Dragon Warrior / Dragon Quest series
Group DescriptionDragon Quest
(earlier installments were known in the West as Dragon Warrior
) is a series of Japanese-style role-playing games. It is one of the longest-running, largest, and most influential franchise within this sub-genre; it is also the most popular role-playing series in its homeland. Its first installment (1986) is commonly regarded as one of the most important progenitors of Japanese RPGs.
The franchise was created by Yuji Horii
and owes its distinctive audio-visual style to the artist Akira Toriyama
and the composer Koichi Sugiyama
is the publisher and the owner of the series' intellectual rights. Various developers have worked on the series, including Chunsoft
, Heart Beat
, Arte Piazza
games are set in traditional medieval fantasy worlds with strong European influences, usually devoid of sci-fi or other stylistic elements popular among Japanese RPGs. The stories of individual installments are normally not directly connected to each other, though they may include common themes, references to common locations, characters, etc.
games traditionally feature relatively simple plots. In most games, the player controls a "silent protagonist" (often a soldier/warrior), whose task is to defeat evil forces that threaten the land. The first six games in the series are often grouped into two trilogies. The Erdrick Trilogy
(also known as the Loto Trilogy
) includes the first three games, which share common references to the legendary hero Erdrick (Loto in the original Japanese version). The Zenithia Trilogy
encompasses the fourth, the fifth, and the sixth installments, all featuring the Zenithian castle in the skies.
The gameplay in Dragon Quest
games is also deliberately kept simple throughout the course of the series, compared to Western and even many Japanese RPGs. The series' creator Yuji Horii cited Wizardry
and Heart of Phantasm
games among the main influences. He stated that he wanted to create role-playing games that were easily accessible to everyone, as opposed to the complex and demanding gameplay systems of Western RPGs. Linear main quests, simple turn-based battles, and a considerable degree of challenge in combat are typical elements of the series' gameplay. However, some installments opted for more complex features, such as job systems, monster-summoning, etc.
There are many recurrent monsters in the series, the most notable one being the slime, which is usually the first monster the player encounters in a Dragon Quest
game, and which has become the mascot of the series.
In Japan, Dragon Quest
has become a part of the local culture. The Japanese Diet (the equivalent of a legislative branch of the government) allows no Dragon Quest
game to be released on a weekday or Saturday, as too many people used to cut school and work whenever a new Dragon Quest
game came out so they could go buy the game instead. Young children also used to be robbed of their copies of any DQ
game by junior high and high school students.
To many Japanese people, the English word "slime" is associated primarily with the familiar onion-shaped commonplace enemy of the series. The cure spell hoimi
also became equivalent to healing in general.
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|Dragon Quest I & II||1993||SNES||Enix Corporation||3.03|
|Dragon Warrior II||1987||MSX, NES||Enix America Corporation||3.13|
|Dragon Warrior||1986||MSX, NES||Nintendo of America Inc.||3.21|
|Dragon Warrior III||1988||Game Boy Color, NES, SNES||Enix America Corporation||3.36|
|Dragon Quest VI: Maboroshi no Daichi||1995||SNES||Enix Corporation||3.55|
|Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation||2010||Nintendo DS||Nintendo of America Inc.||3.65|
|Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride||2008||Nintendo DS||Square Enix, Inc.||3.65|
|Dragon Warrior I & II||1999||Game Boy Color||Enix America Corporation||3.68|
|Dragon Warrior IV||1990||NES||Enix America Corporation||3.68|
|Dragon Quest V: Tenkū no Hanayome||1992||SNES||Enix Corporation||3.69|
|Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies||2009||Nintendo DS||Nintendo of America Inc.||3.76|
|Dragon Warrior VII||2000||PlayStation||Enix America Inc.||3.86|
|Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen||2007||Nintendo DS||Square Enix, Inc.||3.87|
|Dragon Quest IV: Michibikareshi Monotachi||2001||PlayStation||Enix Corporation||3.87|
|Dragon Quest V: Tenkū no Hanayome||2004||PlayStation 2||Square Enix Co., Ltd.||3.90|
|Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King||2004||PlayStation 2||Square Enix, Inc.||3.93|
|Dragon Quest 25 Shūnen Kinin: Famicom & Super Famicom Dragon Quest I-II-III||2011||Wii||Square Enix Co., Ltd.||...|
|Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online||2012||Wii, Wii U||Square Enix Co., Ltd.||...|