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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
ドラゴンクエストVIII 空と海と大地と呪われし姫君
Dragon Quest VIII Sora to Umi to Daichi to Norowareshi Himegimi
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North American box art
Developer(s): Level-5
Publisher(s): Original:
Square Enix
JP/KOR: Square Enix
NA/EU: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Android
Category: Role-playing
Players: 1
Predecessor: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
Successor: Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
Copyrights: N/A
Release dates
N. America:

January 20, 2017[1]


August 27, 2015


January 20, 2017[2]


January 21, 2017[3]

S. Korea:

January 20, 2017[4]

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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (known in Europe as Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King) is the eighth main installment of Square Enix's Dragon Quest series, developed by Level-5 originally for the PlayStation 2 and released in 2004-2006. The game was later remade for Nintendo 3DS, released in 2015 in Japan, and was later released worldwide in 2017. Dragon Quest VIII was the first installment in the series to use the "Dragon Quest" name for its international release.


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In the land of Trodian, the king's court jester Dhoulmagus steals an ancient scepter and casts a spell on the entire castle, turning the king into a troll, the princess into a horse, and everybody else into plants. The protagonist, a guard who was unaffected by the spell, goes on an adventure with a party of other characters to stop Dhoulmagus and undo the curse. However, after defeating Dhoulmagus it is discovered that he was possessed by Rhapthorne, the Lord of Darkness sealed away by seven sages. The player must stop Rhapthorne in order to undo the curse once and for all.


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Technical details[edit]

Technical Details

Nintendo 3DS Game Card
Digital download

Download size

24,413 blocks

Supported features

Nintendo Network

Input / compatible controllers

Nintendo 3DS


External links[edit]


  1. "Discover a world of adventure when #DragonQuest8 arrives for Nintendo #3DS on 1/20/17!" Nintendo of America on Twitter (November 3, 2016). Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  2. Dragon Quest VIII launches on January 20 in North America and Europe. Nintendo Everything (November 3, 2016). Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  3. The New Year brings a new (DRAGON) quest, on 21st January 2017! Nintendo Australia (November 4, 2016). Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  4. Press release from Nintendo Korea (January 20, 2017). Retrieved January 21, 2017.

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