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Legend of the Ghost Lion
Box artwork for Legend of the Ghost Lion.
Developer(s) Kemco
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date(s) 1989
Genre(s) Role-playing
System(s) NES
Mode(s) Single player
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White Lion Legend: beyond the Pyramid (ホワイトライオン伝説 ―ピラミッドの彼方に― White Lion Densetsu: Pyramid no Kanata ni?) was originally released in Japan in 1989, and later localized as Legend of the Ghost Lion in English.

Localized title

Legend of the Ghost Lion has a historical value. In fact, it was the first Dragon Quest clone that was exported from Japan and released in western countries.

The localized American box artwork is often considered one of the worst ever made. Furthermore, such arwork cuts off half of the title: instead of "Legend of the Ghost Lion", only "Ghost Lion" is displayed. These are sufficient reasons to avoid showing it here. Note that the Lion is always referred to as White Lion during the game; the attribute "Ghost" only appears in the localized title.

Story[edit]

Maria's parents told her the legend of the White Lion. "Once upon a time, a great white lion attacked our village. many soldiers tried to subdue it, but to no avail. Then, one young soldier summoned all his courage, and threw his spear at the lion. The White Lion disappeared into a cave at the edge of the village, never to be seen again. We are about to embark on a journey to solve this mystery", said Maria's parents, "It may be a very dangerous and difficult journey. Please wait for us until we return. If you have any problems, go and see the village elders". With that, the parents left, but they were never heard from again.

Maria decided to search for her parents and visited the village elders. "You finally decided to start on a journey. This spear holds the spirit of the young soldier. If you call upon the spirit, he will appear and help you. First, you should search for a special lamp. It will protect you." The village elders gave Maria the spear and the wood key. "There is a rumor that the White Lion is at the gate of evil. Be careful, Maria." Maria left the village elders and went into the cave.

Suddenly, the earth began to tremble, the bridge shook, and Maria fell into the river. Swept away by the violent current, Maria lost consciousness.

Gameplay[edit]

Legend of the Ghost Lion is a Dragon Quest clone: it has almost the same gameplay.

One difference is the party system. The hero, Maria, has to summon allies during battle.

Another difference is about the equipment. In Dragon Quest, Loto equip weapons and armors outside battle, and then keep them on; in Legend of the Ghost Lion, Maria can select a protection ring during combat, and choose the attacking weapon during every turn.

A minor difference is the absence of experience points. Maria's level is raised by finding fragments of hope, somewhat reminiscent of the Heart Containers in The Legend of Zelda.

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