Square-Enix has announced a new book for Japan called Dragon Quest Riddle Book: Nazonazooma’s Written Challenge. The book contains 300 Dragon Quest riddles to solve, and can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Nazonazooma’s Written Challenge launches on August 2nd, 2019 in Japan.
Collection of Mana brings the first three titles in the seminal Mana series to the Nintendo Switch in an all-in-one package. The collection is an essential bundle for new fans who want to play the classics for the first time and nostalgia-seekers who want to relive fond memories and high fantasy adventures on the go.
Square-Enix says this retail run for Collection of Mana is going to be a limited release. You can snag a preorder at places like the Square-Enix store, GameStop, and Best Buy. Collection of Mana hits retail on Aug. 27th, 2019.
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered was announced for Switch a few days back, much to the surprise and adulation of series fans. Wondering who's handling the work on this game? It turns out Square-Enix has enlisted the help of Dotemu to whip this game into shape for this generation.
Square-Enix wants to make sure fans can get their fix of Square-Enix games without ever leaving their home. In an interview with Game Informer, Square-Enix President and CEO Yosuke Matsuda says one of the company's goals is to make its entire back catalog available digitally.
"We're working on that in a variety of ways. That is a request that we hear often. As far as our major titles go, most of those, we still have variations out that you can play now. The more classic titles that you might have played on NES, we are still working hard to make it so you can play those. We actually have launched a dedicated project internally to port those, so we are working to make them available on a variety of platforms. Certainly down the road, we would like to see that on a subscription or streaming service, so we're exploring the possibility of creating a dedicated channel for ourselves.
I think everyone is going in that direction (streaming), so we do want to be proactive in considering those options. We still don't know if it would be a subscription service or an exclusive downloading service or what form it might take, but we do want to leverage our catalog."
It's certainly a valiant effort, but there's just one tiny issue. Square-Enix has lost some of the source code for those classic titles.
"I'm embarrassed to admit it, but in some cases, we don't know where the code is anymore. It's very hard to find them sometimes, because back in the day you just made them and put them out there and you were done – you didn't think of how you were going to sell them down the road. Sometimes customers ask, 'Why haven't you released that [game] yet?' And the truth of the matter is it's because we don't know where it has gone."
Game Informer put together a feature on 11 things they think you should know about Trials of Mana. I read through the whole list and boiled down the info to bulletpoints. I actually reworked some of the info, but it ended up being 11 points anyway!
- pick from six characters for your protagonist with their own origin stories
- pick two compatriots that join your protagonist's story as party members
- the decision to remake Trials of Mana and bring Collection of Mana over was due to feedback from the western side of Square Enix
- the game uses Unreal Engine 4
- partner A.I. has improved by taking feedback (and complaints) from other Mana titles
- the full game will be voice acted and will allow players to choose between English and Japanese voice acting
- no co-op
- the story is not exactly the same as it was on the SNES, as this game features an expansion on the ideas within it
- the developers had no idea there was a cult following in the West, but found the fan translation after the project was greenlit
- the producers want to remake the entire series eventually
- Collection of Mana is Switch-exclusive because they had to get the code for the games from Nintendo
Last released in 2008, The Last Remnant captured the hearts and minds of gamers with its enthralling story, countless characters and intricate battle system. Now this cult classic RPG is back with a Remastered version and is coming to Nintendo Switch with even more beautiful graphics, enhanced via an updated game engine.
As we mentioned last night, Square-Enix was hosting a Dragon Quest XI S live-stream in Japan today. You can see the full presentation above, which was jam-packed with details on just what's changed for Dragon Quest XI S on Switch. Check out the insane list of changes and tweaks below.
Additional Elements and Improvements
The gameplay styles of both the PlayStation 4 and 3DS versions in one.
Spell of Restoration scenario selection.
Newly added party member dialogue.
Voice support for all party member dialogue.
Switch between voice languages (Gorgeous Edition-only).
Option to turn on / off sounds from the protagonist (exhaling, etc.)
The timing at which you can visit Yocchi Village has changed.
The placement of Yocchi that possess passwords.
New “Appearance-Changing Equipment” added.
Implemented horse racing remedial actions.
Ability to skip cutscenes the first time around.
Photo Mode added.
Increased variation of ridable monsters.
Ability to attack ridable monsters on the field to earn experience points.
Switches to dedicated background music when riding a great sabrecat.
Party members follow you on the field.
Ability to call horse at all times.
Obtain experience from blowing away monsters on the horse.
Shiny spots stand out more.
Immediately obtain materials upon examining gathering points.
Bowgun gameplay revised.
Added church Yocchi before the Lord of Shadows Mordegon.
Adjusted the placement of guest NPCs when camping.
Increased the tempo of party dialogue.
Added party member speech bubbles in battle.
In battle, party members move on their own according to the situation.
Adjusted battle speed.
Added ability to switch between free movement and auto camera mid-battle.
“Skill Reset” available from the beginning of the game.
“Learn Multiple Skills” available from the beginning of the game.
Forging can now be done anytime, anywhere.
Reverse lookup and purchase materials required for forging.
Made it easier to understand which items can be created with forging.
Display 2D-only monsters in the 3D bestiary.
Navigate the UI with the joystick.
Added shortcut menu.
Added guide for opening the map.
Added effective weapon type icons to the skill panel.
Display defeated monsters list in the map menu.
Display rarefied monsters on the defeated monsters list.
Display status ailments when switching out party members.
Improved the display of walking recovery effects.
Appearance-changing equipment is properly labeled.
Purchased materials automatically go into the item bag.
Revised soldier events in the Heliodor Sewers.
Partial improvements to 2D graphics.
Partial improvements to 2D event scenes.
Adjusted the 2D map at the start of the game.
Added “Smell” to replace Noah’s Archive.
Added ability to click through the message window as the level up melody is playing.
Partial quest adjustments.
Increased party member reactions in battle, emphasized a sense of unity.
Added Photo Mode.
Implemented horse racing remedial actions.
Voice Drama Downloadable Content (1,500 yen)
About four to five hours in length. A collection of short stories that dive deeper into the characters, including their pasts, as well as depicts their everyday lives.
There is a story of Jade when she was a child, a young Rab, as well as a story about a Medamoiselles play.
There are various stories, from good stories that make you laugh to matters of life.
There is also a read-aloud story in which Mitsuki Saiga plays about nine roles by himself.
Rab serves as the guide for the Voice Drama.
Text can also be displayed. There are log, fast-forward, and rewind features.
Increased Party Member Reactions in Battle, Emphasized a Sense of Unity
In order to create a sense of unity with your party members, characters left alone will move on their own, or move to evade when approached, as well as produce speech bubbles related to the battle situation.
In event battles, there are even some special lines that are voiced.
While this does not apply to everything, it is also possible to purchase the materials you are missing.
Additional Ridable Monsters
The great sabrecat runs at high-speed. By roaring, you can summon nearby monsters.
“Appearance-Changing Equipment” can now only change appearance without affecting attack power and defense power.
The “Kingdom of Trodain Set” changes the protagonist’s appearance to that of the Dragon Quest VIII protagonist. Dragon Quest VIII music also plays on the field.
Adventure the Worlds of Previous Dragon Quest Titles
All the worlds of previous Dragon Quest titles use 8-bit graphics. Even the maps that were 3D in the 3DS version were recreated in 8-bit. The music is also 8-bit sound source.
Spell of Restoration Evolution
Go back to an adventure that you have already passed. Return and replay a previous adventure while carrying over your strength. You can also choose between 2D and 3D modes.
Photo Mode includes features such as rearranging characters, changing the way the camera is facing, posing, turning on or off the character display (individual settings also possible), blurring the background, and more.
Madame Cherie is a professor at L’Academie de Notre Maitre les Medailles.