Enix Corporation’s Dragon Quest series is known worldwide as the father of the Japanese Role Playing Game (JRPG). And now Square Enix has announced that the first three games of the iconic series are coming to the Nintendo Switch. The three games will drop on North American Switch consoles on September 27, 2019. It was revealed last week that the three games would be hitting Japanese Switch consoles, but this is the first time that a western release has been announced.
Dragon Quest was originally released on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) back in 1988 under the westernized name, Dragon Warrior. The two sequels followed, also on the NES, but Enix skipped the Super Nintendo console for western audiences and never released another game until Dragon Quest VII on the original PlayStation.
You can start with any of the three games, so get ready for classic adventures from September 27th. pic.twitter.com/iPklL1k0uv
— DRAGON QUEST (@DragonQuest) September 16, 2019
Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line, and Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation will be sold separately in the Nintendo eShop. The prices for the three games differ; the first game will retail for $4.99, the sequel will retail for $6.49, and the third game — arguably the best game of the three part Eldrick Saga, and one of the best and deepest JRPGs ever — will retail for $12.49. There’s no word on if Square Enix plans to sell them in one package, but for now, we’ll take what we can get.
The Dragon Quest series has been available in other forms over the years, particularly on GameBoy systems and on iPhone and Android. Most recently, the epic JRPGs have been available on mobile, but it never quite had the same feel or experience as the full-fledged console versions.
It’s important to note that the Dragon Quest games on the Switch will be ports of the mobile games, so don’t expect 8-bit presentations and MIDI-level orchestrations. This can be good news or bad news, depending on your level of experience with the early days of the iconic franchise.
The classic Dragon Quest games on the Switch will be released the same day as Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age S is released on the popular Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. By all measures, September 27 is turning into an unofficial “DQ Day” for fans of classic JRPG action, and Square Enix has fans covered. Stick with us as we will have reviews of all four games shortly after launch.