Nintendo Media | First Dragon Quest Swords Wii Scans & Info

By Adam Riley 30.10.2006 24

Updated Story - Now we have two more scans of the Dragon Quest, plus some new information gathered about the game. Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors is being developed by Eighting, the company best known for its Naruto, Bloody Roar and Kuruin titles. On duty for the planning of the game is none other than Genius Sonority Inc, the Nintendo-owned group, whose president (Manabu Yamana) was the director of Dragon Quest V and VI on the Super Nintendo in Japan and previously worked at Chunsoft. Finally, and this is the major news, the infamous Yuji Horii is working on the scenario and game design. But why is this so impressive? Well, Horii has only worked on the eight main entries in the DQ series, never touching any of the multitude of spin-offs.

According to various snippets of information from around the Internet, this could well be a sequel or spiritual successor to Kenshin Dragon Quest: Yomigaerishi Densetsu no Ken, a plug-and-play game that hooked up to people's television sets and allowed gamers to swing a plastic sword around, with its infra-red movements being picked up and mimicked on-screen. Sound familiar? Well, just check out this video clip of how the game played to see why this will fit on Wii perfectly:

Now, obviously you can see from the scans below that this updated game will be far superior to the plug-and-play device in terms of visuals and it has to be assumed the gameplay and scenario will be far improved to provide a much more worthy experience. What should be noted is that this device actually sold over half a million copies in Japan, meaning that something related to it on a popular format like the Wii could be a massive hit when the game launches in Spring 2007.

According to details on the official website the game will come on a DVD, be a 'relaxing RPG' and supports just one player. It will also be available for extensive hands-on impressions at the Nintendo World events that take place in Japan during November this year.

Finally, the composers of the game are Kouchi Sugiyama (the DQ music composing mainstay) and Manami Matsumae (who mainly did compositions for arcade and action games from Capcom and Sunsoft).

For those eager Dragon Quest fans out there, do not forget to check out the two recent previews of DQ-related games:

  • Itadaki Street - Dragon Quest & Super Mario
  • Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker
  • Stick around Cubed3 for further updates on this exciting title as hands-on information sneaks in next month...


    Original Story - Two small scans of the eagerly awaited Square Enix Project 'Dragon Quest Swords' for the Wii have emerged. GameFront has added two new, larger scans now and the official website has opened, revealing Nintendo's Genius Sonority to be part of the development project:

  • Scan One | Scan Two | Scan Three NEW | Scan Four NEW
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    Well, at least the graphics look sturdy enough. And the game looks to be set in a first-person viewpoint, unless that is just for battling...

    Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

    Oh God, the magazine scans may not be the best but I thought it was a DS game when I saw the graphics.
    Mind you, I've never played a dragon quest game before so gameplay will blow me away...

    We need to see environments...although you won't get Slimes as shiny as that on the DS, I assure you Smilie

    Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

    jesusraz said:
    We need to see environments...although you wont get Slimes as shiny as that on the DS, I assure you Smilie

    Shiny slimes...Smilie...remember that the DS can do SHINY FLOORS though Smilie (FF3)

    I agree with Adam, looks sturdy enough based on the screens the size of my finger nail. Smilie The Slimes look nice from what I can tell. I hope they release a new official trailer at some point in the near future.

    Is this still for around launch in Japan, or even launch day? I can't remember...

    No, Spring 2007. There's apparently a wealth of info due soon in Japanese mags. Possibly in the next two weeks...

    Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

    Looks decent, scans are way to small too make out much though.

    XBL Gamertag: James2t3

    I think SE are placing the majority of there manpower on the DS and PS2.

    There was a development report announced by them and many of the DS games are well underway same as the PS2 but the PS3 titles were only 1.3% and 13% completed


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    They're far too small to see anything really, but I seriously thought it was a DS game at first... Looks 2D from here too, but yeah... I really can't see anything at all

    Still a proud member of the 'omfg amazing water in games' society

    I'd need a very powerful microscope to make out those scans. I'll just have to reserve any comments I have about the game until I see proper screen shots.

    Al-sword kingdom

    is that name a bad pun?

    And i love the slogan
    "super immersion type DQ!!!!"

    Avoid Games Like the Plague, productivity++

    I could be interested in this. I will wait and see. Nothing spectacular yet though.

    Woooooooo!!!

    What I do like already is the monster design. It seems they stuck to the "original 2D design" and kept the same "feel" about them while going 3D. DW8 sort of did that too.

    DW series has always been about transporting yourself into their world, as opposed to FF approach which is to "show you the story". I hope they will stick to that philosophy even in this action based adventure.

    Nintendo Lad said:
    Oh God, the magazine scans may not be the best but I thought it was a DS game when I saw the graphics.Mind you, Ive never played a dragon quest game before so gameplay will blow me away...

    Are you a retard? Can you not tell how bad the quality of that pic is? Plus it's so fucking tiny! You're going to judge it on that are you?

    This new, larger scan gives more away...and also, for those that don't know, Genius Sonority is made up of ex-Chunsoft/Enix folk that previously worked on the Dragon Quest series Smilie

    AND it's Nintendo-owned, just like Brownie Brown (ex-Square staff working on Heroes of Mana with Square Enix on the DS at the moment).

    Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

    Genious Sonority?! Smilie Well i hope they do a better job with dragon quest than they did with pokemon.

    XBL Gamertag: James2t3

    Yuji Horii is the main guy on this...and he's not disappointed with the main DQ series so far. So don't be so glum about it! Smilie

    Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

    I must say.. this graphics looks like crap... this might asweel've been a DS game...

    Elrinth said:
    I must say.. this graphics looks like crap... this might asweelve been a DS game...

    If you're talking about the vid... That's the plug and play version...

    ~Getting on C3's massive tits since 2K5.~

    Oh great. Now everyone will think the video is Wii graphics. As if it didn't get picked on enough for very real reasons, here's a misunderstood basis for Wii-bashing. Smilie

    ><((((>

    Faust said:
    Elrinth said:I must say.. this graphics looks like crap... this might asweelve been a DS game...
    If youre talking about the vid... Thats the plug and play version...

    Ever so slightly pwned, innit Smilie

    I hope this does sell well! I oughta after all of the talent being put behind it...now, where is a Mushroom Kingdom Hearts when you need one? Huh?! Smilie

    EDIT: Really awful spelling of oughta, natch

    ( Edited on 30.10.2006 21:49 by VelocityStrike )

    I think the idea of a well-developed Dragon Quest RPG in a first-person perspective with Yuji Horii at the helm is a very nice prospect indeed.

    And yes, people should NOT be confused by which version the video is and the Wii version that is shown in SCANS ONLY! Smilie

    Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

    jesusraz said:
    Well, at least the graphics look sturdy enough. And the game looks to be set in a first-person viewpoint, unless that is just for battling...

    I'm assuming this is a DS game...once can only hope. Those menus....god...

    Hows about adding a huge sign saying 'THIS IS NOT THE WII GAME' under that video?

    Anyway... I dunno... The idea of slashing at stuff sounds pretty fun, but if you do ntohing but that for the entire game, and have n control over movement or paths or anything then it could get old pretty fast... Like 2 minutes fast

    Still a proud member of the 'omfg amazing water in games' society

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