Dragon Warrior, or Dragon Quest as it is known in its homeland, was one of the first games of its type when it was released on the Famicom back in 1986, and it was an instant hit.
It was brought to America in 1989 by Nintendo with a whole host of upgrades - the graphics received a huge overhaul and the password-based save system was replaced with battery-backed saving - and given an absolutely massive promotion. They actually gave the game away for free to subscribers of Nintendo Power magazine!
Though it hasn't seen near the popularity in the west as it has in Japan, the Dragon Quest series is still going strong today. With the eleventh game in the series recently being published to critical acclaim, the 30+ year old franchise isn't showing any signs of slowing down yet.
I thought that this would be a fun way to look back at the roots of the series - hopefully you agree!
Please note that grinding for experience and gold was edited out of the video. Each time I go to do some grinding, I go to King Lorik to save the game, and then reset and continue from my save file where I've powered up my hero. With all of the grinding left intact, the game is about 10-12 hours long in total.
Anyone else think that the princess really needs to learn the meaning of "no"? "But thou must!"
*SMACK* Be told, Gwaelin! _ No cheats were used during the recording of this video.