Dragon Quest Heroes II on Nintendo Switch has Severe Frame-Rate Issues

Square Enix’s port of Dragon Quest Heroes II on the Nintendo Switch doesn’t seem to be faring well, as reports are stating it runs at a fraction of the PS4’s locked 60fps gameplay.

According to a report by Eurogamer, the Switch port is based off the last-gen PS3 version, rather than the seemingly closer PS4 version.

Not only does this mean the Switch version runs at a max 30fps instead of 60, the port also seems to run even worse, with combat making the game dip into the mid teens while docked, and possibly even into the single digits in handheld mode.

While the Switch is nowhere near as powerful as the PlayStation 4, Eurogamer also points out that this is most likely because of some poor optimization for a Japanese launch title.

Dragon Quest Heroes II for PS4 and PC launches in the west April 25th for PC and PlayStation 4. A western release for the Nintendo Switch version isn’t confirmed yet.


Matthew Sigler


Currently interning at Niche Gamer. I've been playing video games since I was three years old.

  • totenglocke

    It’s going to take developers time to learn how to maximize a new platform, so performance problems are to be expected. Hopefully they patch it before the Western release.

  • Obbliglol

    Isn’t Zelda having problems running when being docked as well? That’s…not great.

  • Andrew Siribohdi

    I want to root for the Nintendo Switch. I want Nintendo to prove all the critics wrong and be successful.

    But it’s issues like these that prevent me from rooting for Nintendo.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    The Wii U and Switch versions are so similar that they may as well just be the same game in different packaging. Although on Wii u, you don’t have to worry about the joycon randomly walking you off a cliff and killing you due to desync!

  • Mr0303

    Curious to see if there are any issues with the first game. I don’t think that DQH2 is a very taxing game. The issues are most likely because of the devs rushing the port to make the launch window. Hopefully they’ll manage to fix it before it comes to the West.

  • Eldhin Hellknight

    And its basically the same with the new Zelda

  • Neojames82

    Yeah what does even the Switch port have over the Wii U port anyway?

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    The Nintendo Switch is like a bad joke. It’s the weakest console out there, it only sorta does what Nvidia Shield can do already, it has like… 3 or 4 games at launch (mainly ports and gimmick minigames)…

    Understocked, undercooked hardware, its killer app dips into sub 20fps (in 2017 for fucks sake, a zelda game can’t hold solid 30fps).

    When Mario Odyssey comes out in Winter all of these problems will hopefully have been fixed in future models of Switch, but til then, a Wii U is genuinely a better investment, it has a solid library of 10/10 games plus all of Virtual Console plus online is FREE (like it SHOULD be).

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    Basically nothing. In fact the shirt you get for ordering the season pass is a Switch tee on both wii u and switch.

  • totenglocke

    Today I learned that Nintendo owns Square Enix…

  • Neojames82

    Wait…how’s that possible?

  • totenglocke

    Higher resolution when docked, a longer draw distance for textures, better audio, and fewer frame rate drops. Does Nintendo need to optimize the game in patches? Absolutely. Do the frame rate drops impact gameplay? Absolutely not, unless you’re in the minority of people who lost the silicon lottery and have an exceptionally slow system.

  • totenglocke

    I was being sarcastic. The person I responded to was blaming Nintendo for Square Enix not properly optimizing their port for the Switch.

  • totenglocke

    I love seeing Microsoft fangirls cry over Nintendo releasing an innovative new product that’s selling like crazy. 😂

  • acidthorn

    “but til then, a Wii U is genuinely a better investment”

    Other than the fact that it stopped production, but yeah. Buying a 3DS at this point is an even better choice though, especially since most units still come with hackable firmware.

  • gwadahunter2222

    The first years of a new console are always painful due to the devs having trouble with the hardware so yeah, I expect crappy ports. In the case of the Dragon Quest Heroes 2, they use the PS3 versions which is not a good idea, they should have used Vita version.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    “Innovative” in what sense? I have a Wii U and at least four handheld gaming devices already. What does Switch offer that a 3DS or Wii U cannot?

  • totenglocke

    Being able to play a game in HD on your TV, then take it with you and continue playing the same game (also in HD).

  • DrearierSpider

    How in the fuck does dropping to 20 fps for extended periods not impact gameplay?

  • DrearierSpider

    So confirming what those of us with a brain have been saying since the reveal.
    -As a home console, it’s an underpowered piece of shit with overpriced peripherals and a severe lack of storage capacity
    -As a handheld, it’s not very portable and has an abyssmal in battery life

    All the Autists still supporting Nintendo deserve the dogshit products they get.

  • DrearierSpider

    And what about Nintendo not optimizing the one worthwhile game they had at launch?

  • Neojames82

    Oh haha, yes sorry. Internet and all.

  • Jumanji Joe

    Congratulations, you’re quickly beating out Travis as most delusional nintenyearold.

  • totenglocke

    Because it doesn’t do it for extended periods and it’s not choppy or laggy when it happens. Can you notice it? Sure, but it doesn’t affect the gameplay at all. It rarely drops after you leave the starting area.

  • Rumble Red

    I was a little annoyed about Ragnar being exclusive to the Switch version (which who knows if we’ll even get), but hey – I’m happy to miss a character if the tradeoff is more than double the framerate.

  • totenglocke

    Funny how the people hating on it have never touched it. Just like you’ve never touched an actual girl either! 😂

  • DrearierSpider

    Are you retarded? Digital Foundry already showed multiple instances if it dropping for extended periods, both in and out of combat. And you can visually see how choppy it looks just by watching. Dropping from 30 to 20 fps results in an additional +50% input latency; e.g. it affects gameplay by definition.


  • totenglocke

    A couple of seconds is “extended periods”? I’ve watched all of Digital Foundry’s videos on the Switch and Breath of the Wild. You’re 100% wrong.

  • TT

    >never touched an actual girl either
    >desperately defending a tablet

    irony isn’t your strong suit, is it?

  • Zen

    Have you not been to the Korok Forest yet? I’m loving BotW so far but having an entire area run at 20 (or fewer) FPS is absolutely unacceptable.

    Even apart from that, consistently every heavily wooded area in the game will drop for the duration you’re there for and rain/similar weather effects will regularly cause frame drops in areas where you wouldn’t have them before, and makes the aforementioned forested zones even worse.

    There’s no defending Breath of the Wild’s technical aspects. They’re pretty miserable, but most people are willing to overlook it because it’s a launch title and the rest of the game is pretty great.

  • DrearierSpider

    If you’re trying to argue that a 10 second drop to 20 fps in the middle of combat is short and doesn’t affect gameplay, you’ve lost the argument.

  • Kiryu

    Yes the console is underpowered as always with Nintendo,but to Nintendo’s defense this seems like a hackjob from SE to me.

  • Kiryu

    It’s impossible to beat Travis at shilling Nintendo.

  • Lucky

    You mean what a basic laptop and tablet can do with an hdmi port?

  • totenglocke

    Says the retard claiming a VCR with identical resolution and frame rates is “superior”.

  • totenglocke

    Try playing a game on your laptop while pooping.

  • TT

    >calls others “retard”
    >proceeds to make retarded accusation

    not sure where I was talking about VCRs or whatever you’re trying to say, but good to know you still don’t grasp irony.

  • goodbyejojo

    but, but, 10/10

  • sanic

    So is the first dragon heroes port any good on it? I’m not buying a switch but I’m curious.

  • Jumanji Joe

    You’re probably right, but this guy is putting in some work.


    Everything is HD nowadays. Something else?


    You don’t have anything better to do other than playing when pooping? Is your life so bored and sad? Do you live eat and sleep in toilet?

  • Darkrulershadowlord007

    Nothing beats playing Fate in the bathroom.


    You mean 1,2 “Full Priced Tech Demo” Switch?

  • dat apologia tho

  • I see this becoming a running theme with games’ performance on the Switch, since who is going to bother putting the effort into a port for a console that’s closer, perfomance-wise, to consoles from 10 years ago than anything available today.

  • TheChosen

    PS4-version crashes down to 40s as well. Stupid article…

  • TheChosen

    The PS4-version crashes down to low 40s as well! Stupid article!

  • gwadahunter2222

    It’s not apology because this issues happened every time third parties work on a new hardware. It’s the reason I’m not buying the console now.

  • gwadahunter2222
  • Icer Zerocool

    I have actually played the DQH 1 & 2 on the Switch, the japanese version and it was fine. It’s not like you can’t play at all but with only 30 fps, you can still play the game on the go and you can barely noticed any lags or frame rate issues. I even turned off my wifi connection and I do see a better performance. Fighting bosses are fine, although by graphic comparison with the PS4, frankly hardly noticed anyway. At the end, you only cared about the gameplay than the graphics.

  • Icer Zerocool

    Well, it wasn’t that bad at all. I’m not being a friggin fanboy but I have it on Switch and I downloaded the game from Japanese eshop and the game works fine. It’s not like you can’t play at all but there are lags and frame drops but they’re okay. Fighting bosses are fine, it was quite smooth with no issues.

  • gmoney

    Kids kill me these days. The gaming industry is not at all like the computer industry, essentially the hardware battle is not the main factor in comparing consoles. For instance, the scorpio is about to win the hardware battle and the projected sales are already extremely poor to say the least due to crappy Microsoft exclusives and a struggle to continue the past failure of the Xbox one along with an insane price tag no one without ALOT of disposable income is going to invest in. The switch is about console level graphics on the go and it does that despite quickly-made ports downplaying it’s abilities. The switch is 11.5x stronger than the iPad pro and the shield’s internals outside the tegra are very different and have completely different functions/software strains. The switch is a great product for someone on the go (stop it with the laptop bs, going on a business trip or simply taking the bus/train back home with a gaming laptop is impossible and unpractical) and I’m very proud nintendo cleaned up their act (you owned a Wii u and your calling other people stupid?? GTFOH 😂😂). Additionally, the 3ds is good and has a sizeable library but doesn’t deliver console level graphics which, like I said previously, isn’t a big deal but the possibility of playing the elder scrolls or zelda or GTA or really any AAA title ANYWHERE on the go is an incredible feature that the 3ds could never emulate. Overall I understand why some of the younger hardcore gamers would be turned off by the switch due to its power but that doesn’t mean your experience with it is the same across the spectrum of opinions or that it isn’t a huge success (outselling almost every console’s release day numbers in March, not the holidays, march.)

  • tjo

    Since the update the frame rate issues are no longer that bad, especially when playing in docked mode. Portable still has sum issues. But for how closely it’s graphics are to the ps4 version, it’s insane it plays and looks that great on such a tiny console. I mean the switch definitely is not as strong as ps4 or Xbox one but the easiest way to compare it is that it’s like the graphics settings for dragon quest heroes 2 is set at high on ps4 and medium on switch. It’s good to know that it uses the full blown version of unreal engine 4 instead of the mobile version of unreal engine 4. I mean snake pass looks better in certain parts on switch over ps4 or Xbox. It still just blows my mind they can get games like Zelda botw and what not to run on what is essentially a handheld that happens to play on tv.

  • Jeff Bonczyk

    the switch is a great device.. but these games are NOT in HD.. not by a long shot. they are PS3 quality at best.

    that said, being able to play games like zelda, disgea 5, dragon quest, mario, metroid prime, mario cart, etc all on the go.. THATS the selling point.. who cares if the graphics are on the low end.

  • totenglocke

    Since when is 1080p not HD? 😂😂😂 You should at least understand basic facts when trying to troll.