Valkyrie Profile, Dragon Quest V DS get US dates

Square Enix pencils in release dates for much of its early 2009 slate; Norse-themed RPG hits March 17, Hand of the Heavenly Bride reaches out Feb. 17.

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Here's a statement sure to shock no one: Square Enix is at work on a whole mess of new and refurbished role-playing games. Today, the Japanese publisher offered an update on its first-quarter release slate, and in the process confirmed that Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume and Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride will indeed arrive for the Nintendo DS in the US.

First revealed during this year's Tokyo Game Show in October, Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume continues the Norse-themed RPG saga that saw its first iteration on the original PlayStation in 2000. The third installment in the Valkyrie Profile series is again developed by tri-Ace, and is expected to arrive on Nintendo's handheld on March 17.

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride first surfaced as the middle child in Square Enix's redux of the fourth, fifth, and sixth installments in the long-running RPG franchise in July 2007. Nevertheless, it wasn't until last month that the first of these games, Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen, landed on the DS to critical approbation. Square Enix expects Hand of the Heavenly Bride to follow on from that release on February 17.

With Star Ocean: First Departure docking to PSPs in just a few weeks, Square Enix said today that its follow-up, Second Evolution, would arrive stateside on January 6. The release will be joined next year by Star Ocean: The Last Hope, which is scheduled for arrival on the Xbox 360 on March 3.

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5 is arguably the best Dragon Quest! For me IV & V are a tight race.

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I can't wait for DQV!

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so lame they all get a U.S release first and then few months down the line released to europe , where ppl like me have to wait.... also to expensive now to import them aswell because of the recession = [

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I can't wait to get DQV. I just finishted DQIV. It was so much fun. I am buying DQIV for my friend for X-mas. I still have the original strategy book for DWIV on nintendo. I want more Dragon Quest.

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Oh!men..It's time to save up....for all of them...

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OH JOY

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Wow, I'm super excited for DQV! :)

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My fear of Valkyrie going region exclusive is over. Both game looks great but I need some more in-depth previews and reviews before I guarantee a purchase to either.

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Wow...Dragon Quest V will be out in time for my birthday(at the end of March). I'll have Dragon Quest IV and Chrono Trigger DS to keep me busy until them.

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Valkyrie Profile, i liked the first one but never finished it, never played the second one ill give a try to this one.

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Hm. I wasn't even aware of VP3. I look forward to it, having immensely enjoyed the first 2.

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so nothing on ps3?

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Not in time for xmas? I guess I could always just ask for gift cards and buy it later.

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I still have to beet Dragon Quest IV first. We are getting a lot of JPRG's in the next few months. Doubt I'll have time to finish them all.

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YES! Finally we get to see DQ V in English! It's about high time!!! But i'm just done with the Japanese version ... rather wait for VI's english release ... that is another DQ that is a time-sucking game with another great story!

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DQV was nothing short of brilliant. The story was very much ahead of it's time in terms of subject and how it was told. Combat could use a little updating and more enemy models would be nice since the game had limited number of them. If they can make those minor updates and not damage anything else in the process this will be a must own for every RPG fan in the west.

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Cool, I've been waiting for release dates for DQ V, VP, and Star Ocean 2.

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Dragon Quest is on the way at long last! I've been waiting so many years to get an official port of Dragon Quest 5... My DS and I will be so happy soon :)

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neat o_ O

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holy....i might have to buy a ds again

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It's a good time to be a lover of RPGs :)

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Ds..some how I don't have it.

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Aww darn, i read Valkyrie and imediatly clicked hoping it was some more news on Valkyria Chronicles.........Oh well i still like Valkyrie profile too, now i need a DS.....

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I want all those games for my DS! :)

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Wow, I'll have to pencil these in to get myself.

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I am sure that I will get Valkyrie Profile, and Dragon Quest V for adding to my DS collection.

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very excited about both of these... especially DQV

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