Dragon Quest I & II

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Dragon Quest I & II is a remake of the first two NES Dragon Quest games, Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line.

Released for the Super Famicom on December 13, 1993, and later re-released for the Game Boy Color on September 23, 1999 in Japan and September 21, 2000 in America, the games feature enhanced graphics and more streamlined gameplay elements taken from the fifth entry of the series.

Though the two titles were separated separated for mobile phone releases, the changes implemented in the original Super Famicom bundle package have become permanent additions and improvements seen in every version of the games since. The compilation would be revived in the 21st century with the announcement of Dragon Quest I & II HD-2D Remake on June 18th, 2024.

General changes[edit]

  • A general-purpose button has been added for faster interaction with NPCs, chests, and doors.
  • Movement has been changed from a full tile to half a tile per press of the D-pad.
  • Items can be sold to weapon shops and weapons can be sold to item shops.
  • Weapons and armour can be equipped the moment they are bought.
  • Battle screen backgrounds and spell animations have been added.
  • Mist and fog effects have been added to certain dungeons and towns
  • Resilience has been added to the list of character statistics, with agility now influencing turn order instead of base defense.
  • Experience requirements for each level have been slightly reduced.
  • The HP of all boss monsters has been increased, by a factor of 700% in one case.
  • Most monsters drop additional Gold, with the exact amount varying between species.
  • Stat-enhancing seeds have been hidden in drawers, chests, and pots scattered throughout towns and castles.
  • In the Japanese version, a full Kanji script has been implemented.
  • In the American Game Boy Color version, characters who had their names changed in the NES Version have been changed to truncated versions of the original Japanese names (e.g. Loto instead of Erdrick, Lora instead of Gwaelin etc.)

Dragon Quest changes[edit]

  • In the Japanese version, all characters have multiple sprites that correlate with the cardinal directions, removing the infamous "crab walk".
  • Monster spell resistance has been altered from units of 16 to II's system of 8 levels of resistance.
  • Enemies can now have true spell immunity for the max resistance, rather than lowering spell accuracy to 1/16th (6.25%) at most.
  • The layout of several locations has changed. Most notable are Craggy Cave, which has been completely rearranged, and Dragonlord's Castle, where most floors are different.
  • The Green dragon and Golem bosses now appear as as overworld sprites instead of merely being trigger tiles.
  • The Dragonlord's true form is color corrected to better match Akira Toriyama's artwork.
  • The Game Boy Color version includes an intro sequence depicting the kidnapping of Princess Gwaelin.
  • In the town of Tantegel (Brecconary in the original US NES release) there is a female NPC that follows the player around town after talking to her. If the player stays at the inn while she is following him, the innkeeper will comment "You were up late!" This can also happen while the player is carrying Princess Lora (Gwaelin in the original US release).

Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line changes[edit]

  • The cutscene depicting the siege of Moonbrooke developed for the American NES release has been incorporated into the opening of the game in all subsequent versions.
  • Ground-level backgrounds have been added to the various towers via parallax scrolling, giving a better impression of height.
  • When purchasing an item, a list of equipable characters and affected attributes will be displayed.
  • The Prince of Cannock can now equip the Erdrick's Sword and Aurora blade.
  • The Prince of Cannock will suffer a curse inflicted by Hargon if the party sleeps at the Beran inn. The curse will be lifted by retrieving a Yggdrasil leaf from a southern island, but the player can leave the prince behind and finish the game with the two remaining luminaries if they desire. Doing so will slightly alter the dialogue of the ending.
  • Sizzle and Kaboom deal more damage, rising from 17~33 and 55~68 to 50~65 and 68~92 respectively.
  • Kabuff and Kasap affect their respective stats by 50% instead of 12.5% (1/8th).
  • Some of the effects of Hocus Pocus no longer work on bosses, namely the confusion effect and causing enemies to flee in terror.
  • Malroth will no longer cast Fullheal during battle.
  • The US Game Boy Color version removes the censorship from the NES version: The churches retain their original crosses instead of being changed to stars and dead party members are represented by coffins with crosses on them instead of ghosts.


  • Original SFC version

Scenario & game design[edit]

Character designer[edit]

Music composure[edit]

Chief programmer[edit]

  • Kouhei Tamura

Programming support[edit]

Scenario assistant[edit]

CG designer[edit]

  • Shintaro Majima

Sound programmer[edit]

  • Dogen Shibuya

Sound programming assistants[edit]

  • Takenori Yamamori, Chiyoko Mimata

Development manager[edit]

  • Taichi Inuzuka

Production staff[edit]

  • Shigeki Maruyama, Daizo Shimamura, Mariko Iida


  • Yukinobu Chida


  • Yasuhiro Fukushima



  • Hidden in the game code for the GBC Version of the compilation is a sprite of Pikachu from Pokémon.[1]
  • The art assets for the compilation would be repurposed nearly three years later for the Satellaview version of the first game, BS Dragon Quest

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