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Here comes the Heavenly Bride, all dressed in a DQV promotional trailer

Though Dragon Quest IV hasn't even washed up onto U.S. shores yet (look for it in September), Japan is gearing up for Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride's release on July 17th with a new trailer.

We can't complain too much about the wait, however, as publisher Square Enix has already announced that it will be bringing its DQV and DQVI (both originally released for the Super Famicom) remakes to the states eventually, having kept the two games in Japan for over 15 years. Comparatively speaking, a one- or two-year wait for DQV DS isn't that long!

Gallery: Dragon Quest V

[Via NeoGAF]

Dragon Quest V: The Search for Stuff

Rare items will play more of a part in Dragon Quest V's sidequests than just the wireless Item Shop mode. DQV features "special items" that can be collected throughout the game simply for the novelty of having rare items. Some items are found in dungeons, and others are actually purchased as souvenirs. Some items, like the Chizotto Compass, which marks your current location, have in-game use in addition to intrinsic rarity-driven value.

Your stuff can be displayed in a Museum found along the journey. Apparently, the more stuff you put in this special museum, the more visitors will come, who will in turn alert you to the locations of more stuff. You can trade your special items wirelessly, and you can populate your shop with rare local goods.

A new bride in Dragon Quest V?

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride won't just be a straight remake of either the Super Famicom or PlayStation 2 versions of DQV. New characters, both original and pulled from other Dragon Quests, and new features are being put in. The Jailcat enemy from Dragon Quest VIII has been revealed to appear in the new game, and there's a new item shop feature, but Square Enix has something even more significant planned: a new character named Deborah.

follows the hero character over 20 years of his life, even including the option to marry one of two women. It seems likely that the newly-announced Deborah will be a third potential wife. You can see the full Jump scan at Jeux-France.

Promotional Consideration: Dragon Quest IV commercials were weird

With the Dragon Quest IV DS remake announced for the US and Europe this week, we thought it'd be good a time to dig up Enix's commercials for the original Famicom game's release in Japan. They're completely different from the retro ads used last November when the DS remake shipped.

As with Squaresoft's chocobo commercials for Final Fantasy IV on the Super Famicom (launching a little over a year after Dragon Quest IV), these ads were just plain odd! They show hardly any in-game video, relying on logos and recognizable theme music instead. Gather your party and meet us in the fifth chapter, past the post break, for the commercials.

Continue reading Promotional Consideration: Dragon Quest IV commercials were weird

Dragon Quest V: Heavenly Screens

The website for the Dragon Quest V re-remake (probably to be titled Dragon Quest V: Heavenly Bride in its probable U.S. release) has been updated with character art and a little bit of history about the game. Most importantly for English readers, it's been updated with screens -- tons of them, in one- and two-screen format. You can look at pictures of the party (tiny horse and carriage and all) walking in towns, fields, and dungeons and pretty much get the idea.

Dragon Quest V
appears to be cleaning up beautifully, proving that even if developer Artepiazza isn't the most adept at creating Wii RPGs (except by default), they're certainly up to the task of recreating RPGs on the DS.

[Via NeoGAF]

Dragon Quest V date confirmed for Japan -- July 17th

If you've been anxious to hear an official announcement on Dragon Quest V: Tenkuu no Hanayome's (Bride of Heaven) release date, you'll be happy to hear that you can finally mark your calendars ... for the day someone else in Japan can buy the game. Square Enix has posted three updated screenshots and confirmed the rumor we reported just two days ago about a possible July 17th release for the 3D remake.

While this is all great news, we're anxious to hear when Square Enix plans to finally bring DQV (and DQIV DS!) to the states, as the original Super Famicom game never left Japan. While we're at it, when are we getting the next non-remake for the series, Dragon Quest IX?

Gallery: Dragon Quest V

Rumor: Dragon Quest V dated for Japan

Word is that we're about to find out that Dragon Quest V will be released in Japan this summer, thus ensuring that nation has just as great a summer as we'll have here in the U.S. The remake was originally slated for this spring, but, clearly, it's been delayed. Of course, we've still not heard whether or not Dragon Quest IV will make it across the ocean, but that doesn't mean they won't. After all, in recent memory, Professor Layton was all over Japan long before we heard about the English localization, and we're pretty sure that Square Enix enjoys money, so it seems likely that the Dragon Quest remakes will make it over here eventually.

For now, however, those of you with an eye toward importing DQV, look toward July, and keep your fingers crossed for us poor saps who can't read it in Japanese.

Gallery: Dragon Quest V

Dragon Quest V: like the PS2 version, only smaller

Square Enix's remake of Dragon Quest V looks to be taking more than just a graphical cue from the PS2 version. Since the DS remake seems to be retaining some of the gameplay changes made when the original Super Famicom game journeyed to the PS2 in 2004, like four-character-combat (as opposed to three in the original), Siliconera's Spencer Yip is theorizing that some of the other changes may remain in place as well -- and we hope he's correct. The PS2 version came complete with a higher difficulty level and more content, and we're all in favor of anything that packs more into our DS games.

Dragon Quest V is set for a release in Japan sometime in the spring of 2008.

Dragon Quest V coming out (again) in spring 2008

Square Enix has announced a release window for the next in their series of rapid-fire Dragon Quest remakes. Dragon Quest V: Bride of Heaven is scheduled for a spring 2008 release in Japan.

This is one that we should be really hoping for, because it has actually never been released outside Japan. Unlike Dragon Quest IV, which just hasn't been released outside Japan in a long time. But with the Enix side in charge of Square Enix, and with Dragon Quest IV selling like it is in Japan, expect to see the money spent for localization of all three remakes.

Dragon Quest V features the ability to catch and tame monsters. Much like Torneko's quest in Dragon Quest IV spun off into its own game (and then the Mystery Dungeon series in general), this mechanic was the genesis of the Dragon Quest Monsters games.

Japan loves their Dragon Quest.

Checking out the look of DQIV

They must be hungry for details on the Dragon Quest IV remake over at Jeux France -- they took scans from a few weeks ago and blew up the screenshots within to get a peek at the look of the title. Since we also yearn to see how things will look (and for an English translation of the game!), we thought we might share them with you. Please note, however, that the scans are cut up; you'll have to slip back in time if you missed the full scans the first time around. But if it's grainy, oversized screens-from-scans that pique your interest, head over there and get your drool on.

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