Doki Doki Kusoge

Doki Doki Kusoge deals in all things Japanese culture, be it video games, anime, music, or film. You can find the latest info translated from Japanese rags, reviews, previews, and other weird features. Despite its namesake (kusoge means shit game), DDK does not deal exclusively in garbage video games. Its founder just has a masochistic tendency to subject himself to them. No, it's not healthy. Elliot G. runs things here. A former Destructoid and Japanator contributor living in Japan, he likes to make himself suffer by playing the bad stuff so you don't have to.
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For a lot of current western DQ fans, VIII was the entry that brought them into the fold. A huge, beautiful world with a stirring orchestral score and fantastic voice acting, it’s no wonder that it’s so beloved.

I liked my time with it, but ultimately felt it was slow compared to previous games (from a gameplay perspective), and it just didn’t have that special something that got me to fall in love with DQ V or even DQ VI. 

Maybe the newly announced Dragon Quest VIII for the 3DS will convince me otherwise.

This new port will include full Japanese voice acting (a first for any mainline game), an orchestral score (likely the same used for the NA release I’d bet), new story scenarios, and two new party members in the form of Red and Morrie. Oh, and of course it’ll have the requisite street pass features.

No word on if this is headed west, but it’s certainly possible. Square Enix is localizing Dragon Quest Heroes, and most of the footwork on VIII is already complete save for adding voice and translating the new scenarios.

Fingers crossed, folks.

Dragon Quest VIII for the 3DS will be available in Japan on August 27 for 5,980 yen.


Welcome back, lovely men and women, to yet another delightful edition of Go West. This week, the big one. From the makers of that one game with a small animal that got crucified, or that other game with Jesus and robots, or that other game with the weird faces, comes another game about weird faces and giant robots.

I know you’re excited. I am too.

There’s a handful of other stuff releasing this week, including a new 3DS game that’ll probably sell a million or so copies, and a bunch of Vita stuff.

Come explore the future (past?) with me!

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Greetings, gentlemen and gentlewomen, and welcome to another episode of Go West!, your weekly column about new Japanese game releases, boob ninjas, Batman, quests for dragons, demon lords, and a whole lot of regret.

This week is huge.

No, seriously. This is by far the biggest week of new releases we’ve seen in quite some time. There are lots of noteworthy games spread across most of the major platforms, and even a handful of small stuff that I know folks following this site might enjoy.

I have my work cut out for me.

Before anybody asks, no. I won’t be talking about Bloodborne (which I can’t wait for) here. In case this wasn’t clear when I brought GW! back from the dead, this column was designed with Japan-only (limited time or forever) releases.

With that out of the way, let’s get this rock and roll party on the road!

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Square Enix has announced that all music DLC for their upcoming 3DS rhythm game, Theatrhythm: Dragon Quest, will be free to download.

Well then.

Additionally, the demo hit the Japanese Eshop today, with a track from Dragon Quest III and one from DQV playable. Japanese 3DS owning fans should go grab that ASAP.

Free DLC eh? Square Enix, I like what you’re doing here. I like it very muchly. 

Want to see more of Dragon Quest Heroes story mode?

Well have I got a gift for you.

I went and recorded about 30 minutes of the game (a few hours in), including a boss fight and an introduction to Terry, one of the many playable characters. Check it out above.




Howdy folks!

Today is the official launch day for Dragon Quest Heroes on the PS3/PS4. It’s the first Dragon Quest anything on a Sony platform in a really long time, so it brings with it quite a bit of hype.

I’ll be streaming the game on Twitch tonight, starting at 7:00 pm JAPAN time.

Come join me for some fun times and stupidity.

Just a quick look at some of the returning classic Dragon Quest characters who’ll be playable in Heroes, and voiced in Japanese too!

Never thought I’d see the day.