During the very late 80s through the early 90s I had pretty much no interest in Dragon Quest / Dragon Warrior. I stuck with the Phantasy Star and Final Fantasy series.
But then in late '94 I was looking through Electronic Gaming Monthly, I came across a preview of Super Famicom Dragon Quest VI. It really got my interest because the battles were now animated and, not knowing anything at all about the trilogies & stories, read that VI was the final game in the Zenithia / Castle in the Sky trilogy. That appealed to me because the first Phantasy Star (which I adored) featured a celestial castle over the planet Palma where Lassic reigned over the Algol Star System. Very different than Dragon Quest for sure, yet I was for the first time really interested in a DQ game because of that. Anyway I lost the magazine eons ago. In recent times I wanted to see that DQVI preview again but had forgotten which issue of EGM it was in. I went to some lengths to find it. I pretty much had to guess what issue it was in and then *hope* to d/l the right issue.
Well I did, here it is (I guess these are beta screenshots):
That can be found in EGM issue 64 - November 1994, on page 86.
It would be almost a decade after this preview was published that I actually got to play DQVI, via emulation. Back in the early-mid 2000s there was a translation decent enough to start playing even ithough it wasn't complete or bug-free. Now of course things are much improved in that area from what I've read. I recently bought the DS remake--It's really nice, yet doesn't seem nearly as challenging as what I remember with Super Famicom version from what little I played of it. So I guess I'm going to have to go through both :)