Square-Enix Revamping Original Dragon Quest Monsters for 3DS
Originally known in the West as Dragon Warrior Monsters, we’ve got a refreshed edition of the GameBoy classic with new critters and new features hitting 3DS in 2012!
Ah, Dragon Quest. The grandaddy of JRPGs, rife with puns and peculiarity, yet also finely honed with cool classes and strategic turn-based battles. Western exposure to the franchise to any meaningful degree has been quite rare until recently, but with releases like Dragon Quest IX and the upcoming Wii game with a surprising gameplay twist, it would seem Square-Enix is happy to share the goodness on a global basis.
It’s therefore Slime-tinglingly good news to discover that one of the original spinoffs from the series, the Pokemon-esque Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland, has been announced by Square-Enix to be seeing a new lease of life on the handheld perpetual-splendour-device that is the 3DS.
Revealed by Andriasang, details are thin on the ground regarding the revamp, including whether or not it’ll head to our hemispheres. It’s unknown how much of the game, originally a GameBoy Color release, will be altered, what if any 3D effects can be expected, or even if the original sprite-based art will be retained, or instead refreshed with polygons.
What definitely is made clear is that this rerelease of the 1998 game will see new features added. With the DS recently seeing Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 Professional in Japan, it would seem all the monsters from that new game will be lovingly crammed into Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D.
Not just this, but all-new creatures are said to be included, as well as storyline elements that weren’t in the initial release. The game is vaguely scheduled to release some time in 2012, which would be infuriating were there not oodles of other things to be keeping us busy just around the corner.
A brief recap for those not familiar with the franchise; Dragon Quest Monsters games are handheld Pokemon-like monster-battling critter-collect-’em-ups, bolstered by legions of beasties from the Dragon Quest franchise and with the ability to blend creatures together to form even more powerful brutes. Several instalments of the series are available, including on DS, and they’re often considered worthy counterparts to the Pokemon franchise.
Hopefully we can all experience this for ourselves if the game makes its way beyond its homeland. Don’t let us down, Square-Enix!