List of version differences in Dragon Quest I
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This article is a listing of the version differences of Dragon Quest.
- Original version
- Password save system
- Uses sprites much like older PC RPGs (such as the early Ultima games), in that characters did not face in a particular direction, but instead always face forward.
- When you want to talk to someone, you have to choose a direction first.
- Battery-backed SRAM system.
- Dragon Warrior release was allocated more memory for graphics improvements
- Characters were given directional appearance and was also applied to all moving NPCs.
- Coastline graphics were slightly upgraded to appear better.
- When you want to talk to someone, the direction you face is used. This also applies to all moving NPCs as well.
- Hero is able to carry multiple weapon and armor items. Previously, only 1 of each type of equipment could be held.
- Scale of dungeons is greatly increased.
- Mountain Cave is greatly redesigned.
- Experience needed to gain levels is decreased.
- Experience and gold given by monsters is increased.
- The dragon guarding the princess is given an on screen sprite.
- Shrines are given world map sprites rather than simply staircase sprites.
- Shrines are given a unique soundtrack. The same music which is used for shrines in Dragon Quest II.
- The Silver Harp will summon any enemy in the area when used, as opposed to the NES Version which would only summon monsters from around Tantegal or the Mountain Cave.
- Roto's Tablet is now a tombstone that appears in place of the chest containing it.
- Many names in the game have been shortened due to GBC's display constraints.
- A few convenience changes such as a travel journal save, that quits to the main menu.
- Name alteration: Dragon Quest is the original name. It was launched under that name in Japan. The North American release came across some trademark issues over that name, and as a result; began as Dragon Warrior.
- Dragon Quest has the logo on a solid-color background.
- Dragon Warrior has a more generic logo on a somewhat more interesting background. It also moves all the options to menus following the title screen.
- At some point shortly after its launch in North America, someone with infinite wisdom noticed that there were some issues/typos with the translated copy, and so came the birth of a second version.
- Some townspeople sprites from the Japanese version are present in the monster graphics of Dragon Warrior, unused.
- The locations of "SEARCH" and "DOOR" (しらべる and とびら, respectively) in the control menu, were switched out due to the longer English text.