16-Bit Gems #32: Dragon Quest I & II

16-Bit Gems is back! After a short haitus, Roo continues his mini-retrospective on the Dragon Quest series. This time, he looks at the definitive versions of the first two games, and examines how they influenced dozens of console RPGs to come. So grab your horned hat and watch the slimes draw near – the Dragonlord’s not going to leave Tantegel Castle alone without a fight!


  • johnny.2112
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 5:49 PM | Permalink

    FINALLY! I’ve been scanning the site all month for this!! Great job Roo.

  • TheRavingDutchman
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 6:25 PM | Permalink

    Welcome back 16 bit gems! Once again great work roo. 

  • djb123
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM | Permalink

    Great leview Loo!

  • DTX180
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 9:56 PM | Permalink



    nice job roo!

  • Wulfie
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM | Permalink

    So glad your doing the DQs! I remember when I first played DQ8 and no one I knew had even played a DQ before and didn’t believe me how amazing they were. I recently went back and played all of them in order and I must say you did the series a great justice with this review. Keep up the great work Roo. Your videos are astounding.

  • Enclave Enclave
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 12:28 AM | Permalink

    You know, say what you will about Dragon Quest V?  While it may not have been the most beautiful RPG on the Super Famicom many consider it to be one of the best Dragon Quest games.  I personally rate it above Dragon Quest III and IV.  Only VII do I consider better than V and it’s not by much.

  • tsnepseg
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 12:30 AM | Permalink

    Wecome back 16-bit-gems!! … we missed you! 😀

  • iloveoldgames
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 12:32 AM | Permalink

    5 months is too long! 🙂 Thank you Roo, always love your reviews

  • Vulcan Assassin Vulcan Assassin
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 4:57 AM | Permalink

    Great video Roo, once again!

    I noticed you did not mention english SNES Reproduction Cartridges. It is possible to get your hands on an English translated copy of this game playable in your NTSC Super Nintendo. The translation pack usually depends on the maker of the SNES carts, but some will make it with the ROM/patch of your choosing. 

    They are pretty easy to find. Here’s one I found in about 8 seconds of googling:



  • The Male White Mage The Male White Mage
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 6:08 AM | Permalink

    Thank you for this video as I now know to get the NES versions for two reasons, I like ineffective and wish more games would have it since it adds strategy to the game. The second is I also like black battle screens and graphical improvements should not be a reason to get a game over the original.

  • Peter
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 3:09 PM | Permalink

    Finally! 😀

    Nice episode, Roo!

  • KuraraII KuraraII
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 8:10 PM | Permalink

    Thank you for this, you are a gentleman and a scholar of all things RPG.

    God, I love that theme-song. I loved the Gameboy games, they were really special to me. 🙂

  • ot4ku
    Posted October 15, 2012 at 12:49 AM | Permalink

    I could watch your videos all day long, your really a gem yourself in retro knowledge, thanks for allt he work!

  • Sonic Rose sonicrose
    Posted October 15, 2012 at 1:41 AM | Permalink

    Everyone is so happy to see you Loo_




    Do another review?

    Yes     No


    Oh the grinding… the grinding. I still remember Gwaelin’s love though. My mom is an oldschool RPG player, and though we once leapt through Mario style games together with ease, age has made it so games like this are still a preferred flavor.

    DQ3… isn’t that the one with Talloon?

  • widdowson91
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 7:28 AM | Permalink

    I own Dragon Warrior I and II for the NES, Dragon Quest V and VI for the Super Famicom and Dragon Quest VIII and IX. The only Dragon Quest games I’ve played so far are VIII and IX, and I felt they were both fantastic. I really want III and IV for the NES, but they do cost quite a bit on eBay. But I’m a purest, I NEED to play games in their original forms. I will eventually buy the Dragon Quest collection for Wii, and the Super Famicom remakes of I-III, but on a first try I feel every game should be experienced how it was originally intended.

    I’m so happy to see 16-bit Gems finally return. I love your videos Roo, keep them coming.

  • Knightcrawler
    Posted October 18, 2012 at 6:44 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for the retrospective, Roo. It’s great to see you giving Dragon Quest its much-deserved respect.

    I REALLY loved the last few hours of Dragon Quest II, personally. Rhone was the greatest place ever. 😉 I loved the long, dangerous treks between villages, too. One thing about DQII I wish they kept doing throughout the series is introducing new menu music for each game. Only a Lonely Boy is one of my favorite songs. Intermezzo/Comrades, though, not so much. And that song just keeps getting used in every DQ game. :-/

    You can play foreign games on Wii simply by installing the Homebrew Channel; I know because I’ve played Dragon Quest Monsters: Battle Road Victory on my US Wii.

    Also, I dunno if calling the GB/GBC ports is really right. It’s more like they redid the entire remake to squeeze it all onto a GB/GBC, including making completely new art and music files. The GBC remake of DWIII also had one extra bonus dungeon that was very cool, but to access it you had to grind and grind and grind and grind, or have a link cable with a few friends with the game.

    No SonicRose, Taloon/Torneko was from Dragon Quest IV.

    Soon… soon it’ll be time for the most delicious DQ game…! Although V and VI were also amazing.

  • Enclave Enclave
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 6:17 AM | Permalink

    Knightcrawler?  Honestly?  I think Dragon Quest V is superior to Dragon Quest IV though IV is pretty bloody amazing.

  • smelly586
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 10:13 AM | Permalink

    Lovin’ your video’s, it was worth the 5 months of waiting. Keep em coming roo!

  • The Onion Knight
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 7:38 AM | Permalink

    I commented on youtube but forgot to comment here: great episode, Roo! This is probably your best one yet. I still have yet to play Dragon Quest II but I’m really looking forward to it.

  • umster
    Posted November 23, 2012 at 11:39 AM | Permalink

    Sorry Roo but i have say “we want more 16-bit gems”, personally they are among my favorite internet shows smiley

  • buddah_chief buddah_chief
    Posted April 15, 2013 at 1:21 AM | Permalink

    When are you going to put out the next video?

  • Posted September 29, 2013 at 1:52 AM | Permalink

    Oh, yeah Roo :D, that you’re doing a great, funny, and interesting job with your “16-Bit Gems” show here and on Blip, that I truly can’t wait to see and hear more, that actually my favorite one so far is the SeaQuest DSV episode of them ;), and that if you need more suggestions from us all of other Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo games for you go after, then that just let me/us all know about it here, huh friend :)? >Danny<

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