Dragon Quest creator looks back on creating Dragon Quest VIII, updating for 3DS, series as a whole

The following info comes from a Game Informer interview with Dragon Quest creator, Yuji Horii...

On Dragon Quest VIII

“If you can see a mountain in the distance, you can run to that mountain and climb up it. Nowadays, this is pretty commonplace technology, but when Dragon Quest VIII was first released, this was groundbreaking. I thought that laying out the story as a guiding path would make it possible to adventure and have fun in the world. While we have provided that path, we also intended for it to be possible to diverge from the path and enjoy the game freely.

I came up with the idea of occasionally but not always entering Super High Tension when building up tension. Will you be able to go Super by spending another turn to build tension? Or will you end up wasting a turn? I thought that sense of excitement was great. As for the visuals when that happened, the Super Saiyan [from Dragon Ball Z] transformation was perfect for the effect, so I borrowed that concept.

I wanted to come up with an alchemy system that relied on your intuition, so you would wonder what you could make by combining two different things. We started with the simple idea of combining two herbs to get a better herb, and expanded it from there. It feels great to do a lot of damage with a weapon you built yourself.”

Horii also touched on the 3DS remake, where he said the dev team “analyzed play feedback from users and development staff, then added in the characteristics of the 3DS hardware to come up with ideas for additional elements and changes and then decide on the ones to pursue.” Finally, Horii shared his thoughts on the Dragon Quest series as a whole.

“This concept hasn’t changed from the time we created the original Dragon Quest. The hardware, however, keeps evolving, and there have been huge advances in the technology to realize these worlds. People can have more and more realistic experiences in games. What I would like to aim for next is a fusion of the virtual and the real. It would be amazin gif I could make a game that would improve the player’s real life as well.”

First 4 Figures working on Okami "Amaterasu" figurine

Ah, if only Capcom loved the Okami series enough to give us another entry. We haven't seen one since Okamiden on the DS. I think it's about high time for another entry!

Japan - Wii U/3DS eShop top 10 for April 17th to 23rd, 2017

Nintendo 3DS

(+4) 01. Fire Emblem Echoes: Mou Hitori no Eiyuu Ou / Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (Nintendo) [20.4.2017]
(-1) 02. Monster Hunter XX (Capcom) [18.3.2017]
(-1) 03. Tobidasu! Nyanko Dai Sensou / The Battle Cats POP (Ponos) [31.5.2015]
(-1) 04. Ice Station Z (Wobbly Tooth) [06.4.2017]
(N) 05. Pro Yakyuu Famista Climax (Bandai-Namco) [20.4.2017]
(+2) 06. Cube Creator DX (Arc System Works) [27.4.2017]
(+2) 07. Kirby FIghters Z / Kirby Fighters Deluxe (Nintendo) [23.7.2014]
(-4) 08. Osomatsu-san NEET Dasshutsu Spiral! (FuRyu) [12.4.2017]
(-2) 09. Sayonara! Hakoboy! / Bye-Bye BoxBoy! (Nintendo) [02.2.2017]
(=) 10. Cube Creator 3D (Arc System Works) [15.7.2015]

Wii U

(=) 01. Zelda no Densetsu: Breath of the Wild / The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) [03.3.2017]
(=) 02. Minecraft: Wii U Edition (Microsoft) [17.12.2015]
(=) 03. Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo) [29.5.2014]
(=) 04. Splatoon (Nintendo) [28.5.2015]
(+4) 05. Super Mario World (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [27.4.2013]
(N) 06. Dot Artist / PixelMaker (Rainy Frog) [19.4.2017]
(=) 07. Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken / Fire Emblem (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [14.5.2014]
(-2) 08. Fire Emblem: Fuin no Tsurugi / Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [02.9.2015]
(-4) 09. Super Mario Maker (Nintendo) [10.9.2015]
(-2) 10. Hoshi no Kirby Super Deluxe / Kirby Super Star (Nintendo, Virtual Console) [01.5.2013]

RUMOR - Hacker discovers information pointing to Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga DX

- information comes from SciresM, a well-known Nintendo hacker
- claims to have found information on the 3DS eShop pertaining to the listing
- included the eShop listing number as well in a Tweet

How would you feel if this turned out to be true? Is it time to revisit the Mario and Luigi series for remakes?

Wii U eShop charts - April 28th, 2017


1. Zelda: Breath of the Wild

2. Super Mario 64

3. Zelda: Majora’s Mask

4. Mario Party 2

5. Zelda: Ocarina of Time

6. Minecraft: Wii U Edition

7. Super Mario World

8. Mario Kart 64

9. Super Mario 3D World

10. Mario Party 10

11. The Legend of Zelda

12. Zelda: A Link to the Past

13. Super Mario Bros. 3

14. Zelda: Wind Waker HD

15. Zelda: Skyward Sword

16. Super Mario Bros.

17. Mario Kart 8

18. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

19. Brain Age

20. Super Mario RPG


1. Nintendo Direct 4/12/17

2. Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo Switch Presentation Trailer

3. Super Mario Mash-Up Pack for Minecraft: Wii U Edition

4. Zelda: Breath of the Wild Nintendo Switch Presentation Trailer

5. Zelda: Breath of the Wild Accolades Trailer

6. Splatoon 2 – Nintendo Direct 4/12/17

7. Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Life in the Ruins

8. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition Nintendo Direct 4/12/17

9. Sonic Forces – Nintendo Direct 4/12/17

10. ARMS – Nintendo Direct 4/12/17

11. Pikmin 2 Trailer

12. Mario Kart 8 New amiibo Racing Suits Trailer

13. Switch Headlines 4/12/17

14. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Nintendo Switch Presentation Trailer

15. Super Mario 3D World Trailer

16. Super Play Time – Splatoon – Get Kraken with Pro Tips

17. Nintendo Minute – Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 First Look

18. Cube Life: Pixel Action Heroes Trailer

19. Pokken Tournament TV Spot

20. Super Smash Bros. – Final Video Presentation

Target/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe advertising hits front page of Reddit

Before you ask, yes I did make sure this wasn't advertising based on my search history. I checked on multiple devices, disconnected from my internet, and checked with some other friends to see what ad they were getting. Looks like Target paid for the top spot on Reddit for at least part of the day, and they grabbed the sidebar block ad as well. This partnership between Target and Nintendo for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is pretty awesome!

Random Time! - Emma Watson chooses between Mario and Sonic in "The Circle"

Whoever wrote that dialog clearly has an axe to grind with SEGA and the more recent Sonic games. That said, I think we can all agree that Mario/Sonic's earlier games were fantastic. It just seems that Mario has maintained the excellent quality all throughout his adventures, be they recent or 30 years old. That said, I really think Sonic Mania/Forces will do a lot to bring Sonic back to his former glory.