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Princess Alicia of the kingdom of Mitgult is kidnapped by the monster Zawell. It's now up to the heroic warrior Amul to transform himself into a blue dragon and go and rescue the princess.

Dragon Spirit is a vertically scrolling shoot-em-up which consists of nine stages. Players fly around and destroy everything in their path. Much like in Xevious, action takes place on two planes, both in the sky (where the dragon is flying) and on the ground. The dragon has two different kind of attacks: fire that shoots up the screen, and fire that drops to hit a place on the ground in front of the dragon. Enemies exist both in the air and on the ground, and some can fly up from the ground to the sky.

Players can pick up power-ups, or upgrades, that will help them in their fight. Upgrades can include extra heads on the dragon, health, faster shots, and more. At the end of each stage is a boss that needs to be defeated. Having good upgrades that are not lost from being hit before reaching the bosses will help.

The NES version is unique in that it presents a somewhat altered story and an additional gameplay mode. Technically, it is a sort of sequel, with "A New Legend" being its subtitle. In this version, Zawell is already defeated and King Amul and his now wife Queen Alicia, have two children named Iris (a princess) and Lace (a prince). A new evil named Galda has decided to attack the Earth. Galda also has taken Iris captive and now Lace must go rescue her.

The NES version also adds a new initial stage. If the player survives it, the game continues in a "Blue Dragon" game much like the original arcade game. If the player fails to clear this initial stage in one life, an easy mode called "Gold Dragon" begins, skipping about half the game's stages, giving the player extra hit points, and features a different ending.

Also of note, the TurboGrafx-16 version's seventh and eighth stage are different than the other versions. The underwater and dark themed stages were changed to castle interior themed stages.


Dragon Spirit NES Japan Title screen
Dragon Spirit ZX Spectrum Area 4 - Boss
Dragon Spirit NES If you die, your tombstone is displayed
Dragon Spirit Amiga Level 3

Promo Images

Dragon Spirit Screenshot
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Dragon Spirit Magazine Advertisement Page 29

Alternate Titles

  • "ドラゴンスピリット 新たなる伝説" -- Famicom Japanese spelling
  • "Dragon Spirit: The New Legend" -- NES US title
  • "Dragon Spirit - Aratanaru Densetsu" -- Japanese title
  • "Arcade Archives: Dragon Spirit" -- PS4 / Switch title
  • "アーケードアーカイブス ドラゴンスピリット" -- Japanese PS4 / Switch spelling
  • "ドラゴンスピリット" -- Japanese spelling

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Video Game Den NES 2017 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Video Game Den TurboGrafx-16 Mar 18, 2013 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jan, 1990 795 out of 1000 80
Retro Archives Arcade Dec 02, 2020 14.5 out of 20 72
IGN TurboGrafx-16 Jul, 2007 7 out of 10 70
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Dec, 1989 65 out of 100 65
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Jan, 1990 64 out of 100 64
Nintendo Life Wii Jul 02, 2007 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Retro Archives ZX Spectrum Dec 02, 2020 8 out of 20 40
Retro Gamer Wii Sep 13, 2007 Unscored Unscored


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