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Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince Brings More Creature-Catching To Switch In December

Who needs Pikachu when you can capture a slime?


While Square Enix is focusing much of its efforts on Final Fantasy 16, it did have some recent news for Dragon Quest fans. The Pokemon-influenced side series is getting a Switch-exclusive comeback in the form of Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince.

At the latest Nintendo Direct, Square Enix debuted a trailer for Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince. The titular dark prince is thrown into a world of monsters, but also cursed to be unable to attack them. Saved by a monster-raising mentor, he must become a monster wrangler to survive.

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In play, you can scout, capture, and train various monsters that roam the world. You can combine monsters to create new, more powerful ones. The game looks to have an open-world feel, somewhat like the more recent Switch Pokemon entries. You can also test your wits and skills against monsters in a coliseum. The trailer concludes with a glimpse of Hero from Dragon Quest IV, so the game might take place in the same universe as Chapters of the Chosen.

Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince is the latest in the Dragon Quest Monster sub-series games. It is the first new title in seven years. The first debuted way back in 1998 on Game Boy Color. Caravan Heart was a Japan-exclusive prequel to Dragon Quest VII for the Game Boy Advance. Then there were three Dragon Quest Monster Joker games for Nintendo DS and 3DS. Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince will release on December 1.

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