Dragon Quest I – VIII Are Following Final Fantasy’s Footsteps With iOS And Android Ports

By Spencer . October 7, 2013 . 9:51pm

imageSquare Enix is bringing the Dragon Quest series to smartphones in a big way. Dragon Quest I all the way through to the PlayStation 2 game Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King are coming to iOS and Android.


A teaser site confirms eight core Dragon Quest games, but it’s unclear which versions we’ll see for smartphones. Dragon Quest VII was recently remade for Nintendo 3DS. Dragon Quest IV – VI had DS remakes too. Dragon Quest III, originally a Famicom game, was ported to Super Famicom and later Game Boy Color. Square Enix has a lot of options here!


Dragon Quest will slime its way to iOS and Android this winter.

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  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Haha…oh well

  • Xaltmas

    Now port Final Fantasy VI, VII, VIII and IX to mobile!

    Dooooooo it. I will buy them.

    • Randy Marsh

      Those games being ported to the iOS and Android seem plausible, if they did it perhaps FFVIII wouldn’t have terrible face textures on the character models.

      Oh no, I revealed the truth about FFVIII’s character models! :O


        you revealed the truth of about 90% the PS1 games

      • CirnoLakes

        I’ve played Final Fantasy VIII on max settings with ePSXe.
        And they definitely don’t look too bad, in my opinion.

        • Randy Marsh

          Indeed they do look good, hence the reason I play the game strictly by emulation only nowadays. Perhaps if someday if this game were to be ported to the iOS, it would look almost akin to that of max settings of ePSXe or even better.

    • CirnoLakes

      I try to be open minded to mobile, despite it’s history. And you can see, mobile is pretty notorious here on Siliconera, and you’ve been given 3 downvotes for saying that.

      I don’t like mobile that much, but I have given in an bought a few devices. I’d prefer Steam, to be honest. Heck, Steam games will work with mobile devices, anyway. If you have a Windows tablet. So, technically, in my book, a release for Steam is a worthwhile mobile release, anyway. People don’t quite realize how PC and tablet gaming are fusing. Ultrabooks are practically tablets.

      I’d be willing to give the Google Play store version of these a go, I like Google Play, not as much as Steam, but I do like it. And I’d be pretty happy enough to buy them, if…

      – They make the ports solid rather than cheap and an attempt to make money easily. These need to be a good port, and can’t be inferior to others. Too many mobile games are low quality cash-ins.
      – Have keyboard and controller support. I don’t want to game on a touch-screen. Keyboard and controller support is a must for me to get better behind “mobile gaming”. Every mobile game needs keyboard and controller support.
      – Resolution and other options. Mobile is like PC in that multiple hardware is being used to play the same games. Thus it should be treated like PC hardware, and give me options, lots and lots of options.
      – Don’t region lock the game. Localize the game, and don’t keep the Japanese version of the game behind a region lock. For goodness sake, Japanese companies who advertise their games on Japanese freeware games are wasting their money because potential customers like me can’t play their games. Heck, I would buy the game twice even if it was localized, just because I like original Japanese games a lot. And I don’t want to have to go through a VPN to do so.

      Of course, these are a lot of things to expect of mobile, and mobile games usually don’t fulfill these requirements. That’s why many of us derogatorily refer to mobile as a “casualized” market. And why mobile has such notoriously negative connotations.

  • Lord Búho

    I’d certainly buy a couple of those, can’t deny it.

  • Suicunesol

    Prediction time: Dragon Quest XI will have two versions– a 3DS version and a mobile phone version.

    • Rogerrmark

      I have REAL bad expectations for XII,XIII,XIV,etc ):

    • kylehyde

      Plase no, please don’t put a curse

  • Ty Austin

    So… How about that DQVII remake?

    • Pyrotek85

      I’ve got a feeling it’s still coming since it’s part of the main series and not one of the spin offs. The script is humongous and they reworked quite a bit of it from what I hear, so they’re probably retranslating too. Would be nice to hear a confirmation though.

      • Ty Austin

        I sure hope so. On the bright side, at least we already have DQVII translated, so people can experience it one way or another.

    • epy

      Hopefully Nintendo can bring it to us because SE is sure as hell not lifting a finger.

      • $36598391

        Nintendo didn’t bring over Fire Emblem DS 2 Hero of Light and Shadow, I doubt they’d bring over another companies game

        • kylehyde

          bravely default, DQVI DS, DQIX and the layton series wants to say hi. About the fire emblem DS2 game, it was almost the end of the DS cicle, and their main focus at the moment was the 3DS launch.

        • Niko Sandwich

          I don’t know how well Shadow Dragon did, but at the very least, it got criticized over here because it lost a lot of the mechanics in the preceding FE’S… The reason of course being that it was a remake of the original NES game, but it’s critics seem to forget that…

          But anyway, maybe they didn’t want the same thing to happen, even though HOL&S DID introduce new mechanics into the series.

          • $36598391

            Yea and FE Awakening uses some of those very same mechanics

          • Niko Sandwich

            Yeah, especially Casual mode, which opens up the series for people who can’t take losing their units forever (apparently a pretty big population). But maybe they didn’t want to risk importing a second remake…

            It’s a pity though, it would have completed Marth’s story for us and given us more background to FE:A, especially the Fire Emblem itself, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be…

        • epy

          You do know they’re the ones responsible for bringing us the DS Dragon Quest games and now Bravely Default, right? Games SE should be localizing but couldnt be bothered to?

  • … I feel it’s a little sad we’ll probably get iOS VII before we get the 3DS version…

    • As a secondary note, while I will be permanently bummed about VII, I actually almost look forward to them, say, releasing SNES (or equivalent graphical quality) versions of 1-3. Considering we never got those and the best we ever had was GBC versions of them, that actually would be a bit of a boon. The only potential problem is SE’s habit of charging higher for iOS stuff in general.

      Also, admittedly, I can see point in re-releasing IV-VI DS versions, especially over here– those three seem to be in a constant flux of availability. Sometimes IV is pretty cheap, but then sometimes it’s V that’s cheap instead while IV is expensive, or VI is cheap while IV and V are through the roof. It took me a bit to manage to get all three of them affordably. Currently VI is the cheapest available one new from Amazon for $25.60.

      So, I can understand the availability /logic/ behind this move, but I’d still wish they’d put some manpower into localizing VII 3D.

  • Go2hell66

    Square Enix:”Please be excited”

    • d19xx

      Awww beaten by 3 hours…

  • Nanaki

    **** **** ***!!

  • awat

    the next time i see anything about Dragon Quest i wish and hope for it to be DQVII for the 3DS goddammit..

    • John Diamond

      I have absolutely nothing against IOS games. But i can’t help but feel ticked off when IOS and Android actually get a better RPG than a console release.

  • Rogerrmark

    One of the best PS2 RPGs reduced to a mere smartphone port. Kinda depressive that FFX/X-2 are getting improved HD ports with physicall media and even Artbook,and DQVIII doesn’t. :/

    Although I will buy some of them,if retranslated.
    Wonder what version they will use for I~VII.

    • John Diamond

      but i’m guessing they’ll use a similar engine they used for DQ IV-VI for DQ I-III. then they’ll probably just simply port DQVII from the 3ds. DQVIII on the other hand… i have no clue

      • Rogerrmark

        Another remake for I,II and III would be sweet,althoughI’m already particulary found of the SNES remakes.

        I’m just not so sure VIII too. Wonder if they’ll use the original version,or the localized version,with english dub and improved audio.

  • OlimacFTW

    It’s official. The Square side finally tainted the Enix side….

    • The only side of SE that I have interest in.

    • But that was the good side. I dreaded the merge but if one good thing came out of it, the Enix side improved even though it hurt Square.

  • FallenAfh

    I’m okay with this.

  • Marcus J. Hopkins

    *yawns* Not like the West will see these ports, anyway.

    • yomachaser

      90 Percent of their Japanese mobile games have made it over to the west so chances are pretty good.

      • Rogerrmark

        I wonder if we’ll see the SNES version DQI~III for the first time,around here.

  • Pockystix

    I wanted to believe this wouldn’t really happen, but I think I was fooling myself.

    Modern Square Enix is just not capable of holding back anymore.

  • KiTA

    Welp. It’s nice to be able to tell the exact moment that Square Enix Japan hit the truly desperate stage of “No Money.” Apparently, it happened around 10/7/2013.

    It’s official: The cancer that is killing Final Fantasy has spread to Dragon Quest. :(

    • Zero_Destiny

      I wouldn’t say Final Fantasy is really dead though. I certainly lost a great deal of interest in the franchise, and the last generation I truly cared for was around the PSOne.

      But the series changed and evolved, and has its other newer fans. I know lots enjoy FFX, and there are those who even quite enjoy XIII. It may not be the series I had from back then, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad.

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        Its bad because its cool to hate. If they try new things, people complain. If they go back to their roots people say they’re pandering to nostalgia and making a cheap game. They can’t win.

        • Zero_Destiny

          Damned if you do, damned if you don’t! lol

          • John Diamond

            not really, there are a series of actions Square Enix have taken which has led to this dissatisfaction. I don’t know why on earth people are acting as if it’s totally uncalled for.
            Long development processes, Extremely large amount of IOS only rpg’s. not even remakes or ports, games handhelds would never see, Lack of localization with games and the list goes on

          • Zero_Destiny

            Except what I was joking around with Fitzpatrick about was “the direction they took Final Fantasy” not Square Enix as a whole. Final Fantasy is a constantly changing series, it’s not too strange that some of the games are very different from the other ones, especially near the start of the PS2 generation, there was a big leap away from familiar territory. FF has a community with a schism, and you’ll see lots of people who say X generation of games were better then Y, and so on and so forth. Mostly joking around with that.

            Now, Square Enix as a whole, well Square Enix and I have a love-hate-relationship. For the most part I agree with you, and if you wanna voice dissatisfaction, then go ahead, you took your time and worded it like an adult, there’s nothing wrong with anything you said.

            Their general management as of late has seemed a bit ah, well let’s say, questionable. It could be made into an argument that it may affect the performance of the Dragon Quest brand. But I doubt it is a “cancer” and will “kill” it. Even with the questionable decisions and mismanagement of their IPs that they’ve made, I seriously doubt that.

        • Heisst

          I don’t see people complaining about nostalgia with Bravely Default’s traditional turn-based JRPG mechanic, in fact quite the opposite.

          • Rogerrmark

            Yet it will never sell better than a main series game.
            And so is Dimensions. Even FFIX didn’ sell better than VII,VIII and X ,and it was totally nostalgia based. And so was V in comparison with both IV and VI.

            Too bad though,some of my favorites.

          • Heisst

            I don’t see what sales have to do with general praise. Look at cawadoody.

          • I bet if Bravely Default was a console game called FFXVI, there’d be a lot of complaints.

            I think people are less vocal about BD because it isn’t FF and is a handheld game.

          • Rogerrmark

            This /. General praise will never be enough if the game doesnt sell significantly.

            Again,V and IX are totally upon oldschool nostalgia,yet are two of the least populars.
            Bravely Default is oldschool,yet is it going to surpass XIII/XIV/XV popularity anytime soon? And will XVI be Bravely Default-like?

            No,thats not happening. And people will just continue buying stuff they don’t care to critize on the internet afterwards.FF fanbase alright.

          • Heisst

            FFXV is changing a lot of things around yet there’s nothing but hype for it.

    • GH56734

      Nine DQ games at the same time reduced to inferior-by-design smartphone versions with very low creative integrity and an obvious cash-in motivation and business model? Now that’s too much… Devaluation of every single episode (bar one) from the main series.
      Not even DQ is safe from being desecrated to cater to a flooded market they’ll never get like Rovio/Zynga did (the smartphone version of their insane quest to get COD sales with AAA games). Worse, it’s a bubble about to explode because of the obvious steep quality drop.

      I thought that they’ll stop on the Enix side with iPhone’s Wonder Project J2 with tacked-on micro-transactions… how wrong I were.

      Final Fantasy was much more lucky in that aspect. In that it never had iPhone versions past VI, but who knows for how long. It’s only a matter of time before they kill their experiment with Bravely Default..

    • I’m not thrilled about more smartphone ports either, but let’s not kid ourselves, these things will make shittons of money in Japan.

    • Herok♞

      Ok note to self with companies make their games more widely avalible its cancer now, anything else I should make a note of?

      • KiTA

        It’s not that they’re making it more widely available. It’s that the mobile ports have, for the most part, been of extremely sub par quality, and I don’t see this being any different.

        If they wanted to make their games widely available, they’d put them on the 3DS. Oh. Wait.

  • TheRealMalek

    I was going to be negative but…

    it could have been nice but like always it will be way overpriced…

  • Enzo

    I’m wondering… do these actually sell enough to justify making all of this?

    • Nanashrew

      Who knows. But they are continuing to devalue their franchises. The more of these games reach phones and tablets, the more people start seeing these franchises as dead.

      • CirnoLakes

        I can understand the stigma towards the mobile market, but isn’t considering a game dead when there’s a mobile version of it going just a bit far?

        Mobile games can, in fact, be played with devices like controllers and keyboards and so forth. And there’s already devices like the Nvidia Shield being made.

        I think the better focus on this market and the ‘outrage’, is against low quality ports of games being made, or unjustifiable cash in games, not mobile as an entire concept or market.

        Final Fantasy All the Bravest is a bad game, because it is a horrible, terrible cash in game that cannot be justified. Not because it is a “mobile” game.

        • Nanashrew

          In some cases maybe it is a bit far but, it still devalues the product, because most are simply just cash-ins. For some ports, who needs to pay a premium elsewhere when it’s available on phones for virtually nothing? Devaluing their products is bad and largely where this stigma comes from. And then there’s Capcom! Breath of Fire 6 reached worldwide disappointment and outrage with a numbered sequel going straight to phones and browsers. No one wanted that at all and further brings that stigma.

          It feels like everyday a game that people want or have waited for go straight to phones these days and leaves a bitter taste in everyone’s mouths. For many of those people they see the franchise as effectively dead, extremes maybe, but as I said, continuing to devalue their products and how people react will be a continued trend. Many companies seem to look at things in black and whites as well. You don’t want to buy this? Fine, you won’t get another, you like this and you all bought this? Then we’ll make more! Something like BoF6 will lose either way though, because if it sells well it will stay on phones and browsers but if it doesn’t sell well, then they will never make another in the franchise for any system.

          Nvidia Shield is tracking less than the Ouya and the Ouya is pretty much dead from what I remember. I don’t have the latest NPDs.

          EDIT: Another problem is when they often release these to phones it usually means that the game is dead outside of japan and locked to japan only. We may never see another DQ game ever reach oversees. We still don’t have the latest remake on 3DS or DQ10 Wii/Wii U over here.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      To the audience these titles will target, yes.

    • yomachaser

      They stated publicly that mobile is their new main focus why does no one believe them? Also yes they are clearly making money at this.

      • Enzo

        I’m not asking if they are making money with it. Just because you make money, doesn’t mean you should do it. There are many other problems that can present itself regardless of turning a profit. I’m just wondering if the payoff really is good enough for all the damage they are doing to their image.

        • yomachaser

          It’s only damage to their image in the eyes of people who dislike mobile as a gaming platform. They are gaining fans by the assload in the mobile space with their actions.

          • Enzo

            #1 Your first point is not correct. To think that doing this is only negative towards people who dislike mobile as a gaming platform only shows how little you understand about this.
            #2 I highly doubt there is any evidence that there are by any means a large amount of new fans being brought over with this decision. There’s a very good chance that it’s simply old fans who are buying it.

            So your points are not valid unless you can actually PROVE that these games are selling a lot. That’s what I’m looking for, because honestly I don’t know how much of the userbase actually spends more than $5 for any one app, much less a JRPG.

  • Trinity

    ….are they kidding?

  • Zero_Destiny

    You know, I’d totally buy the ports in a heartbeat if they came out in the US. I’m jonesing for some of the older titles on a modern portable. I’m still wishing they’d put Dragon Quest I-III GameBoy on the 3DS eShop here. ^^; I can dream, right? lol

    I was thinking about it for awhile, and honestly Dragon Quest would probably blend better with iOS then Final Fantasy. There was some good efforts, and the port for V fixed up a lot of touch screen problems, but in hectic boss fights, there was some cumbersome moments. Since the combat is slower and more centered around actual turns in Dragon Quest, It may be a nicer fit.

    • CirnoLakes

      I would consider buying them if they were on Google Play and available in my region at a cheap enough price.

      However, I wouldn’t particularly be all that looking forward to them unless they have gamepad and keyboard support, options, don’t have the Japanese version region locked, and aren’t an inferior port.

      Which is sadly a lot out of the mobile world nowadays.

  • Barrylocke89

    I’m not too surprised by this, but getting Dragon Quest 8 on iOS feels really impressive. I feel like out of all of them that one might somehow be the one that takes the biggest hit in gameplay to get to work. We’ll see, I suppose.

    • yomachaser

      It’s a turn based game like the rest so what hit would it take? If you meant graphics don’t fret as they are miles behind what flagship phone can do.

      • Barrylocke89

        I was mostly thinking movement control outside of battle, imagining a fully 3d DQ game to be harder to move about in than the 2d ones. Although I suppose that it shouldn’t be too hard to be a bit ingenious and get it to control right.

        I’ll admit that all of the games I’ve played on iOS have been 2d except for Infinity Blade, which is more on rails. So I haven’t had experience with a game like that on my phone or a tablet.

        • yomachaser

          Oh well I think you’ll be happily surprised then as they have largely nailed that kind of movement.

  • Zantetsuken_Gilgamesh

    Not surprised, did a few remakes on the DS, so iOS and like were expected. The question is, how much will they charge for the games.

  • Charmchar

    This is just depressing to me to see Square Enix milking one of my favorite Franchises. o(╥﹏╥)o

  • d19xx

    Please be excited…

  • Yet they can’t be bothered to put the games on the Virtual Console or PSN so they can be played on the TV like they were originally intended.

  • The DQ fanboy in me… I need these on my 3DS or Vita.

  • Randy Marsh

    DQI-VIII for the iOS and Android, yeah..sure glad I have an Android tablet that can run games great!

  • CirnoLakes


    Well, at least they will hopefully be of decent quality. And be built for play outside of touch controls. I have a Samsung Galaxy 2 coming in the mail. And I do like Dragon Quest games. A lot.

    And hopefully they’ll also be release here, in my country, in my region. The worst thing about Google Play is the region locking, and region behavior in general. I download some freeware Touhou game on Google Play and it comes with adware. And I’m like, “why not, I’ll click your Japanese games ads. Puyo Puyo? I love that game! Sure, I”ll buy.” and then I get a “not available in your region” error when it takes me to Google Play. So this freeware adware Touhou game tries to make ad revenue by trying to sell me Japanese games that I can’t even buy.

    I love Android, much better than iOS due to how not locked down, and open and free the OS is in comparison to Apple’s offerings. But Google Play is way too regioned. And I’m worried this game will be just another Japanese game I can’t get due to region locking. And there’s dozens of them, hundreds of them. I need to make it a point, to go to all of these region locked games and give them a 1 star review due to their region locking. I need to download some VPN service for Android just so I can download this backlog of 400 or so Japanese region only games I’m missing out on. Worse yet, I can’t even use Google Play’s “recommended for you” without them advertising me “best sellers” for my country. I don’t even click “recommended for you” anymore, because they give a clear recommendation slant based upon my region. It’s like they try ignore my tastes and much as humanly possible and sell be bad American pop albums I wish to stay as far away from as possible. No, Google Play, I purchased a kors k album, I don’t want to buy Justin Bieber or Katy Perry or whoever is leading the American charts, leave me alone please.

    Sorry for all of the personal tangent. But regioning systems such as this really bother me. And has me worried about games. At least with the PlayStation Network, all I have to do is create a Japanese account. Sure, the games are announced, by I have no idea whether I’m going to be able to buy them without a VPN that gives me a Japanese proxy.

  • CirnoLakes

    Sorry about that down below, I just really had to vent about region locking after a while of putting up with it on Google Play. There’s becoming a backlog of Japanese games on “mobile” that I can’t buy, either because they’re iOS only, or because they keep the games Japanese region only.

    And I worry that’s going to happen with these Dragon Quest ports.

  • James Enk

    where is my DQVII for the 3DS?

    • $36598391

      I got tired of waiting and just bought a copy of the PS1 version
      I think it’s superior to the 3DS remake due to random battles

      • James Enk

        well everyone has his own taste i am still hoping for the 3DS version to come to the west

  • Michael Kelehan

    I’ll certainly buy 1-3 again.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    *……bloodshot eyes* Square!!!! hey Square! they have handhelds for this you know!! Like a HD one and a 3D one. Don’t do this to Dragon Quest.

  • Herok♞

    Lets see they made the first 3 games also available on wii(no complaints there) they made the second 3 games available on DS(no complaints there), they just remade 7 for 3DS no complaints there and when they try to make the games available on yet another platform people start preaching the end like what the heck guys I thought it was never a bad thing to have options for what you want to play something on. Granted moblie isn’t my first choice for things to go to but it makes money and is widely available and if they could make TWEWY work(some say its the better version) on moblie, I think they can make ports of old turn based games work. Keep in mind porting stuff to moblie doesn’t take anything away from them they have other products after.

  • Musashi234


    • Godmars

      Cheap production costs plus high brand recognition equal high held profits. Or rather that what SE thinks. And maybe they’re right.

      Nevermind the potential weakening of overall creativity and resource drain. Or that these ports could still wind up wasting money and creating loss.

    • yomachaser

      It’s the future. I still have a vita and had a 3ds but in the long view it’s obvious what’s happening so unless we’re all going to up and quit enjoying asian stuff like jrpgs then mobile has to be part of your gaming diet IMO.

      I personally think an android tablet is in everyones best interest as it has the best mix of controllers emulators and current support.

  • kylehyde

    I don’t have word to describe how I feel in this moment. Thank God internet exist.


  • J_Joestar

    why does it feel more and more like Bravely Default might be the last thing i ever get from SE…

  • popo123

    Can’t they port it to the Vita as well? Having it on IOS devices would require a bit of an HD update right?

    • In fact, take the fact that they’ll be on Android, and just port them to the Playstation Mobile storefront.

      I’d buy them if they did that.

  • Manzoku

    I’m sure there’s a Wonder Swan version somewhere they can dig up and release ;)

  • Will Jay

    Well, I can see myself getting the DQVIII remake if localized, but that’s it.

  • Yeah! RELEASE VIII on iOS and Android! Not like you could have just easily ported it to PSN for PS3, right?


  • pimpalicious

    I’m not angry about this but it will suck if DQVIII isn’t ported to PS3 as a PS2 classic at least.

  • Absolutely incredible, I so hope these game make it to the US like the FF games did. All of my faith in SE will be restored if they do that. Well, most of it at least.

  • djnforce9

    Dragon Quest VIII is HUGE. I’ll be very surprised if they can fit the entire game into an app without it being a gigantic file size. Still hoping they can somehow though. I also hope they release these OUTSIDE of Japan. I hate it when really good games never make it overseas.

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