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Dragon Warrior

Nintendo Entertainment System

Game Description:

The first in the long running series of games, beginning with the Nintendo Entertainment System and spanning the SNES, the Gameboy, and even the Playstation, as well as having mini-spinoffs which are a lot like Pokémon.

This, the original Dragon Warrior, starts you off in the throne room of the King of Tantegel Castle. He names you the descendant of the legendary Erdrick, who once possessed the Ball of Light. It has been stolen, the Dragonlord’s minions roam the lands, and the Princess is kidnapped. You, the descendant of the legendary hero, must confront evil and save the continent.

This game features a single-character interface with single-monster battles. Do not think this means it will be easy…you can easily go in over your head. You must make sure to buy equipment, as for some odd reason, trained descendants of heroes do not have any starting equipment.

This game was once released by Nintendo along with subscriptions of Nintendo Power magazine, so it is not extremely rare. However, it is a good place to start learning of the series, as it began everything. Also, the rest of them are considered hard to find. If you get one, consider yourself lucky!

Translation Description:

This is Polinym’s basic translation of Dragon Quest for the Famicom. It is not considered a “WFC” project and therefore little to no attempts were made to localize or alter existing content.

All of the text in the game is translated, and the “Engrish” bits like the ending were left unchanged. Because of space issues, some details were left out, but Polinym tried his best to ensure all text was as natural as possible. The goal was to be as accurate as possible in the space provided.

Despite Polinym’s best efforts, only two known issues remain in the game. The “secret entrance” behind the Dragon King/Dragonlord’s throne, and the displaying of “Wing”s in the item menu. Other than those, the entire game should be error-free, and 100% playable.

Rev. 1.1 - Fixed a typo (”recieves” to “receives”)

Rev. 1.2 - Fixed issue “Lailho” to “Laliho”. Fixed text overflow.

Rev. 1.3 - Resolved password issue.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Dragon Quest (Japan)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20180803-121122)
  • File SHA-1: 17AA26ECD1197A2CD2B5F02D71AEC3342B229D25
  • File CRC32: C72E2739
  • ROM SHA-1: 4E72277DC2AB3B70B29086C0664014CAF6E16CB2
  • ROM CRC32: 88053D25

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
PolinymOriginal TranslationEverything

User Review Information

Fantastic translation for long time DQ fans and purists alike

Reviewed By: BlueMoon95 on 28 Jul 2020

Dragon Quest, the original version that started it all, finally translated into English so we can finally have a far more closer experience that gamers in Japan had long ago. Although this version lacks many of the upgrades and changes that Dragon Warrior in the west was given, I understand that this fan translation wasn’t meant to replace it and shouldn’t be taken as an improvement patch when it’s not. This is merely a wonderful literal translation of the original Famicom version that many like myself wanted to play to see the changes and experience them for ourselves in English after spending many years playing the official English localization on the NES. This translation patch does need some polish here and there, but I feel I would be nitpicking over something that’s obviously full of enough love and attention already. The quality of the translation is fantastic and I would urge everyone who loves the first Dragon Warrior to give this a shot to see some of things that was changed during the localization, for a far more pure and literal Dragon Quest I. Highly recommended.

Version 1.3 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Fantastic translation for long time DQ fans and purists alikeBlueMoon9528 Jul 20201.3Yes
Not necessary at allAshura Mage22 Jun 20201.3No