line ($6.49) and DRAGON QUEST III: The Seeds of Salvation ($12.49). Why the price increases? It’s lost on me.
The games originally appeared on the NES back in the early 90s under the title Dragon Warrior, due to a trademark dispute in the States. While today both Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy are produced by the same company, DQ is a more traditional series compared to the “realistic” and constantly changing Final Fantasy. The standard Hero’s Journey plotline rarely changes, the enemies (frequetly smiling blobs of slime) never change, and the charming art by Akira Toriyama remains the series’ signature look.
The iconic Erdrick trilogy begins in the acclaimed DRAGON QUEST where players begin their voyage as the “Hero,” a descendent of the valiant hero Erdrick in an epic journey through the historic realm of Alefgard. DRAGON QUEST II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line takes place a century later, where the young prince of Midenhall embarks on a journey to find the other two descendants of Erdrick in order to defeat the nefarious Hargon. The third and final title in the Erdrick trilogy, DRAGON QUEST III: The Seeds of Salvation, takes players through the land of Aliahan, where a young hero has been charged with an impossible task of slaying Baramos, the master of darkness.
All this sounds great, but is there any catch? Kinda….these games are not the NES originals, but the washed-out mobile ports of them, meaning they may not be visually pleasing to some customers. If you’re the type who doesn’t care, Dragon Quest 1, 2 & 3 are now purchasable on the Nintendo eShop.