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Dragon Warrior (MSX)

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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.

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Dragon Warrior MSX You have to use "Stairs" command whenever you want to ascend/descend stairs
Dragon Warrior MSX Character information
Dragon Warrior MSX Interaction menu
Dragon Warrior MSX Naming your hero

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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Trivia

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.

Awards

  • 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.)
אולג 小奥 (168604) added Dragon Warrior (MSX) on Aug 01, 2005
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