How to import Dragon Quest 1, 2 and 3 on the Nintendo Switch when they eventually arrive in Asia.
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes Of An Elusive Age S is coming to the Nintendo Switch very soon, and for players in Asia it comes with the original 1, 2 and 3 trilogy that sparked one of the best gaming franchises of all time. This announcement has naturally resulted in the west asking whether they'll receive ports of the original trilogy too, but it doesn't entirely matter as the re-releases will have an English option meaning imports are viable.
Although Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch is coming to PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch very soon, Dragon Quest XI is arguably the greatest JRPG of the current decade (despite its ear-bleeding music), and its Definitive Edition should remarkably make it even better in theory.
So as if it wasn't bad enough that the PS4 isn't receiving XI S despite being home to the original cut, Sony loyalists will now also have to endure the misery of watching Nintendo Switch players enjoy the series' original trilogy.
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How to import Dragon Quest 1, 2 and 3 on the Switch
Per Forbes, the first three Dragon Quest video games are being ported to the Switch to celebrate the launch of Dragon Quest XI S. These ports are being localised in Asia so they can finally be enjoyed outside of Japan, and the Square Enix Asia Facebook page indicates that they will boast multi-language options: traditional Chinese, Korean and English.
This is fantastic news that should have western fans of JRPGs jumping for joy as it means an import is a viable option thanks to readable subtitles and Nintendo Switch games being region free.
One of the simplest ways to import the Dragon Quest trilogy digitally will be to change your region on your Nintendo Switch account. You can do this by logging into your account and then changing your region to Hong Kong or Korea in settings (not all Asian countries have Nintendo eShops, but Hong Kong and Korea do).
Once you've done that, just find the Dragon Quest trilogy and purchase it. A release date hasn't been specified as of yet, but it's said to launch sometime in 2019.
If you don't want to digitally buy the Dragon Quest trilogy, you can always pre-order the package from PlayAsia.
Aside from PlayAsia, people in the United Kingdom can also pre-order the Dragon Quest trilogy package on Nintendo Switch from Baazar-Baazar. This is a London retailer that specialises in selling Asian/Japanese releases along with other rich novelties, so it's a worthwhile alternative to check out.
Only you need to be aware that - as of writing - they only have 47 copies in stock.
It's of course possible that the Dragon Quest trilogy will eventually arrive in the west for all major retailers at a later date, but you can just follow the above if you want to play it asap with English subtitles.
Why you should play Dragon Quest 1, 2 and 3 on the Switch
The original Dragon Quest trilogy includes the following games:
- Dragon Quest
- Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line
- Dragon Quest III: The Seeds Of Salvation
This is fantastic for JRPG lovers who want to experience a rush of nostalgia, but it's especially fantastic for those who absolutely adore Dragon Quest XI or are planning to play it for the very first time.
Although I won't go into details to avoid major spoilers (you can read Forbes' insightful and in-depth explanation if you so wish), the reason you'll want to play the original trilogy before/after Dragon Quest XI is because they're connected.
This means you'll gain a superior appreciation for Dragon Quest XI S once you've played the original trilogy. But then again, Dragon Quest XI is a marvellous achievement in its own right, so don't mistakenly believe that you need to brush up on the series' history in order to appreciate its wonderful tale, world and characters.
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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes Of An Elusive Age S arrives on the Nintendo Switch and PC on September 27.
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