Whether you’re a gamer or not, you’re probably familiar with the popular Dragon Quest game series. This year, the series celebrates its 35th anniversary.
Dragon Quest is one of Japan’s most popular role-playing games, with eleven titles released to date, and with the production of the twelfth title, Dragon Quest XII: The Flame of Destiny, underway, many people are waiting with excitement. This time, the game will be run by NEXER.
In this issue, we’d like to share with you the results of a survey about Dragon Quest, conducted by NEXER’s Voice Note website. (The results are available on our sister site, Voice Note Magazine. Which Dragon Quest game is your favorite?
Which series have you played?
Firstly, we asked people which series they have played the most.
Dragon Quest is number one
The most played game of all time is the first Dragon Quest.
It is a role-playing game for the Famicom (NES), released by Enix on 27 May 1986. The catchphrase was “Now, a new legend is about to be born”. The story is that the hero who draws the blood of the legendary hero “Lotto” rescues the princess who was kidnapped by the “Dragon King” as a hero, and defeats the Dragon King. The story is about a hero who rescues a princess from the Dragon King and defeats the Dragon King. More and more people are becoming obsessed with leveling up and advancing the story, and are losing sleep over it.
You can now play the remake on PS4, Nintendo Switch and smartphone apps, so there are no doubt many people who have played it many times.
Second place goes to Dragon Quest V: Bride of the Sky
The fifth Dragon Quest game, Dragon Quest V: Bride of the Sky, was released by Enix on 27 September 1992 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). The game’s catchphrase is “There’s love, there’s adventure, there’s life,” and it features a story that spans three generations of parents and children, as well as a marriage event in the middle of the story. This marriage event was…numbing!
This is the first game in the series to feature a system that allows you to make friends with monsters you’ve defeated, and to form a party with the monsters you’ve made friends with.
The story of Dragon Quest V: Bride of the Sky is also the basis for the film Dragon Quest: Your Story, which will be released in 2019.
Third place goes to Dragon Quest III: The Legend…
The third game in the series, Dragon Quest III: The Legend, was released by Enix on 10 February 1988 for the NES.
The catchphrase is “If you touch it, it’s the end, all of Japan will be Armageddon.” This is the final part of the Roto series, and the story reveals the secrets of the legendary hero “Roto”, whose name appeared in the stories of “Dragon Quest” and “Dragon Quest II: Gods of Evil”, and the world of “Alefgard”.
This is the first game in the series to feature a character creation and career change system, allowing players to freely choose their own party members for their adventures. It was a real challenge to decide which profession to choose.
What was your favourite game in the series…?
So, which series was your favourite? To be honest, all of the series were really fun to play…
Number one was Dragon Quest III: The Legend…
The third and final instalment of the Lotto series takes first place! “Many people said that they enjoyed playing this game for a long time because of its many challenging elements, such as being able to form a party freely and changing jobs. Here are some other specific comments.
The conclusion of the Lotto series. I was moved when I reached Alefgard.
I was crazy about this game when I was a child. I remember being impressed when I was able to ride a bird in the back world.
It was a masterpiece that became a social phenomenon when it was released when I was in primary schools. I liked the newness of being able to choose your profession and party, the shock of losing the spell of happiness, and the music by Koichi Sugiyama.
The map was so big that it was like travelling the world! I’ll never forget that shock.
At that time, the system of changing jobs was a shock to me, and I was quite addicted to it.
It was said to be the best game in the series at the time, so I tried it and I was right.
The scale of the game is huge, and it’s the conclusion of Dracula 1-3.
The ending was a groundbreaking moment for the time.
I think it was the first game in the Dracula series to include an epic storyline, and it was the most exciting game I’ve ever played.
It was the first game I ever bought in a shop. It’s the best of all games.
Second place goes to “Dragon Quest”.
Because it was the first game, many people had played it before, but it was also very popular. Here’s what people had to say about this game.
I’m of the NES generation, and I can’t experience the excitement of that time like I can with other series.
The characters are attractive.
It was the first game I played, so I have fond memories of it. It was simple and good.
I enjoyed it anyway. It’s the simplest game in the series.
It was the simplest and laid the foundation for Dracula.
It was the first RPG I played, and it was very memorable.
There were few characters and the story was simple and easy to understand.
The story is simple and easy to understand. ・It was an innovative game that had never been played before. Akira Toriyama’s illustrations were also good.
No.3 is “Dragon Quest V: Bride of the Sky”.
Many people ranked it because of its interesting game system such as “you can get married” and “you can make demons your friends”. The game’s innovative and touching storyline was also one of the reasons why it was so highly rated. At the time, people would ask, “Which girl did you marry? At the time, I remember having a lively conversation about which girl I married.
Which series is your favorite? I’ve played all the games in the series, and each one has moved me, shaken my heart, healed me… I’ve had a lot of fun and excitement. I can’t wait for the latest in the series!