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Dragon Warrior

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Dragon Warrior is the first famous console RPG. You assume the role of a descendant of Erdrick, a brave warrior of the past. Once upon a time, Erdrick defeated the evil Dragonlord with the help of the Ball of Light. Now, Dragonlord stole the Ball of Light, and your mission is to recover it and to restore peace in the world.

In Dragon Warrior, you move your character around in a top-down world. In cities and palaces you can talk to people, rest in inns and buy stuff in shops. There's a variety of weapons, equipment and armor to buy.

When wandering around in the wilderness, you occasionally encounter enemies, and fight them from 1st person perspective. Combat is turn based: you select menu options while fighting - you can attack with your weapon, cast a spell (using up some of your magic energy), use and item or try to run. Killing monsters gives you experience, and, as is typical for RPGs, you level up and improve your stats when you gain enough experience.

Like in later RPGs, you have limited hit points, lose them when you are attacked by enemies, and die when you run out of them. When your character dies in a battle, he is automatically restored in a nearby town.


Dragon Warrior NES A battle! Slime attacks!
Dragon Warrior NES Walking around through castle grounds
Dragon Warrior NES Action menu: commands like "Open door", "Talk", "Search", "Equip", etc.
Dragon Warrior MSX This town looks very similar to the one you started in...

Alternate Titles

  • "勇者斗恶龙" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Dragon Quest" -- Japanese title
  • "DQ" -- Common abbreviation
  • "ドラゴンクエスト" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Rudimentary In Many Ways But Exemplary Overall NES mobiusclimber (221)
1st RPG for NES, Best RPG for Nes! NES OlSkool_Gamer (99)
One of a kind RPG NES GNJMSTR (145)

The Press Says

Nintendojo NES 2000 8.7 out of 10 87
NES Times NES May 13, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Quebec Gamers NES Dec 19, 2004 7.9 out of 10 79
All Game Guide NES 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
1UP! NES Feb 20, 2009 68 out of 100 68
The Video Game Critic NES Feb 01, 2011 B- 67
Random Access NES 2005 6.5 out of 10 65
Legendra NES Jun 29, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
RPGamer NES Aug 29, 2000 4 out of 10 40 NES Sep, 2008 3.5 out of 10 35


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1001 Video Games

The NES version of Dragon Quest appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Nintendo Power

Nintendo eventually gave away a free copy of Dragon Warrior to everyone who subscribed to Nintendo Power.


  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #37 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
Information also contributed by Satoshi Kunsai

Related Web Sites

  • Dragon Warrior 1 Shrine (Shrine dedicated to the great NES game. Includes maps, item chart, boss guide enemy guide, walkthroughs, and everything related to the game)
  • Dragon Warrior I @ Dragon's Den (Very comprehensive fansite with hints, manuals and other information.)
  • Dragon Warrior shrine (In-depth information to the Dragon Warrior series on this fan-made site.)
  • Howard & Nester do Dragon Warrior (A regular feature in Nintendo Power magazine, Howard & Nester was a comic strip about two game whizzes who would one-up each other, while disclosing hints and tips, in the settings of various recently-released games for the NES platform. In the January/February 1990 two-page installment, Howard and Nester employ different approaches toward retrieving the Stone of Sunlight from Tantegel Castle.)
  • Kingdom of Alefgard (A Dragon Quest/Dragon Warrior fansite.)
  • OC ReMix Game Profile (Fan remixes of music from Dragon Warrior.)
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