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Dragon Quest floor mats ⊟

Add mystery, intrigue, danger and implied dungeons to your home with these Dragon Quest floor mats, on J-List for $23 each. The 50cm square mats come in staircase, journey door or poison swamp styles.

I wonder if you could use a poison swamp tile to keep your cat away from an area… it’s a good look anyway!

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Will you be my valentine, Chocolate Golem? ⊟

I NEED to have this guy in my life. It’s the latest concoction from Luida’s Bar, the Dragon Quest-themed cafe in Tokyo. This mix of chocolate and opera cake will join the dessert menu for the next month, in honor of Valentine’s Day and the Japanese release of Dragon Quest Monsters 2 for 3DS.

From now on, when people ask what my favorite kind of food is, I won’t answer with something boring like Chinese food or French cuisine. With a glint in my eye, I’ll tell them my favorite is Dragon Quest monster food, yes, meals that have been fashioned to look like monsters from Dragon Quest, right before I float away into the sky, leaving this limited world to search for something more in the cosmos. … Yeah, that’s what I’ll tell them.

Since I brought up Dragon Quest, I have to point you to my second-favorite new Tumblr, Pixel Digest. It’s a blog about neat sprites, backgrounds, animations, and tricks with pixels in games, and I love it. The latest entry  shares a clever trick TOSE employed in Dragon Quest III for the Game Boy Color to make the game look far better than it should have despite the system’s limitations.

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In case you forgot about Dragon Quest Monsters 2 ⊟
Here’s a GIF to remind you the 3DS remake (and its limited edition XL bundle — here’s an unboxing) released in Japan this week. The image comes from Kimimi, who posted a video showing the first half hour of her playthrough with the import at Nintendo Life.
So, again, that makes four Dragon Quest games for 3DS that have released in Japan and nowhere else. Now that Bravely Default is out in North America today, maybe we’ll hear about other plans Square Enix and Nintendo have for this side of the Pacific soon. Might as well put those trademarks to use!
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In case you forgot about Dragon Quest Monsters 2 ⊟

Here’s a GIF to remind you the 3DS remake (and its limited edition XL bundle — here’s an unboxing) released in Japan this week. The image comes from Kimimi, who posted a video showing the first half hour of her playthrough with the import at Nintendo Life.

So, again, that makes four Dragon Quest games for 3DS that have released in Japan and nowhere else. Now that Bravely Default is out in North America today, maybe we’ll hear about other plans Square Enix and Nintendo have for this side of the Pacific soon. Might as well put those trademarks to use!

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  • Source kimimisstuff

Valenslime is coming up! ⊟

Not that it matters much here in non-Slime country, but Square Enix will sell these special chocolates with white and pink tins to Dragon Quest lovers in Japan for 1400 yen (around $13).

Who knows, once Bravely Default is out, maybe Square Enix will send a card to all its long-time admirers and tell them it’s choo-choo-choosing to localize the Dragon Quest VII remake.

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  • Source japanese3ds.com

Oh my gooness, more Slime items ⊟

Need more Slime for your 3DS XL? Finally – FINALLY – Square Enix has made a Slime stylus compatible with the 3DS. Unfortunately for 2DS/3DS owners, it’s sized for the XL. It’s available in blue, grey or orange and comes with a matching cleaning cloth.

Other new Smile Slime goods: the 3DS Card Case (blue, orange) and a 3DS XL pouch (blue, black). They all ship on Feb. 6 from Play-Asia and I want every single one of them.

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This is a smartphone AC adapter shaped like a Slime ⊟

Sure, you may already have the Slime battery charger for some emergency power (I do!), but do you have a wall charger shaped like a Slime? Because that exists now.

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  • Source store.jp.square-enix.com

Beautiful Dragon Quest Monsters 2 3DS XL ⊟

I’ll limit my grumbles about the lack of any Dragon Quest games releasing in the West to just this sentence here. This is a really nice limited edition system, almost as pretty as the last Dragon Quest Monsters 3DS

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Make monsters in Dragon Quest Monsters 2 ⊟

Neat; there’s a monster editor in this 3DS remake for the 2001 GBC RPG. There’s a slime witch. That’s cool. These screens are cool (via 4gamer).

Also cool: if you look closely at the second screenshot in the third row, you can see a hint from Square Enix about when the publisher will start releasing its Dragon Quest 3DS games in the West. Here, I’ve blown up the pic for you.

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  • Source 4gamer.net

Dragon Quest: The Phone ⊟

Not only is Square Enix porting Dragon Quest I-VIII to smartphones, it is releasing a Dragon Quest smartphone. I don’t know the specs of the “Metal Slime” colored phone DoCoMo and Square Enix will release, but it doesn’t really matter because you shouldn’t buy a Dragon Quest phone. Like, that is a bad reason to buy a phone.

Looks super cool though. Unlike Dragon Quest VIII on mobile.

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  • Source nttdocomo.co.jp

Dragon Quest Monster Parade trailer is the best ⊟

I’m not about to suggest we pay attention to a F2P Dragon Quest browser game, but I do suggest you watch this trailer for it. I mean, unless you don’t want to see a Slime high-five a Dracky.

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The New Dark Age of Dragon Quest ⊟
I’ve mentioned on here and on Twitter how sad it is that Square Enix hasn’t talked about bringing any of its Dragon Quest 3DS/Wii U games to the West, but Jeremy Parish put together a great piece on the state of the series, and how the publisher “seem to have given up on making it a viable export.”

"Honestly, it’s difficult to imagine a positive outcome to the situation. As the games industry continues to lock itself further into the AAA rut, publishers continue to polarize game releases into big-budget affairs or indie titles. For a handful of classic Japanese brands like Dragon Quest, there’s just no place in the West; they’re too big to be indie, but too niche to match the success of the big names.”

Credit to JessicaAlbert13 for the shot of the slimes being held hostage (I think from Dragon Warrior: Legend of the Hero Abel?).
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The New Dark Age of Dragon Quest

I’ve mentioned on here and on Twitter how sad it is that Square Enix hasn’t talked about bringing any of its Dragon Quest 3DS/Wii U games to the West, but Jeremy Parish put together a great piece on the state of the series, and how the publisher “seem to have given up on making it a viable export.”

"Honestly, it’s difficult to imagine a positive outcome to the situation. As the games industry continues to lock itself further into the AAA rut, publishers continue to polarize game releases into big-budget affairs or indie titles. For a handful of classic Japanese brands like Dragon Quest, there’s just no place in the West; they’re too big to be indie, but too niche to match the success of the big names.”

Credit to JessicaAlbert13 for the shot of the slimes being held hostage (I think from Dragon Warrior: Legend of the Hero Abel?).

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First screens for Dragon Quest Monsters 2 

Square Enix announced this 3DS remake of the 2001 GBC game last month, but here are the first screenshots we’re getting for it. If you haven’t been counting, this is the fourth Dragon Quest game on the 3DS with no announced plans for a Western release.

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  • Source dragonquest.jp