Dragon Quest III - Soshite Densetsu e... (Jpn, Rev. 0A) - ドラゴンクエストIII そして伝説へ・・・

Nintendo NES 1988 Enix
Dragon Warrior III, known in Japan as Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu e... (ドラゴンクエストIII そして伝説へ…, Doragon Kuesuto Surī - Soshite Densetsu e..., Dragon Quest III: And thus into Legend...), is a role-playing video 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 Nintendo Entertainment System in North America. The game later was ported as an enhanced remake on the Super Nintendo in late 1996 and then on the Game Boy Color in 2001.

This is the final game in the Loto trilogy and is the first chronologically. 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.

While the combat system remains close to the previous Dragon Quest games, keeping battles turn-based and in first-person, Dragon Warrior III expanded on the open world and nonlinear gameplay of its predecessors, and introduced innovations such as a persistent world with its own day-night cycle, and an innovative class-changing system, which is later seen in Dragon Quest VI, VII, and IX. This class system allows the player to customize his or her party by changing character classes during the game, and keep a character's stats and skills learned from previous classes.Dragon Quest III's class-changing system shaped the gameplay of future RPGs, especially the Final Fantasy series, while a similar class-changing system later also appeared in Wizardry VI and VII.

Dragon Warrior III is noted for greatly expanding upon the original Dragon Warrior and Dragon Warrior II. The game uses basic role-playing video game conventions, such as leveling up by gaining experience points and equipping items. Battle is turn-based like the other games in the series.

Dragon Warrior III features a class system, in which each character has a certain class. While the Hero always keeps the Hero class, the other characters can choose among the following: Soldier (Warrior in the GBC version), Fighter, Pilgrim (Cleric), Wizard (Mage), Merchant (Dealer), Goof-Off (Jester), Sage, and Thief which was available only in the later versions. The choice of class greatly affects the character's stats and spells he or she can learn. Furthermore, upon reaching experience Level 20, a character has the option of changing classes at the temple of Dhama, found halfway through the game. The game starts with just the Hero in the party, who then is able to recruit a party of three at the local tavern. Unlike most Dragon Quest parties, aside from the Hero, the party is not made up of characters involved in the story. Although only four characters can be in the party at a time, extra members of the party can be kept at the tavern, allowing room for new recruits. Another innovation is an arena where the player can place bets on the outcome of monster battles.

The remakes incorporated some interface changes from later games in the series, such as simplified door opening; the bag, which replaced bank item storage; the item sorting "Tidy Item" and "Tidy Bag" commands; and the "Full HP" command, which can be used outside of combat to automate the process of casting healing and status restoring spells.

While the earlier Dragon Quest games were also non-linear, Dragon Quest III was the most substantial example of open-world gameplay among the early Dragon Quest games. It also allowed the player to swap characters in and out of the party at will, and another "major innovation was the introduction of day/night cycles; certain items, characters, and quests are only accessible at certain times of day."


Dragon Warrior III features a class system. At the start of the game, the player begins as a single hero, male or female. After the quest begins, the player can eventually build up a team of diversified party members through the local tavern in Aliahan. This team can be made up of Wizards, Pilgrims, Goof-offs, Fighters, Soldiers, Merchants, and Thieves (only in the remakes) in either male or female form. The Hero cannot change classes, but all other characters can change classes at Dharma once they have reached experience Level 20, and can change classes any number of times. A character who changes classes has their stats halved and restarts at experience Level 1, retaining their spells and, in the remakes, their personality. This allows a player to create a character that knows Wizard spells, but has the defense of a Soldier.

In the remakes, after selecting a character, the player can change the person's starting abilities with five magical seeds, given by the tavern listrar of heroes. Also new in the remakes, each character has a personality trait, which affects the rate of stat growth. The Hero's personality is determined by the player's choices and actions during a dream sequence at the start of the game, while other characters' personalities are determined by their stats at the end of the character generation process, most personalities are available to both male and female characters, while a few are exclusive to male or female characters. A character's personality can be temporarily changed by equipping certain accessories or permanently changed by using certain consumable books.
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Dragon Warrior III is set many years before the original Dragon Warrior in a world separate from the first two games. A wicked fiend, Baramos, threatens to destroy the world. The story revolves around the Hero, son or daughter (the player can choose to be either male or female, with few gameplay changes) of the legendary and recently deceased Ortega. On his or her sixteenth birthday, the Hero (from here on referred to as "he" for the sake of convenience) is summoned to the castle and is given by the King of Aliahan the challenge to follow in his father's footsteps to try to rid the world of the evil archfiend Baramos. The Hero then is able to recruit up to three traveling companions to fight Baramos with.

The Hero leaves his home country of Aliahan to travel the world and complete his father's quest to defeat Baramos. A major portion of the adventure is the quest to acquire the last two of the three keys needed to open doors throughout the game. After saving two people of the town of Baharata from the rogue Kandar and stealing back the King of Romanly's crown, the Hero receives Black Pepper, which he then trades for a sailing ship at Portoga. Kandar later appears in the Dark World, in Tantegal's prison, telling the Hero where to find the Sunstones. With the ship, the Hero acquires the Final Key and the six mystical orbs which are used to revive the legendary bird Ramia (in later versions, Lamia). Ramia allows the Hero and his party to travel to Baramos's castle, which is surrounded by mountains.

After defeating Baramos in a ferocious battle and returning to Aliahan, the Hero's celebration is cut off as Zoma, Baramos's master, the true villain, reveals his existence, attacks and opens a pit to the Dark World. The Dark World is in fact Alefgard (of the previous installments of the series), where the Hero must acquire several of the artifacts that were collected in the original Dragon Warrior, including the Sun Stone and the Rain Staff. Rubiss, a legendary sage has been turned to stone and is rescued by the Hero. In return, the Hero receives the Sacred Amulet. These items, as in the original game, create the Rainbow Bridge, which leads the Hero to Zoma's castle for the final confrontation. Along the way, the party must defeat the revived Baramos, turned into Baramos Bomus and Baramos Gonus (shortened to BaraBomus and BaraGonus respectively in the Game Boy Color remake). With the Ball of Light, given by the Dragon Queen, the Hero defeats Zoma. For his or her bravery, the Hero receives the title of Erdrick (or in later versions, Loto).


The game starts in the castle town of Aliahan. Like the rest of the Dragon Quest worlds, this castle is set in a medieval time period, complete with knights and magicians. The party explores several caves, ruins, and castles during the adventure. The geography of Dragon Warrior III largely corresponds to the actual geography of the world, and many towns correspond to their real-world cultures, including "Romaly" for Rome, "Portoga" for Portugal, "Assaram" near present-day Iraq (derived from "as-salamu alaykum"), "Jipang" for Japan and even a "New Town" in eastern North America that experiences a revolution against an overbearing ruler.


As with the other main games in the Dragon Quest series, Dragon Warrior III's scenario was designed by Yuji Horii, whereas the artwork was done by Akira Toriyama, of Dragon Ball fame.Koichi Sugiyama composed all the music for Dragon Warrior III.


The Super Famicom version, released in late 1996, during the last days of the SNES in North America, was never brought to North America, due to Enix America Corporation's closure in 1993. By the time Enix of America returned, the SNES had left the North American market. In 2009, it was unofficially translated into English. However, the next remake, for the Game Boy Color, was released in both Japan and the US. The Game Boy Color version is based on the Super Famicom version. For the North American release of the Dragon Warrior III Game Boy Color remake, Enix decided to give the packaging an anime feel, due to fan demand on Enix's message boards. Both remake versions of Dragon Quest III offer many new features and changes. No version of Dragon Quest III was released in Europe and Square-Enix has not yet made any announcement for future planned releases of any version of this game.

A new class, the Thief, was added to the roster in each of the remakes. Many of the names of the classes were changed in the English localization of the Game Boy Color version, such as Soldier to Warrior. Also, in the new versions was the ability to change into the Jester class at Dhama, which was not allowed in the original.

New mini-games were added to the remakes, including Pachisi (called Suguroku in Japan / Treasures and Trapdoors as of the Dragon Quest V Remake), which is a giant board game style adventure from which the player can win items. This game is based on Horii's series Itadaki Street. The Mini Medal system, which lets players collect hidden medals to gain new items, seen in later Dragon Quest games (it originated in Dragon Quest IV), was added. Another medal system, Monster Medals, lets players collect medals from fallen enemies, was also added. In the Game Boy Color version, two players could trade Monster Medals via a Game Link Cable. Two bonus dungeons become available after the main quest is over.

The remakes feature updated graphics. An overhauled introduction for the game was made, similar to the one in the original Dragon Warrior III, which included Ortega's battle with the Dragon Queen. Monster and attack animation in battles were added, a feature first introduced in Dragon Quest VI.

A personality system was added to the remakes of Dragon Quest III. A pre-game sequence in which the player answers moral dilemmas similar to that in Ultima IV determines the Hero's personality. The personality of the other members of the party is determined by the stat-raising seeds that the player gives them during the character generation process. Personalities determine which stats increase when a character levels up. The personalities may be changed by use of special items and books.

It was announced in May 2011 that Square-Enix will be releasing Dragon Quest III in Japan, as both the Famicom and Super Famicon ports as part of the September released of Dragon Quest 25th Anniversary Commemoration Famicom & Super Famicom Dragon Quest I・II・III for the Wii. No official word has been released if this game will be released outside of Japan.

Related media

Dragon Warrior has spawned some related media, notably a manga series and video game soundtracks.


The manga series, Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshō (ドラゴンクエスト列伝 ロトの紋章, Dragon Quest Saga: Roto's Emblem), was written by Chiaki Kawamata and Junji Koyanagi with artwork by Kamui Fujiwara and was published in Monthly Shōnen Gangan from 1991 through 1997. The series was later compiled into for 21 volumes published by Enix; in 1994 it was released on CD and was released on December 11, 2009 on the PlayStation Portable as part of manga distribution library. In 1996 an anime movie based on the manga was released on video cassette. A sequel series, Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshō ~Monshō o Tsugumono-tachi e~ (ドラゴンクエスト列伝 ロトの紋章 ~紋章を継ぐ者達へ~, Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshō - To the Children Who Inherit the Emblem), published by Square-Enix started in 2005 and is still ongoing; nine volumes have been released. The first four volumes were written by Jun Eishima and the last five volumes written by Takashi Umemura. All of them have been supervised by Yuji Horii with artwork done by Kamui Fujiwara.

Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshō is meant to take place between Dragon Warrior III and Dragon Warrior. After monsters possessed the Carmen's king for seven years, the kingdom fell to the hordes of evil. The only survivors were Prince Arus and an army General's daughter, Lunafrea. Meanwhile, in the Kingdom of Loran, a child by the name of is born with the name Jagan per the orders of Demon Lord Imagine. As Loto's descendant, Arus, along with Lunafrea, set out to defeat the monsters and restore peace to the world.

Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshō ~Monshō o Tsugumono-tachi e~ takes place 25 years after the events in Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshō. The world is once again in chaos and a young boy, Arosu (アロス), sets out gathering companions to once again save the world from evil.


Koichi Sugiyama composed and the music for the game. Dragon Warrior III's music is featured on Dragon Quest Game Music Super Collection Vol. 1, Dragon Quest Game Music Super Collection Vol. 2, and Dragon Quest Game Music Super Collection Vol. 3, each album a compilation of music from the first six Dragon Quest games. This game's music has also been featured on other Dragon Quest compilation albums, such as Dragon Quest on Piano Vol. II, which was released in 1990, and Dragon Quest Best Songs Selection ~Loula~, released in 1993.

A compilation of Dragon Warrior III's music was put on Dragon Quest III ~And Into the Legend…~ Remix Symphonic Suite which charted 16 times on Oricon's list topping at number 2. The album was published by Sony Records in 1996.

All songs written and composed by Koichi Sugiyama. 

Reception and sales

Dragon Quest III sold over 3.8 million copies in Japan. It is often mistakenly known as being the game that in 1988 caused the Japanese government to outlaw further releases of Dragon Quest games on school days. In truth, Enix themselves decided to hold off the release of future Dragon Quest games until weekends. A survey conducted by the magazine Famitsu in early 2006 among its readers placed Dragon Quest III as the third most favorite game of all time, being preceded by only Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy VII, and the best game on Famicom. In Japan, the Super Famicom remake sold 1.4 million units, with nearly 720,000 units sold in 1996 alone. The Game Boy Color version sold a lower 604,000 copies in Japan by the end of 2001. However, together, with the sales of the remakes, Dragon Quest III is the most successful title in the series and one of the best selling role-playing games in Japan. As of November 2010, Japan mobile phone version was download more than 1,000,000 times.

The North American release of Dragon Warrior III did not meet as much success. Considered an improvement over the first two games, Dragon Warrior III "kept the same ugly graphical style and clumsy interface", explained Kurt Kalata of Gamasutra. North American's poor sales are also partly due to the fact that the game was released after the release of 16-bit gaming systems, making it seem even more archaic to gamers. Critics found the new day/night system and the addition of an in-game bank praiseworthy.

As is the case with other early North American releases of the series, Dragon Warrior III did not come close to meeting the success of its Japanese counterpart, although the Game Boy Color remake received very good reviews from critics. GameSpot gave the Game Boy Color version a "good" 7.6/10, saying that "DWIII is a worthy port of its old NES ancestor, but its firm grounding in the RPG old-school means that only the hard-core need apply."Nintendo Power gave the remake a respectable 4/5, while IGN gave the game a perfect 10/10.Dragon Warrior III was 176 on Nintendo Power's Top 200 Games list.

Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshō - To the Children Who Inherit the Emblem has sold well in Japan. For the week of August 26 through September 1, 2008, volume 7 was ranked 9th in Japan having sold 59,540 copies. For the week of February 24 through March 2, 2009, volume 8 was ranked 19th in Japan having sold 76,801 copies. For the week of October 26 through November 1, 2009, volume 9 was ranked 16th in Japan having sold 40,492 copies for a total of 60,467.
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