Dragon Quest Series

ConsoleNameDeveloperLucca's Observations
3DSDragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten PastArtePiazzaA whole new translation (for better or worse), changed encounter types from random to field enemies, and tweaked the class progression slightly
3DSDragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed KingSquare EnixAdds new characters, story elements, and balance changes, but removes the orchestrated soundtrack and is not as visually appealing
DSDragon Quest IV: Chapters of the ChosenArtePiazzaClassic JRPG gameplay broken up into chapters following specific protagonists, has one more chapter than the NES version
DSDragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry SkiesLevel-5Intended to be a multiplayer JRPG, all party members are customizable
DSDragon Quest Monsters: JokerToseMore Dragon Quest-themed monster collection and synthesis! Also features a DQ VIII- like skill system
DSDragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2ToseNot a direct sequel to Joker, adds monsters of varying sizes but otherwise plays the same
DSDragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly BrideArtePiazzaFirst release of DQV in North America, featuring monster taming and a multi-generational story
DSDragon Quest VI: Realms of RevelationArtePiazzaFirst appearance of DQVI in the west, same turn-based gameplay, plot revolving around two separate worlds
GB+GBCDragon Warrior I & IIToseKeeps the same QoL changes brought by the SFC version, albeit with some naturally downgraded graphics
GB+GBCDragon Warrior IIIToseMaintains the QoL changes of the SFC version, adds an extra bonus dungeon, downgrades graphics a bit
GB+GBCDragon Warrior MonstersToseSort of Dragon Quest's answer to Pokemon, but with fusion as well
GB+GBCDragon Warrior Monsters 2: Cobi's Journey/Tara's AdventureToseLeans harder into the Pokemon slant with 2 different versions
JP 3DSDragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3Square EnixMore monsters to scout, synthesize, and ride around the various worlds; turn-based combat with in-depth skill trees
JP 3DSDragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3DSquare EnixA remake of Dragon Warrior Monsters, with more monsters to train/breed, a larger party size, and a 3D world to explore
JP 3DSSlime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3: Daikaizoku to Shippo DanSquare Enix
JP GBADragon Quest Monsters: Caravan HeartToseStars a young Prince Keifer from DQVII, where you recruit humans and monsters for your growing caravan
JP PS2Dragon Quest V: Tenkuu no HanayomeArtePiazza/Matrix SoftwareA 3D remake of the Super Famicom classic with an increased party size
NESDragon WarriorChunsoftSolo questing to save the kingdom!
NESDragon Warrior IIChunsoftRescuing the kingdom, now with a party!
NESDragon Warrior IIIChunsoftIntroduces a class system to the series, far less linear than its predecessors
NESDragon Warrior IVChunsoftBreaks up the story into chapters with different protagonists that come together in the end
PS2Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed KingLevel-5Can you really say no to more slimes? In a fully 3D environment?
PS4Dragon Quest BuildersSquare EnixSee Vita
PS4Dragon Quest Builders 2Omega Force/Square EnixRestore the world of Dragon Quest 2 by completing requests for villagers and questing for materials, leveling both your character and village along the way
PS4Dragon Quest Heroes IIOmega ForceAdds more traditional JRPG elements such as overworld traversal and questing to break up the gameplay, but is otherwise similar to the first
PS4Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight BelowOmega ForceA Dragon Quest-themed musou, with many playable characters from throughout the series' history
PS4Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive EditionArmor Project/Square EnixSee Switch
PS4Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive AgeArmor Project/Square EnixNo random encounters, a free-form camera in combat, and tons of traditional but loveable style; considered by some to be the best in the series
PSXDragon Warrior VIIHeart BeatLooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong Dragon Quest game
PSXTorneko: The Last HopeChunsoft/Matrix SoftwareRoguelike sequel to Torneko no Daibouken (SFC), second localized Mystery Dungeon game
SFCDragon Quest I + IIChunsoftCombined, debatably definitive version of DQ I and II
SFCDragon Quest IIIHeartbeatArguably the definitive version of the game
SFCDragon Quest V: Tenkuu no HanayomeChunsoftMonster capture and marriage/children ahoy!
SFCDragon Quest VI: Maboroshi no DaichiHeartbeatThird game in the Zenithian trilogy, return of the class system
SFCTorneko no Daibouken: Fushigi no DungeonChunsoftFirst game in the Mystery Dungeon series, with a Dragon Quest coat of paint
SwitchDragon Quest (DL only)Armor Project/Matrix Software/Square EnixPort of the relocalized mobile version, with redrawn character/monster sprites
SwitchDragon Quest BuildersSquare EnixSee Vita
SwitchDragon Quest Builders 2Omega Force/Square EnixSee PS4
SwitchDragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line (DL only)Armor Project/Matrix Software/Square EnixPort of the relocalized mobile version, with redrawn character/monster sprites
SwitchDragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation (DL only)Armor Project/Matrix Software/Square EnixPort of the relocalized mobile version, with redrawn character/monster sprites
SwitchDragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive EditionArmor Project/Square EnixLots of QoL changes including adding the symphonic score, extra quests/party chat, and more; can be played in either 2D or 3D modes
VitaDragon Quest Builders (DL only)Square EnixA sort-of mashup between Minecraft and Dragon Quest, where you have to increase each town's base level to rebuild the destroyed world by crafting the necessary items
WiiDragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of MirrorsGenius Sonority/EightingAn on-rails hack-and-slash RPG utilizing the Wii's motion controls
Xbox OneDragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive EditionArmor Project/Square EnixSee Switch
Xbox OneDragon Quest Builders 2Omega Force/Square EnixSee PS4
Xbox SeriesDragon Quest Builders 2Omega Force/Square EnixSee PS4