Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is a massive video game, setting the standards for a huge interactive world on the PlayStation 2 long before Skyrim and The Witcher 3 did it with superior hardware. The fact that Square Enix, Nintendo, and all other studios involved can cram it onto a Nintendo 3DS cartridge proves that Yuji Horii or one of his cohorts has dealt in wizardy at one point in their lives.
However, sadly, the game will not be coming to the Nintendo 3DS entirely intact. Sacrifices had to be made to the audio, and between the beautifully orchestrated music and top-notch voice acting, those in charge decided that the voice acting would be getting preference.
During a recent panel at PAX West, Nintendo confirmed that the orchestrated music from the original release would not be available on its handheld port. In exhange, you'll get to hear Yangus scream "Cor blimey!" about a hundred times throughout the playthrough. I can live with that.
In Japan, this was not a problem because the Japanese version famously has no voice acting! Adding it was strictly a localization choice made back in 2005 to make Dragon Quest more acceptable to Western gamers.
It's a shame, but ultimately, the fact that Dragon Quest VIII is even coming to North America on the Nintendo 3DS is a blessing from the Almighty himself. Will it become the definitive release though? I'm thinking the PlayStation 2's original version will retain that title.
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King will be released in 2017.