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Dragon Warrior III
Box artwork for Dragon Warrior III.
Japanese title ドラゴンクエスト (Dragon Quest)
Developer(s) Chunsoft
Publisher(s)
Release date(s)
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NES
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SNES
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Game Boy Color
Genre(s) RPG
System(s) NES, SNES, Game Boy Color
Players 1
Rating(s)
ESRB: ESRB T.png Teen (GBC)
Preceded by Dragon Warrior II
Followed by Dragon Warrior IV
Series Dragon Quest

Dragon Warrior III, known in Japan as Dragon Quest III Soshite Densetsu e… (ドラゴンクエストIII そして伝説へ…? lit. Dragon Quest III: And Thus Into Legend…), is a role-playing video game developed by Chunsoft and published by Enix (now Square Enix). It is the third installment in the Dragon Quest series (known as Dragon Warrior in North America at the time of its original release), first released for the Famicom in Japan, and then the NES in North America. The game later was ported as an enhanced remake on the Super Nintendo in late 1996 and then on the Game Boy Color in 2001. This game was never released in Europe.

This is the final game in the Loto trilogy and is the first chronologically. The story follows the traditional Dragon Quest Hero, who is on an adventure to save the world from evil. Putting together a party of assorted classes, the Hero must travel the world, stopping at various towns and other locations, eventually making his or her way to the Demon Lord Baramos's lair.

While the combat system remains close to the previous Dragon Quest games, keeping battles turn-based and in first-person, Dragon Warrior III expanded on the open world and nonlinear gameplay of its predecessors, and introduced innovations such as a persistent world with its own day-night cycle, and an innovative class-changing system, which is later seen in Dragon Quest VI, Dragon Warrior VII, and Dragon Quest IX. This class system allows the player to customize his or her party by changing character classes during the game, and keep a character's stats and skills learned from previous classes. Dragon Quest III's class-changing system shaped the gameplay of future RPGs, especially the Final Fantasy series, while a similar class-changing system later also appeared in Wizardry VI and Wizardy VII.

Story[edit]

Dragon Warrior III follows the adventures of the son (or daughter) of Ortega, a valiant warrior who fell trying to defeat the Archfiend, Baramos. On the hero's sixteenth birthday, the King of Aliahan sends you out on a journey to finish what your father started. The hero and his three companions will travel across, over, and under the entire world, save two lands from evil, and become legends.

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