Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (ドラゴンクエストV 天空の花嫁 Doragon Kuesuto Faibu Tenkū no Hanayome, lit. "Dragon Quest V: Bride of Heaven"), known in Europe without the "V", is a console role-playing game and the fifth installment in the Dragon Quest video game series. Originally developed by Chunsoft and published by Enix Corporation, Dragon Quest V was the first title in the series to be released for the Nintendo Super Famicom (SFC) video game console in Japan on September 27, 1992. It has since been remade for the PlayStation 2 in 2004; which was developed by ArtePiazza and Matrix Software, and published by Square Enix only in Japan. Another remake was made for the Nintendo DS, and was released on July 17, 2008 in Japan. The remake was also released in North America and Europe, marking the first time the game had an official release in either territory. The game was released on February 17, 2009 in the U.S. and Canada.
Along with Dragon Quest VI, the original Super Famicom release never reached North America. In the absence of an official translation, two finished fan translations exist for the Super Famicom version, and a fan translation of the PS2 version is in development. A lot of the names for items, people, and places do not match correctly between the fan translated and the official English version, but there exists Dragon Quest V conversion mappings.
Dragon Quest V takes place over twenty years of the main character's life, in which he gets married and has a family. The title features a gameplay dynamic in which monsters from random encounters may offer to join the player's party. This concept was used in later Dragon Quest games, and in the Dragon Quest Monsters series constituted the primary way to form a party.
Dragon Quest V uses basic console role-playing game mechanics seen in the rest of the series, which includes leveling up by gaining experience points through battle, first person turn-based battles, and equipping weapons and armor. Something new to the Dragon Quest series is the ability to tame monsters into the player's party. The monsters can be used in battle and level-up like the human characters. Monsters sometimes request to join the Hero after battles if the party is strong enough. There are a total of forty monsters that are capable of joining the Hero's party in the Super Famicom version, with more in the remake.
Like IV and VI, this game has a wagon where members of the Hero's party can rest while exploring the world, but in the original SFC version it was only possible to have a maximum of three active party members (those who actively participate in the monster battles), while in IV and VI it was up to four. This was changed in the remakes on the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS to include up to four members in an active party.
The tactics system first introduced in Dragon Warrior IV was brought back in this game, but with the added option of controlling allies manually.
Developer(s) ArtePiazza, Cattle Call (NDS)
Publisher(s)Square Enix (NDS)
Designer(s) Yūji Horii
Artist(s) Akira Toriyama
Composer(s) Koichi Sugiyama
Series Dragon Quest
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s) JP July 17, 2008
NA February 17, 2009
EU February 20, 2009
AU= February 19 2009
Genre(s) Console role-playing game
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) CERO: A (NDS)
ESRB: E10+ (NDS)
PEGI: 12+ (NDS)
Media Nintendo DS Game Card
Language - ENG
Media - NDS ROM (.nds)