Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King sees the 3DS’s year off to a strong start

Taking the focus away from the Nintendo Switch for a moment, this week sees a smattering of new Wii U and 3DS games on the eShop.

Here be dragons. Well, maybe – when Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King launched on PS2 all those years ago we don’t recall seeing any majestic flying beasts. The RPG classic – and the first in the series to make a real impact in the west – hits the 3DS this Friday. The eShop price has been set for £34.99, so you may want to go the retail route for this one – it’s currently £28 to pre-order at Amazon.


Reviews are full of praise, including a glowing 9/10 from Nintendo Life. “This isn’t just one of the best RPGs on the 3DS, it’s one of the best RPGs full stop — and one of the best Dragon Quests to dive into for the uninitiated” they said.

New 3DS owners can pick up RCMADIAXs newest score-chaser COLOR CUBES (£1.39), while all and sundry can test their management skills in Gourmet Dream (£4.79), which puts you in charge of a restaurant.

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World can also be put through its paces this week, via a free demo. The full game is out 3rd February.

Then on Wii U there’s Toby: The Secret Mine (£6.99), which is also due out on Xbox One (and maybe PS4) before the week is out. It’s an indie puzzle/platformer inspired by Limbo or Nihilumbra, with a very similar graphic style to the former.


As for discounts, just three 3DS games are due a drop: Dan McFox: Head Hunter (£1.59), Word Logic by POWGI (£6.39) and Football Up Online (£2.69).

Wii U discounts meanwhile include Kung Fu FIGHT! (£1.34), Midnight 2 (£1.43), VRog (£3.59) and Breakout Defense (£5.00). Some Enjoy Up games are reduced too, but nothing that hasn’t been on offer before.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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