By Spencer . September 20, 2011 . 5:30pm
The simple joy of stretching and rolling into enemies is back with Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3. 3? Yeah, this is the third game in the series known as Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime in North America. Rocket returns as the main character and this time he’s the prince of Slimenia.
While the Nintendo DS game had tank battles, the Nintendo 3DS title heads to the high seas. Players customize and attack rival pirate ships in Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3. The gameplay is the same though, you grab bullets and other objects lying around to throw into cannons. Rocket can fire himself too and once you’re on an enemy ship you can roll into the ships heart shaped engine room to blow it up.
Ship battles were one element I got to try in the Tokyo Game Show demo. Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3 also had a desert area to glob around in. I rolled into the Plob, the duckbilled enemies bent on taking over the world again, in this stage. Rocket can balance enemies and other objects on his head to throw. As I moved through the stage, I lobbed rockbombs at walls to open them and stored weapons for ship battles by tossing them on a cart.
New for the Nintendo 3DS are stereoscopic 3D graphics. Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3 still uses sprites, though. Backgrounds are in 3D and you look down on the world, similar to the dungeons from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Glad they kept the original art because part of that’s part of the game’s charm.
Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3 has Streetpass features and a world for Rocket to sail around in. The game comes out for Nintendo 3DS on November 2 in Japan. So far, it hasn’t been announced for North America, but we got the previous title and more recently Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2.