It's been so many years that it's hard to remember we've actually seen Dragon Quest IV on these shores before; the game was released as Dragon Warrior IV on the NES in 1992. This was right around the time that the series fell off the map in the US, and it wasn't until Dragon Quest VII that things got back on track. Now Gamespot is finally starting to see some of the series library trickle into domestic release, and the Dragon Quest IV remake has arrived on the DS. Gamespot took a quick tour of the game on the E3 show floor to see how the English language release is shaping up.
The story of Dragon Quest IV follows a rather unorthodox route. The first several chapters of the game feature the characters who will ultimately become companions of the hero, who only joins the fray towards the latter end of things. The knight Ragnar, the princess Alena, the magician Borya, the priest Kiryl, the merchant Torneko and the twins Maya and Meena all have their own piece of the story to experience, everything weaving into a central tale.