|Publisher(s)||Falcom, Tokyo Shoseki, Namco, Brøderbund, Hudson Soft, Nintendo|
|Genre(s)||Role-playing, strategy, action-adventure, metroidvania|
Dragon Slayer is a series by Falcom. It is actually made of games whose plots and settings are unrelated. The main link between the various games is the main author, Yoshio Kiya.
The earliest titles are considered some of the earliest Japanese role-playing games. Actually, they lack any form of dialogue or plot, therefore they would rather belong to the American/computer RPG genre (focused on overabundant character attributes and dungeon exploration).
The series currently counts 22 games. Only seven games were released outside Japan, but actually twelve titles are available in English today. The following table summarizes which games are available in English.
|Generation||Available in English||Japanese only|
|8-bit|| 1. Dragon Slayer (English in the original)
2. Dragon Slayer II: Xanadu (English in the original)
3. Dragon Slayer Jr.: Romancia (NES fan translation)
4. Legacy of the Wizard
5. Dragon Slayer V: Sorcerian
|16-bit|| 2. Revival Xanadu 2 Remix (English in the original)
6. Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes
6. Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II
7. Lord Monarch (Mega Drive fan translation)
| 1. Dragon Slayer Gaiden |
5. Dragon Slayer V: Sorcerian (Mega Drive)
5. Dragon Slayer V: Sorcerian (PC Engine)
7. Lord Monarch (SFC)
7. BS Lord Monarch
8. Legend of Xanadu
8. Legend of Xanadu 2
|32-bit|| 7. Lord Monarch Online
1&2. Falcom Classics (English in the original)
|5. Sorcerian Forever|
|6th gen.||2. Xanadu Next||5. Sorcerian: Disciples of Seven Star Sorcery|
|7th gen.||-||8. Tokyo Xanadu|
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The first two titles were released in English, even if they were released in Japan only. Hence, the English icon in the table below. Although they are officially labeled as "role-playing games", Dragon Slayer 1 and 2 hardly fit in the category. They both lack any dialogue with non-playable characters; DS1 also lacks permanent upgrades (some enemies can lower character attributes).
The following table lists original games only (remakes are included on same row); expansion packs will be described within the specific game guide. The Legend of Heroes originated its own spin-off series of the same name, that lists 14 games. Two online games were released in Japan, but are now defunct: Sorcerian Online (2006-2012) and Dragon Slayer: Warriors of the Crown (2012-2014).
The most apparent difference between "Dragon Slayer 2: Xanadu" and "Dragon Slayer 8: Legend of Xanadu" is the fact that the player controls a single hero in DS2 and a party in DS8. For this reason, "Xanadu Next" can be considered related to DS2, and "Tokyo Xanadu" as a spin-off from DS8.
|1||Dragon Slayer I||1984||Action-puzzle|| PC-8801, PC-9801, MSX, FM-7, X1, GB |
Saturn (Falcom Classics)
|2||Dragon Slayer II: Xanadu||1985||Action-adventure|| PC-8801, PC-9801, MSX, FM-7, MS-Win |
Saturn (Falcom Classics)
|3||Dragon Slayer Jr.: Romancia||1986||Action-adventure|| PC-8801, PC-9801, MSX, X1, NES, MS-Win |
NES (fan translation)
|4|| Dragon Slayer IV: Drasle Family
(US title: Legacy of the Wizard)
|1987||Action-adventure|| MSX, MSX2 |
|5||Dragon Slayer V: Sorcerian||1987||Role-playing|| PC-8801, PC-9801, PC-88VA, X1, MSX2 |
|6||Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes||1989||Role-playing|| PC-8801, PC-9801, MSX2, X68000, SMD, SNES, BS, PS1, Saturn |
|5.2||Dragon Slayer V: Sorcerian (Mega Drive)||1990||Role-playing||SMD|
|7||Lord Monarch||1991||Strategy|| PC-9801, PS1, PS3 |
SMD (fan translation)
|7.2||Lord Monarch (SFC)||1992||Strategy||SNES|
|6.2||Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II||1992||Role-playing|| PC-8801, PC-9801, SMD, SNES, MS-DOS, Saturn, PS1 |
|1.2||Dragon Slayer Gaiden||1992||Role-playing||GB|
|5.3||Dragon Slayer V: Sorcerian (PC-Engine)||1992||Role-playing||TG-CD|
|8||Legend of Xanadu||1994||Role-playing||TG-CD|
|8.2||Legend of Xanadu II||1995||Role-playing||TG-CD|
|2.3||Revival Xanadu 2 Remix||1995||Action-adventure||PC-9801|
|7.3||BS Lord Monarch||1997||Strategy||BS|
|7.4||Lord Monarch Online||1997||Strategy||MS-Win (online)|
|5.5|| Sorcerian: 七星魔法の使徒
Sorcerian: Disciples of Seven Star Sorcery
|2.4||Xanadu Next||2005||Role-playing||MS-Win, N-Gage|
Dragon Slayer series
Dragon Slayer 3: Romancia
Dragon Slayer 4: Legacy of the Wizard
Collection: Falcom Classics
Sub-series: The Legend of Heroes
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