In this video we’ll be taking a nostalgic trip back to the early days of role-playing games and discussing Dragon Warrior for the NES. The classic fantasy tale involves a hero of legend, a princess, a magical kingdom and a sorcerer who is also a dragon. When it was originally released in Japan as Dragon Quest it was an instant hit, but when it came to the U.S. gamers weren’t originally interested until Enix and Nintendo practically gave it away. After its success, many RPGs used Dragon Warrior as a foundation for their adventure, borrowing heavily from its plot, gameplay, design, aesthetics and mechanical elements. It’s effects are still clearly visible in dozens of games spanning the decades since its original release and it’s clearly one of the best games ever.
Dan Hoyt has been an avid gamer his entire life. When he’s not playing games, he’s working out by walking his dog, hiking and doing martial arts. He likes to try new kinds of alcohol and discuss politics. He’s a graduate of The University of Kansas and has spent years as a journalist.