The final ill-conceived Dragon Warrior cover for the NES.
Do Dragon Warriors *really* wear pink armor?
PUBLISHER: Enix America
RELEASE DATE: October 1992
Chapter 1: You control Ragnar the warrior, who’s put in charge of rescuing some missing children. Along the way, you meet Healie, a heal-slime that has a strange yearning to be human. He joins your party, and thus begins the longstanding Dragon Quest tradition of having monsters join your party.
Chapter 2: Alena is a princess who longs to be free of her castle and have adventures. She escapes from her bedroom and is joined by her two guardians, Cristo (?!) and Brey.
Chapter 3: Torneko Taloon is a merchant who wants to found his own shop. He abandons his family and heads to the Big City, where he hopes to find fame and fortune. Interestingly, Torneko is a weak character so it would be prudent not to engage in many fights. He can hire mercenaries to protect him, though. While he is a pseudo-joke character, he is charming, and his chapter defies RPG conventions even today.
Chapter 4: Mona and Nara are magic-using sisters who are trying to avenge their father’s murderer. They are joined by the warrior Orin.
Chapter 5: Finally, after many hours of playing as other admittedly cool characters, Chapter 5 sees you playing the Hero. After the Hero’s village is destroyed by monsters, his powers are revealed to him, thus sending him on a quest to rid the world of the evil Necrosaro. Along his way, he encounters all of the previous characters and they join forces to destroy Necrosaro for good.
Dragon Warrior IV remains an expensive and sought after purchase for the NES. Thankfully, about three years back, Square Enix ported it over to the DS with better graphics and an additional chapter focusing on the villain. The DS version will only set you back twenty bucks or so on Amazon, while the NES version costs about forty to fifty dollars. If you’ve held out from the Dragon Warrior/Quest series because of the extensive grinding, you have no excuse with this entry. While there are still random battles and some grinding, the story more than makes up for any tedium you would experience. Dragon Warrior IV is truly a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience for your NES.