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Free playable demo available to download on Nintendo Switch

(December 1, 2023) – Today, SQUARE ENIX® launched DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince, the latest role-playing game in the DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS series. DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince is now available globally, exclusively for Nintendo Switch™, at retail and digitally via the Nintendo® eShop.
In DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince, Psaro must become a Monster Wrangler, recruiting, and fighting alongside monsters throughout the fantastical world of Nadiria, where rivers of bubbling lava, mysterious ancient ruins and soaring towers of cake await. DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince features over 500 unique monsters to battle, recruit and train, along with online battles, changing seasons and a revamped synthesis system.
The synthesis system returns to the series in a new and evolved form, offering players the chance to discover new monster combinations with their own innate talents. Fans can then put their monsters to the test in one of two battle arenas – the Endor Colosseum in the human world of Terrestria, and the Maulosseum in the monster realm of Nadiria. Using the right combination of monsters, battle tactics, skills, magic spells, attribute boosters and accessories is key to victory.
DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince encourages fans to immerse in the game’s strategic battles, where players can issue precise orders to each individual monster, or set general tactics for their party, such as 'Show No Mercy' or 'Focus on Healing'. Up to eight monsters can join the main party, with four monsters engaging in battle and four more in reserve.
Once players have assembled a DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS “dream team”, take the battle online and lead parties of powerful monsters to compete against other Monster Wranglers from around the world. For the first time in the series, online players can compete in Quickfire Contests, massive competitions that use the data of 30 players to conduct battles automatically. Additionally, there are several online battle modes to jump into, including Ranked Matches, Friend Matches, and Multiplayer Tournaments, where up to eight players clash in a knockout format until only one reaches the top.
The DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince Digital Deluxe Edition will also include following bonus items:

  • The Mole Hole (Includes the 'Gothic Vestment' outfit): Delve underground for a reunion with monster types you've befriended once before. You'll also have the opportunity to scout monsters that are otherwise very tricky to synthesize.
  • Coach Joe's Dungeon Gym (Includes the 'Cake-Maker's Clobber' outfit): Explore these randomly generated dungeons and battle legions of powerful monsters. Each dungeon comes with unique requirements that require players to carefully assess and construct their party. Dispatch the boss that awaits in the final room to earn rare items that will aid you in raising ever-stronger allies.
  • Treasure Trunks (Includes the 'Monstrous Mail' outfit): Every time you open these mysterious treasure chests, you'll obtain an exciting reward. However, you'll have to wait a little while before you can open the chest up again and obtain the next exciting reward on the list! Keep opening them and you're guaranteed to get your hands on some very enticing items indeed!
  • Burgundy Gothic Vestment (Cosmetic item)
  • Warrior's Ring x1
  • Beastie Bites x10

DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince Standard and Deluxe Editions are now available in physical and digital formats on Nintendo Switch.
DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince Demo is Available
Collect your first party of monsters now with the DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince demo, now available to download from the Nintendo eShop. Explore several unique environments – and their seasons – while battling and recruiting monsters. Additionally, two battle arenas are available to try in the demo. Finally, try your hand at synthetizing monsters and see what combinations you can produce.
Saved monster rosters from the demo can be carried over into the full game, letting Monster Wranglers continue playing with their favorite monsters recruited in the demo.

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