1st reviewer: The unsatisfactory points in the other platform versions of DQH1 have been somewhat improved, making it easier to play which I’m grateful for. It left a good impression where I could strongly taste the good feeling of Actions as well as the “sense of adventuring” unique to Dragon Quest. Although this is basically a ported title, there are also new characters getting added, so it should be a good opportunity for people who haven’t played it yet to try playing it. It would have been the best… if you could bring a Switch and play multiplayer through local connection with everyone. 9
2nd reviewer: Enjoying action battles with the Dragon Quest series’ world setting ought to excite minds of the series’ fans. It doesn’t stop at just adding new characters and bosses; there are also re-adjustment of difficulty levels among other detailed improvement points, improving it to be easier to play which I’m glad of. The DLC up until now has been all included; the content is a good deal for people who haven’t tried it. Supporting features unique to the Nintendo Switch version, such as the HD Rumble, is also a good point.. 9
3rd reviewer: For people who haven’t played the other platform versions yet, I think you can taste the feel of a major title with a reasonable price. I’m surprised at feeling the response when slashing monsters with the Joy-Con’s HD Rumble. The content is suitable for experiencing the ways of playing unique to Nintendo Switch, such as grinding experience with Portable Mode and progressing through the story with TV Mode. DQH1 has also been improved in various detailed points, such as automatic gathering of dropped items. 9
4th reviewer: People who have played a Dragon Quest series title will be the first attracted by this. In the action battles against large hordes of monsters as well as gigantic monsters, you can enjoy it with a just right difficulty level while it’s filled with rescue measures. The hack&slash feature is unexpectedly strong, but the different tastes – DQH1 which can be played with a good-tempoed mission format, and DQH2 where you can actually feel the enormous scale of the story world – are effective, as the sense of repetitiveness is somewhat thin. 9
Total score: 36/40
Review originally appeared in Weekly Famitsu magazine, and is translated by BlackKite. This translation is © Copyright Japanese Nintendo. Please link to the Japanese Nintendo website (https://japanesenintendo.com/) at the top of the review if posting elsewhere.