A Retronauts Episode About Dragon Quest Draws Near!

This week, USgamer's classic gaming podcast explores Japan's biggest RPG sensation.

If you're a regular reader of USgamer, it should be clear at this point we're pretty big fans of Dragon Quest.

Unfortunately, the rest of the US doesn't exactly share our tastes. Dragon Quest—formerly known as Dragon Warrior in the States—had a few chances to take off in America, and unlike in Japan, these English-localized releases saw modest sales at best. And now that we're about to witness another go at making the series relevant in the West with the upcoming Dragon Quest Heroes, now's the perfect time to talk about what makes this traditional, turn-based RPG such a big deal in the first place.

Of course, we had an episode entirely devoted to Dragon Quest with our old run of episodes in 2008, but a lot has happened over the past seven years: the rereleases of Dragon Quest IV, V, and VI for the DS, Dragon Quest IX, and the many, many spinoffs, remakes, and mainline games that unfortunately remained in Japan. Even though we limit our conversation to the first eight games—spanning less than 20 years of the timeline—there's more than enough to talk about in our regular 90-minute running time, along with plenty of opportunities to sneak in some of the greatest selections from the series' history of memorable soundtracks. So, regardless of whether or not you're new to Dragon Quest or have a blue slime tattooed on your forehead, you'll probably enjoy a room full of RPG nerds geeking out about a series they've loved and followed for decades.

Joining us on this one is Henry Gilbert, a key member of the Laser Time network—which started a Patreon campaign recently, so please give if you enjoy their brand of pop culture magic (which sometimes features yours truly). As always, you can keep up with the latest Retronauts news via our Twitter and Facebook accounts, and check out some of our video content over on our YouTube page. And, in case you forgot, Retronauts is fully funded by our Patreon campaign, so if you can afford to donate even a dollar a month, please consider it! Every little bit really helps our cause.

Relevant Links

Yuji Horii's Monster Designs

Gamasutra's 2011 Yuji Horii Interview

This Episode's Musical Selections

  • 18:03 - Dragon Quest I - "Unknown World"
  • 23:04 - Dragon Quest I - "Overture March"
  • 41:45 - Dragon Quest II - "Only Lonely Boy"
  • 52:02 - Dragon Quest III - "Adventure"
  • 1:04:07 - Dragon Quest IV - "The Warrior Conquers Alone"
  • 1:18:00 - Dragon Quest VI - "Through the Fields"
  • 1:36:07 - Dragon Quest II - "My Road, My Journey"

Download Links

Libsyn (1:40:40 | MP3 Download | SoundCloud)

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