Dragon Quest VIII returns in portable form on the Nintendo 3DS

Dragon Quest VIII

While games in the Final Fantasy series have been changing with each iteration since the franchise left the 16-bit era, the Dragon Quest games have long been a bastion for fans of “traditional” Japanese RPGs. And right on the heels of Dreamcast favorite Grandia II heading to Steam, one of the biggest games in the Dragon Quest series is being revived on the Nintendo 3DS.

Square Enix is bringing Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King to the 3DS in Japan on August 27, Gematsu reports. The game will sell for 5,980 yen or roughly $50 USD.

The port will add a new scenario as well as new party members: a female thief by the name of Garda, and Morrie, who appeared in Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road. Dragon Quest VIII on the 3DS will also feature full voice-overs, music from the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and StreetPass support.

A number of pre-order bonuses specific to certain retailers were also announced, including the Healie T-Shirt, a “mysterious shirt that recovers HP little by little as you walk,” a spear made of pure gold, and the Lucky Pendant, which makes dodging enemy attacks easier.

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King was originally released in 2004 on the PlayStation 2. Many PS2 gamers may be familiar with the game, as it included a demo of the then-hotly-anticipated Final Fantasy XII.

This isn’t the first time that Dragon Quest VIII has seen a re-release. The game is currently available for iOS devices, though some are put off by the portrait-only orientation. The game sells for $20 in the App Store.

No North American release date has been announced yet. While Dragon Quest IX for the Nintendo DS made its way to the U.S., the last game in the series, Dragon Quest X, has only been sold in Japan to date.

Home Theater

Phiaton’s active lifestyle headphones do noise canceling on a budget

Looking for a set of active noise-canceling earbuds that can keep up with your active lifestyle, without breaking the bank? Phiaton's new Curve BT 120 NC could be just the ticket.
Computing

These Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts will update your OG Windows skills

Windows 10 has many new features, and they come flanked with useful new keyboard shortcuts. Check out some of the new Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts to improve your user experience and save more time!
Gaming

Hey, Sony! If you make a PS2 Classic, it needs these games

158 million PS2 consoles were sold worldwide during its lifecycle, making it the most successful video game console of all time. It was hard, but we narrowed down the PS2's vast library of games. Here are the best PS2 games of all time.
Deals

You don't want to sleep on these red-hot bedding deals

We've rounded up some of the best discounts and sales happening right now, so you can buy yourself (or your loved ones) new bedding without breaking your budget. Trust us when we say these are deals worth losing sleep over.
Gaming

U.S. Copyright Office considering exemption for abandoned online games

The U.S. Copyright Office is considering extending a DMCA exemption to abandoned online games such as MMORPGs. Various video game companies are opposing the measure.
Gaming

‘Tomb Raider’ Barbie? Mattel’s famed doll gets makeover as adventurer Lara Croft

Mattel has announced a Barbie doll based on the upcoming film Tomb Raider. The doll is modeled after actress Alicia Vikander, who plays Lara Croft, and will be released just prior to the film in March.
Gaming

‘Quantum Break’ studio Remedy to release its secretive ‘P7’ in 2019

Quantum Break developer Remedy Entertainment is on track to release the third-person game code-named "P7" in 2019. The game is being published by 505 Games and features the Northlight engine.
Gaming

‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ patch introduces explosive new game mode

Star Wars Battlefront II's Jetpack Cargo game mode pits two teams of eight against each other in a rocket launcher fest to the death. The latest patch also brings new hero appearances and arcade locations.
Gaming

Microsoft isn’t shutting down unofficial mouse and keyboard support on Xbox One

Microsoft said it is not taking a hard stance on allowing the usage of a mouse and keyboard for Xbox One games. Instead, it is letting developers decide what is right for their game.
Gaming

‘Doom’ Nintendo Switch update finally adds motion controls

A new update for the Nintendo Switch version of Doom has added motion controls, as well as a new party option for multiplayer. The game originally came out in 2016 and was ported to the Switch late last year.
Smart Home

Get trash-talked by Amazon’s Alexa with the new game, ‘When in Rome’

Alexa is already an integral part of your family so, of course, she should be part of family game night. And now, she can be with the new game When in Rome from Sensible Object.
Gaming

Xbox ‘CosPups’ is the most adorable thing you’ll see today

Microsoft has revealed its Xbox "CosPups," a group of dogs dressed up to look like popular Microsoft characters. There is even "PUG-G," a pug dedicated to winning his chicken dinner.
Gaming

‘Burnout Paradise Remastered’ crashes onto consoles March 16

Following months of speculation, EA confirmed Burnout Paradise Remastered is real, and will launch March 16 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The remastered edition will include all of the game's DLC.
Social Media

This is ‘Bad News’: Game teaches players to create fake news for research

Want to build a better fake news radar? Try learning how to create it first. That is the idea behind Cambridge's Bad News online game and research project where players create a fake news empire while sharing data with researchers.