In Friday's Nintendo Direct presentation, the publisher announced that the 3DS re-releases of Dragon Quest VII and Dragon Quest VIII would be getting a Western release next year.
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past is a full remake of the original Dragon Quest VII from 2000, with full 3D graphics, a re-recorded soundtrack, and a slew of mechanical improvements. It will also be the first time that Dragon Quest VII is officially released in New Zealand, Australia, Europe, and other PAL regions, with the original game only having come out in Japan and North America.
This wasn't the case with Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, which came out here for PlayStation 2 (as Dragon Quest: Journey of the Cursed King) in 2006. The 3DS version isn't a full remake like Dragon Quest VII, but it does have a lot of new content, including two new playable characters, new dungeons, an alternate ending, new post-story content, a photo mode and related Photo Quests, and gameplay enhancements.
Both Dragon Quest VII and Dragon Quest VIII for 3DS are available in Japan, with the former having come out in 2013 and the latter earlier this year. While Square Enix have hinted previously that the games could see a Western release, it wasn't until Friday's Nintendo Direct that this was confirmed.