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Dragon Warrior

Nintendo Entertainment System

Game Description:

Dragon Warrior is an role playing game for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

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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ContributorType of contributionListed credit
PolinymOriginal TranslationEverything

User Review Information

Better than the Delocalized hacks!

Reviewed By: Hamikon on 27 Sep 2022

In 1989, the official English version of Dragon Quest was released in USA under the name “Dragon Warrior”. At that time, Enix already released Dragon Quest III in Japan which improved many things from it’s predecessor. Because of that, Enix upgraded Dragon Warrior to make it stand out from Dragon Quest. One of the upgrade for Dragon Warrior is the inclusion of the Save-System which replaced Dragon Quest’s Password system.

In 2020, Polinym from the Woolsey Fan Company has made an English translations of the original 1986 Japanese version of Dragon Quest for the Famicom! Different from the Delocalized hack which retranslate the Dragon Warrior game and changing its sprites to match the Japanese version of Dragon Quest, Polinym’s hack is the pure Japanese version of Dragon Quest but in English. Now with all of the unupgraded contents from the Japanese version of Dragon Quest that was not shown in Dragon Warrior:

  • Characters only have 1 sprite
  • Extra direction command for TALK
  • Smaller windows
  • Uncensored contents (Including puff-puff!)
  • Password System

If you’re interested to play the Japanese version of Dragon Quest, but you don’t understand Japanese, this hack is perfect for you to play!

Version 1.3 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Better than the Delocalized hacks!Hamikon27 Sep 20221.3Yes
Fantastic translation for long time DQ fans and purists alikeBlueMoon9526 Jul 20201.3Yes
Not necessary at allAshura Mage21 Jun 20201.3No