Dragon Quest’s Long History With Nintendo
Now that Dragon Quest XI is out in Japan (with a Switch version to follow at a later date) and an international release has been announced for 2018, let’s take a look at the series overall. Dragon Quest might not be the first series people associate with Nintendo, but it has actually had a long history on Nintendo consoles.
Dragon Quest – The original Dragon Quest came out for the NES in 1986 and was localized as Dragon Warrior in 1989. Since then, it has been ported several times, including a localized Game Boy Color port.
Dragon Quest II – The second game in the series followed a similar release pattern, with an initial release on the NES, a Game Boy Color port, and a few other versions.
Dragon Quest III – Likewise, the third entry was released for the same systems. These three original games, which are part of the same story, are being re-released yet again in Japan this month.
Dragon Quest IV – The fourth game also came out for the NES. It was remade twice, first for the PlayStation and then for the Nintendo DS.
Dragon Quest V – The next game followed in 1992, but no version of Dragon Quest V would be released outside of Japan until the DS remake. The remake was incredibly popular, and many fans consider it to be one of the best RPGs available on the DS.
Dragon Quest VI – In a similar pattern, Dragon Quest VI came out in Japan in 1995 but wasn’t localized. When it was remake for the DS like its predecessor, that version was finally localized.
But after that, the Dragon Quest series moved away from Nintendo. Dragon Quest VII only came out for the PlayStation. Dragon Quest VIII came out for the PlayStation 2. Then, after several years with nothing…
Dragon Quest IX – Dragon Quest IX came out exclusively for the Nintendo DS. While it had more of a focus on character creation and multiplayer interaction than past games in the series, it was incredibly popular.
Dragon Quest X – The next game in the series was a full MMORPG released for the Wii. Since then, it has received numerous ports (including to the 3DS and Wii U), and a Switch version is on the way. No version of Dragon Quest X has been released outside of Japan.
Now, when we look at the series’ history up until now, wasn’t it about due for more remakes?
Dragon Quest VII – Although Dragon Quest VII initially skipped Nintendo consoles, it was remade for the 3DS in 2013. Since it was a massive game, localization was not planned… but enough feedback from international fans convinced Nintendo to publish Dragon Quest VII in the West in 2016.
Dragon Quest VIII – In the same way, Dragon Quest VIII was remade for the 3DS in 2015. This remake was localized this year and came out just a few months ago, in January 2017.
Unless a Dragon Quest IX remake comes out in the meantime, that brings us all the way up to the present and Dragon Quest XI! (Of course, that’s not counting the numerous spin-offs, which have also appeared on a variety of systems.) To summarize, a Nintendo fan can play the entire main Dragon Quest series, and we look forward to seeing more Dragon Quest games on Nintendo systems in the future.