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Dragon Warrior III

Role Playing Game oringally released in 1992 in America for the NES

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We're going on a quest, a quest for fun.

  • Feb 9, 2010
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+5

I have all the original Dragon Warrior games on my NES and everytime I think it's time to get rid of it, I always think of those games that I still want to come back and play again, and Dragon Warrior III and IV are the games on the list that I can't do without.

The Dragon Warrior series is HUGE in Japan and has a foothold in America.  The series started quaint and would introduce new elements everytime with each outing and Dragon Warrior III really hit the nail on the head with it's gameplay and story.

The game has your character turning 16 and being told by his mother that he must see the King at the castle.  The King recognizes the character as the offspring of a mighty warrior and vanished while fighting evil forces and tasks you with battling an evil demon named Baromos who lives in the Necrogond Castle.  

With some money in hand you head to the eatery to register a party for your travels.  Each has their own advantages and disadvantages.  The Soldier has high hitpoints and high strength and can be equipped with many weapons and armor.  They don't know magic and aren't very agile.  The Pilgrim is a jack of all trades but master of none, they know healing and defensive spells and a few attack spells.  They can also fight well and be equipped with a good amouth of weapons and armor.  The Wizard knows powerful attack spells but has little equipment and is weak with low hit points.  The Merchant can fight well and appraise items telling you what they are worth and even finds extra gold after battles.  They do not know magic and cannot be equipped with many weapons or armor.  The Fighter has high vitality and can equipped with very little and also do not know magic, but they land powerful attacks.  The Goof Off is just that, they ignore commands, can barely fight but have tremendous luck for dodgeing attacks and being immune to some spells.  Level them up enough and they can be a Sage who combines the best elements of Wizards and Pilgrims for spell casting and fighting.  Sages can be obtained in one other way at a Shrine later in the game to alter classes of characters such as having Soldiers cast magic and similar effects.

The game takes you on a primary quest of collecting magic orbs that when gathered can summon a bird you can use to reach the Necrogond Castle with and dispose of your foe Baromos.  In between sidequests for stolen crowns, a town put to sleep by angry elves and a Castle's inhabitants terrified of it's new ruler come into play along with others and can reached using a sail boat or using teleportation doors, or the old fashioned method on foot.  In between, battling monsters, earning gold and experience, buying weapons and armor and finding keys and other tresure make up the rest of the game.  Level grinding as it is known is also a part but isn't quite needed in the ridiculous degree like the previous games needed it, especially Dragon Warrior II which means less time wandering around outside of a castle or town fighting monsters and more getting to the game.

I still have this beauty on my Nintendo but the game has been re-released on portable systems and is worth checking out.  The music is nice for an 8 bit era game and the graphics while still having that "Dragon Warrior" look of blocked together walls, trees and others do the job.  Controls are flawless for moving your characters around and the game is FUN.  Of course your love for RPG's depends on the fun factor but if you love them, Dragon Warrior III is certainly one of the best out there.  I always liked Dragon Warrior over Final Fantasy games cause of their depth of play and easier playability and Dragon Warrior III is no exception even though Final Fantasy was a little more liberal with always throwing new elements in the mix and stories could go way in the realm of way out there sometimes.

Dragon Warrior games always seemed to get a little better each time, after this came IV and then on PS2 not too long ago, we got Dragon Quest VIII and that game too is a time killer of fun.  While I tend to find myself playing the 8 bit ones more.  More people need to play Dragon Warrior.
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Quick Tip by . September 26, 2010
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Improving on all aspects of Dragon Warrior II game with better music, more to explore and more everything. It got BETTER with the sequel.
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Classic RPG. With it's job system, huge worlds to explore and sidequests, replayability is high and the game is fun.
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Role Playing Game by Enix, part 3 in their Dragon Warrior (Quest) series.

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Dragon Warrior III, is a console role-playing game developed by Chunsoft and published by Enix (now Square Enix). It is the third installment in the Dragon Quest series (known as Dragon Warrior in North America at the time of its original release), first released for the Famicom in Japan, and then the NES in North America. The game later was ported as an enhanced remake on the Super Famicom in late 1996 and then on the Game Boy Color in 2001.[2] This game was never released in Europe.

Dragon Warrior III introduces a Class system, which is later seen in Dragon Quest VI and Dragon Warrior VII, that allows the player to customize his or her party. This game remains close to the previous Dragon Quest games, keeping battles turn-based and in first-person.

This is the final game in the Loto trilogy and is the first chronologically.[3] The story follows the traditional Dragon Quest Hero, who is on an adventure to save the world from evil. Putting together a party of assorted classes, the Hero must travel the world, stopping at various towns and other locations, eventually making his or her way to the Demon Lord Baramos's lair.

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Number of Players: 1
Publisher: Square Enix
Console: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
Genre: RPG
Release Date: June 12, 1991
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