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Square-Enix ponders a remake of Dragon Quest IX, sees Switch as a viable platform for such a remake

Not official...yet

Square-Enix recently held a live-stream featuring multiple developers from Dragon Quest IX. We shared footage from that event, but now we have the full translation of details, thanks to Siliconera. Check out the summary of that event below.

- Yuji Horii talked about wanting to do something with Dragon Quest that would take players outdoors
- he felt that Pokémon was able to beat him to the punch with Pokémon GO
- talk about taking players outdoors brought back memories of Dragon Quest IX and its StreetPass-like feature
- the team ponders a potential remake of Dragon Quest IX, and they lean towards Switch and smartphones for this
- about 80~90% of respondents were asking for this title to come to Switch
- Horii suggested smartphones while discussing possible functionalities, but Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino chimed in saying they could make things happen with Switch using Wi-Fi, too
- Dragon Quest IX looked a lot better to them back in the day compared to how they see it now
- they acknowledge that fans would be happy to just get improved looks for the equipment
- Square-Enix is always considering a remake for Dragon Quest IX, but to them it’s a special title
- if they were to do a remake or port, they wouldn’t be able to decide on the platform at the moment
- there are a lot of people who only played through the story of Dragon Quest IX just once
- this is why they think it would be nice to have Dragon Quest IX that will allow players to simply enjoy its story
- Director Jin Fujisawa says he wants to hear more from fans that want a remake
- they don’t have any studios in mind as to who would take care of its development
- Level-5 President Hino jokingly mentioned that he could do it in a couple months
- in reality he says that it would take about a year, and that’s not counting any additional content
- the creators talked about whether they should add more to the story or just do a remake with added quests and such
- Hino added that back when he worked on Dragon Quest VIII and IX he told himself he’d never do a spinoff or remake
- nowadays he's very interested in doing so
- the creators wanted to remind fans that the talk session just for fun and nothing is actually in the works
- the brainstorming session about a hypothetical remake got their creative juices flowing
- the team all appear pretty excited about the possibilities of getting it done in the near future

NPD's Mat Piscatella shares the best-selling 3rd party published games to appear on Nintendo platforms, and the best-selling portable games

Rock and roll all night

NPD's Mat Piscatella is back again with some interesting sales data for the US. Mr. Piscatella has shared U.S. charts for the best-selling 3rd party published games to appear on Nintendo platforms, and the best-selling portable games overall. Check out those top 10 charts below.




Game History Secrets - The History of Elite Beat Agents

This series needs to come back

Today on Game History Secrets, Liam looks at the history of Elite Beat Agents, which is known as the Ouendan series in Japan. The EBA series has thus far only released on the Nintendo DS system.

Concept art and story details for the cancelled Mega Man Star Force 4 surface

Ah, what could have been

There was a time when Capcom was working on Mega Man Star Force 4, but they scrapped it for numerous reasons. Today we get a look at official concept art for the game above, as well as a ton of story details.

- illustration drawn by Shinsuke Komaki
- Mega Man Star Force 4 entered production roughly 10-years-ago
- the project was crapped due to poor sales of Rockman EXE: Operate Shooting Star and Mega Man Star Force 3
- Mega Man Star Force 4 aimed to be more tonally "mature" than previous entries to attract an older demographic
- the game would have starred a slightly older, more hardened Geo Stellar (redesigned with new clothes and a new Visualizer)
- there would be abrand-new character named Kazuma
- Kazuma was a genius hacker and a direct descendant of Lan Hikari's family
- the story involved Geo and Kazuma crossing paths and becoming outlaw hackers
- the two would be sought by the Satella Police, and reward for their capture was 8,000,000 Zenny a piece-
- hacking was intended to be the theme/gimmick

First 4 Figures reveals preorder date for the Okami Amaterasu PVC Statue

Two years in the making

After more than two years since its reveal during the 2017 Christmas Special, it has officially been announced that AMATERASU PVC will finally be available for pre-order after the Friday Q&A with Chocks and A #125 Facebook live stream on FRIDAY, 21 JUNE 2019, 10:00 PM HKT.

Boundary Break - Out of Bounds Nintendogs Fly Everywhere!

Time once again to see things we're not supposed to see! This week, Boundary Break takes a look at the world of Nintendogs! When was the last time you fired up your DS and gave your dog some TLC?!

Region Locked - Nintendo's Asia-Exclusive MapleStory Games

Why did we never get these?

This time on Region Locked, we take a look at two MapleStory game that never left Asia. These games are MapleStory DS for the Nintendo DS, and MapleStory: Girl of Destiny for the Nintendo 3DS.

Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary gets fan translation

While Puyo Puyo Champions has released for Switch worldwide, hardcore fans are looking backwards at Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary, a DS title that never saw release outside of Japan. A group of fan-translators decided to change that, and have released a patch to play the game in English. Translated content includes regular battle modes, story mode, tutorial, battle victory lines, and menu graphics.

Chrono Trigger Album Between Earth and Sky Now Available

A tribute to one of gaming's best soundtracks

SEATTLE - May 3, 2019 - Materia Collective is excited to make available Between Earth and Sky, a beautiful re-imagining of Yasunori Mistuda's beloved Chrono Trigger soundtrack. Performed and organized by operatically-trained soprano singer Julia Henderson and featuring several guest soloists, Between Earth and Sky breathes new life into several key themes from the game, touching on everything from sweet and ethereal ballads and sultry jazz performances to metal and more. There's a little something for everyone across this amazing musical journey through time and space. Between Earth and Sky is now available wherever digital music is sold:

Between Earth and Sky on All Storefronts

The track list for Between Earth and Sky includes many surprises and some of the most popular themes from Chrono Trigger:

01. Memories of Green
02. Battle with Magus
03. Corridors of Time
04. Schala's Theme
05. Wings that Cross Time
06. World Revolution

"Chrono Trigger's soundtrack has personally touched me more than any other, and I know there are many others with similar emotional connections to both the game and Yasunori Mitsuda's soundtrack," comments Julia Henderson. "My concept and the reasoning behind the album's title, Between Earth and Sky, was to highlight the physical, emotional, and metaphysical journey that the characters undertake as they discover the truth about the end of the world, experience the end of time itself, and defeat Lavos. Most importantly, Crono's friends throughout the game all come from different eras and lands. Thus, Crono finds a greater common purpose along with the unlikeliest of allies, including a robot, a princess, a frog, and a demon king. This theme echoed my collaborative efforts, as I involved many musicians and non-musicians who all share a love for Chrono Trigger and its music."

Totaku working on a Viewtiful Joe figurine

Henshin a-go-go, baby!

Totaku has revealed a new figurine in their lineup, and it's one some older Capcom fans will be into. A Viewtiful Joe figurine is set to release sometime in late Summer 2019, with a price point yet to be confirmed.

It's nice to see some love heading Viewtiful Joe's way. If only we could get Capcom to feel the same way and make a new Viewtiful Joe game!

Thanks to BuzztheBatgirl for the heads up!

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