16-Bit Gems: Dragon Quest III, 8.6 out of 10 based on 18 ratings

Roo brings back 16-Bit Gems in style with the finale of the 4-part Dragon Quest retrospective! After looking at the history of RPGs, the Super Nintendo remakes of DQ 1&2, and the modern classic of Dragon Quest VIII, he brings things back to the most popular entry in the series – Dragon Quest III. Find out why this game was so popular across the Pacific, and how even this 15+ year remake makes it accessible to modern audiences.

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  1. June 22, 2013 at 11:26pm
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    DQ3 is one of those eternally referenced archetypes in Japan. Too bad I was one of the people who couldn’t get into the dark, punishing NES version (good god, grinding in the desert). The remake, on the other hand, was gorgeous and very playable. It really is too bad they didn’t give it an official release here. Wonder if it was because of some of the inappropriate jokes.

  2. June 22, 2013 at 10:11pm
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    What a coincidence! I just finished Dragon Quest VI the other day. The final boss was TOUGH!!! His final form is a floating head and two claws, and each claw can resurrect the other so it’s best to take them both out in one turn. Easier said than done! I not only did more level-grinding, I had my hero and Amos take on the “Dragon” occupation. This gave them elemental abilities that dealt damage to all enemies onscreen, not just ones in a group. I managed to beat the boss, Mortamor, but was still left hanging by my nails.

    My next DS game: “Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals.”

    • June 22, 2013 at 11:01pm
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      Not to spoil anything, but you should keep playing DQ6. Especially if you’ve played previous DQs and can get references to them. There’s more fun to be had and nails to hang from, if you noticed anything in the ending.

      • June 22, 2013 at 11:39pm
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        There’s one more dungeon, I know (just as there’s one in DQ3). But after playing this for nearly fifty hours, I’m spent. It’s time to move on to something new and different.

  3. June 22, 2013 at 03:15pm
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    One of my top 5 RPG’s of all time.

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