Compilations of first three games due for September.
With the Dragon Quest franchise being insanely popular in Japan, it was only a matter of time before publisher Square Enix formally announced that a collection of the series' earlier games is in the works. According to the official site, said collection will be released on the Wii and will contain all five past titles on one disk. The games in the collection are the original Famicom versions of Dragon Quest I, Dragon Quest II, and Dragon Quest III, and their respective Super Famicom (SNES) versions, specifically Dragon Quest I & II and Dragon Quest III.
The five games in the collection will be the original versions that can be played using the Wii Remote, Classic Controller, and the GameCube controller. This collection is to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the long-running series. Square Enix also added that it has sold 57 million units of the franchise's many titles as of December 2010 and that there will be more news on future developments for the anniversary.
The collection will be out in September in Japan. An English localized version has yet to be officially announced.
I can see not many people are happy about this, but personally? I am. We NEVER got the SF remakes of the trilogy and that disappoints me greatly, but now that we actually may have a chance to own them? That makes me happy and I will be MORE than happy to get this collection. This may be the first thing Square-Enix has done right in a long, long time.
Remember when Square made their own games and didn't remake them? Remember when they didn't have to remake Final Fantasy IV at least a million times? That being said, I hope it's released here.
Ooo, another RPG collection from Square-Enix... didn't see THAT comin'. -_- But yeah, can easily get 1-7 on my PSP, thanks. And, of course, own the very best in the series, VIII, on PS2.
@Hate_Squad - to be fair, 1-8 probably wouldn't all fit on a single Wii disc, since 8 alone was on a DVD. I definitely agree with your point, though.
@stuffgamer1 Did you even read the article? at least read the very last line of the article that said "AN ENGLISH LOCALIZED VERSION HAS YET TO BE OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED"
well if the collection included dragon quest 1-8 ,yes it would be great but who are we kidding ,there will release those games in 3-4 different collections
I'm so tired of seeing SquareEnix releasing these collections lately. It is no longer in the business of making great games. It's now just in business to make money with the least possible effort.
Seeing as this would be the first official release of the SNES versions outside of Japan, I'm all for this. Nintendo will probably have to take the localization just like they did with DQIX and VI, though.
So they're taking five games - which is really only three games - from twenty years ago (average) and throwing them on a single disc for $50-$60. All they have to do is make a menu to select one of the games. That's a one-man job, and it'll sell. From a marketing standpoint, it's great. From our standpoint, it's just ***ing lazy.
Well this will be great to see. This might be an opportunity for European gamers like myself to see where the franchise started.
As much as I love DQ/DW--DW1 being the first game I ever obsessed over--repackaging old titles without new contributions seems shameless.
Would be nice to see this - I and II are the only ones I haven't at least started in the series, and III is quite the game.
@chesed: They're not remakes, they're just ROMs of the Famicom and Super Famicom cartridges. Same idea, just a lot less effort on Square Enix's part. It'll probably be sold at a hyper-inflated price like the Super Mario Bros. 25th anniversary collection was.
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