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Posted by JessicaAlbert13 on August 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I haven't written a review in a while. A bit lazy on my part. I'm no Spoony when it comes to reviewing games but I get the factoids out there.


Now, have you guys been suffering from the Dragon Quest blues? The latest DQ game out there is Fortune Street for the Wii, and let's admit it, it doesn't do much to satisfy that DQ itch. It's Monopoly with Mario and DragonLord. Sadly not as exciting as it sounds. There's Dragon Quest Monster Joker 2, but after losing to Canzar nine times in a row you get kind of frustrated. Monsters is only truly fun if you have friends to battle with. For a lone gamer DQMJ2 can be a bit of a bore. In Japan Dragon Quest X was released August 2, 2012 for the Wii After watching gameplay footage of DQ X I bet there are a few of you out there willing to sell your soul to own a copy of the game now (or is it just me?).


With no new quest for us heroes to embark on, what are we suppose to do? Well, I have the solution for you! Let's take a trip back in the Nintendo timeline! Before there was the Wii, before there was 3DS, before there was the DSiXL, before there was the DSi, before there was the DS, before there was the Gamecube, before there was the Gameboy Advance there was.... THE GAMEBOY COLOR!


(Is it just me or are there way too many DS versions...? Money grubbing Nintendo hot shots laughing as they bathe in our money...)


Ahem, back to what I was talking about: the gameboy color! Yes! Anyone from the 90s know about ye olde gameboy color! Why, the gameboy color was JessicaAlbert13's first gaming system! She unwrapped it one Christmas morning and basked in its tiny purple glory. The Gameboy Color, the purple handheld system that ate AA batteries like a pot-bellied dragon.


Why am I telling you about this ancient piece of Nintendo history? Because the Gameboy Color can satisy that Dragon Quest craving of yours!


Before Dragon Quest was called Dragon Quest it was named Dragon Warrior (there was a lawsuit with Dungeons and Dragons back then, stupid stuff). In America Dragon Warrior, Dragon Warrior II, Dragon Warrior III, and Dragon Warrior IV were released for the ancient NES.


BUT THEN along came the Gameboy Color! Dragon Warrior I & II were re-released for the purple handheld in a two-for-one game. And there was no more archaic speech patterns! No "Ye olde man" and such blathering. Dragon Warrior III was released also with a far better translation than the NES system, better graphics, and a kickass story! Not only that but Dragon Warrior Monsters with Terry was released for the GBC along with Monsters 2 with both Tara and Cobi's Journey.


The Gameboy Color has FIVE Dragon Quest/Warrior games on it! (Cobi and Tara counted as two).


I highly recommend digging out your old gameboy color and finding these games!


A few years ago I found a copy of Dragon Warrior III at a used game shop. It wasn't until recently that I was finally able to complete it, and I must say....




The game is amazing! It starts up slow but then it picks up and the dungeon and lore are incredible! The game's world is based off the actual world map! There's a tiny Japan, a tiny India town with its own Ganges River (that river is sacred in India, said to be a goddess), and Native Americans live in a village called Soo!


I had my doubts about DW III at first but now I love it! I got emotionally attached to the game! The hero's mother, Ortega, the elven girl and her human lover.... and the part I enjoyed the most was chasing after that pirate ship! That was freaking SWEET! Hunting down a ghost ship in the wide ocean! Dragon Quest needs more haunted pirate ships! And more lady pirates!


And I highly recommend taking a jester into your party immediantly. They're actually useful in combat! My jester once tripped and caused a critical hit on Kandar! And once they hit level 20 you get a free Sage! You can find the Book of Zen in the tower north of Dharma Temple but still Jesters rule.


Dragon Warrior III has so much to do! There are TnT boards (my favorite mini-game in both III and DQ V) and if you collect enough mini medals you get a bikini. If you equip the bikini on a female character she actually walks around IN A BIKINI! You can have a female hero defeat the final boss IN A BIKINI! The bikini is actually great armor too.


And Zoma... OH! Another villain I love to HATE. Taking him on was so satisfying. And his final words, talk about foreshadowing!


In Japan, the game's full name is Dragon Quest III: Into the Legend. And it's such a plot twist at the end! OOOOOH! I just adore Dragon Warrior III! Rubiss, Lamia (or Ramia, in Japanese there are no L's), Ortega, Loto, the game has everything a DQ fan needs!


If you haven't played Dragon Warrior III on the Gameboy Color I recommend you try it. No, not recommend, YOU MUST. Go to a used game story or order it! Sure you can play it on the emulator but you don't experience the full joy unless you hold it in your own hands!


Dragon Warrior III get five stars.


Positives: Engaging storyline, surprise twists, interesting dungeons and characters, challenging bosses and monsters, you can choose your own party's class and personality, two huge worlds to explore


Negatives: Slow start, level grinding and monster slaying for money, plot clues aren't always obvious, everyone jokes how the female hero looks like a boy (I think she's pretty!), your party members rarely speak (your dealer will speak to you often in the immigrant town, but there are few instances when they actually talk, i.e. examine a mirror),


And that's my review of Dragon Warrior III: Into the Legend! If you're in need of a slimey pick-me up then find this game and start questing!

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Reply Mitsukara
8:38 PM on June 23, 2013 
Yep, Dragon Quest III is pretty classic. Having not only a class system, but a class *change* option, was quite cool for a game developed on the NES, and the whole thing is just really nice.

My favorite version (of the one's I've gotten to play) is the Super Famicom version. It was never officially released in English unfortunately, so one must look to less approved-of 'backup copies' and learn to ulate emus in order to play it in English, but there is a very nice patch made by a group called "DQ Translations". It made me really happy to finally play through such a pretty version of the game- there's beautiful colorful battle backgrounds, and lots of animation on the enemies, and it's just really awesome to look at.

I always liked the post-game content, too, with the extra boss you can fight after finishing the game; but on the front, the GBC version actually has a little more stuff the Famicom one didn't. There are rare drop monster medallions to collect, and a SECOND post-final boss that's absurdly difficult to unlock. I've never quite accomplished it myself (too much random drop stuff, which is where I give up- I couldn't even get a Mysterious Hat in Dragon Warrior II NES version). Still, the GBC version is quite good too, as it's got all of the features of the SNES version (minus some of the color and visuals) and slightly more, but portable. Either version is quite good.
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