Kenshin Dragon Quest: Yomigaerishi Densetsu no Ken
|Kenshin Dragon Quest|
|Developer(s)||Armor Project, SSD Co.|
|Platform(s)||Handheld TV game|
|Release date(s)|| JP September 19, 2003|
|Input methods||Toy sword controller|
Kenshin Dragon Quest: Yomigaerishi Densetsu no Ken (剣神ドラゴンクエスト 甦りし伝説の剣, lit. Swordmaster Dragon Quest: Resurrection of the Legendary Sword) is an all in one 2003 television game created by Square Enix, based on the Dragon Quest video game series that connects to a person's television set and does not require a separate video game console. "Kenshin" is the Japanese word for "Swordsman" or "Swordmaster."
Gameplay and features
In order to play, the player uses a toy sword as their game controller to walk (by pointing forward), to fight off monsters, defend with your shield, cast spells, and for every other input needed by the system. Slashing the sword in different directions (horizontal, diagonal, vertical) by the player will cause different effects and damage to enemies encountered in the game world. The game's ROM is located on an item that resembles a shield. To save a game in process, the person must use a memory card that looks like a book, which is inserted into the shield.
This game is classified as Adventure, and not a traditional Role-playing game. This is because most of the game is set on a predetermined path that you can only travel in one direction, with few exceptions of side paths. Enemy encounters are set at predetermined locations and formations. This is in contrast to a Role-playing game focusing on dungeon crawling and open exploration.
The monsters encountered are the standard variety from Dragon Quest titles, including slimes, moles and skeletons. At the end of each chapter, the player encounters a boss monster. As the player builds up successful attacks and blocks with their shield, they build up a super meter. When this is completed, the player is enabled to unleash a powerful attack.
- Hero, is the protagonist and a descendant of Roto (localized as Erdrick in Dragon Warrior for the NES and Loto in Dragon Warrior for Game Boy Color). This is the only character the player controls throughout the game by using the sword.
- Princess Laura, a Princess and damsel in distress that was taken by the King Dragon. She is being guarded by a Dragon inside of the Marshy Cave.
- King Dragon, is the main antagonist that the Hero must face in the final battle.
- Medal King, runs a shop that allows players to cash in mini-medals found throughout the game for different items.
Kenshin Dragon Quest: Yomigaerishi Densetsu no Ken takes place in the world of Alefgard, the same world as the first Dragon Quest. The quest explores areas similar to the main storyline from Dragon Quest. The main quest goals are saving Princess Laura and defeating the evil King Dragon, all while using the Sword of Roto.
The quest is broken into eight chapters that take you throughout all of the locations in Alefgard, many being the same as in Dragon Quest. Eventually, the hero will put together the same rainbow bridge as in Dragon Quest, before he makes his way into the final castle, where he faces off against King Dragon. The game includes a few mini-games, including a Slime Crisis game that would later be seen in Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors.
Reception and legacy
Over 300,000 pre-orders of Kenshin Dragon Quest: Yomigaerishi Densetsu no Ken were made prior to the game's release in Japan. By August 6, 2004, more than half a million units of the game were sold in Japan. The game was presented with a Special Award at the 8th Annual CESA Game Awards in 2004.
Kenshin's spiritual sequel is Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors for the Wii console, which uses the Wii Remote as a control instead of a sword. The game's technology was also adopted for two other video games, Tiger Electronics' The Lord of the Rings: Warrior of Middle Earth in 2003 and Star Wars Saga Edition Lightsaber Battle Game.
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