For detailed information about this series, see: Dragon Slayer on Wikipedia.
Dragon Slayer is a series of RPG video games created by Nihon Falcom.
Most games in the series are action/RPG games, though despite some similarites, every main installment features different setting, characters and many gameplay differences. For this reason, rather than a proper fictional series, "Dragon Slayer" is considered by many just a label used in early Falcom games for commercial purposes.
The main Dragon Slayer series consists in 8 games:
- Dragon Slayer (September 10, 1984), PC-8801, PC-9801, FM-7, X1. Later also released for MSX, Super Cassette Vision, Game Boy and remade for FM Towns.
- Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II (October 27, 1985), PC-8801, PC-8001, PC-9801, X1, FM-7, FM-77, MSX, MSX2. Also simply known as Xanadu.
- Romancia: Dragon Slayer Jr. (October 6, 1986), PC-8801, PC-9801, MSX, X1, Famicom.
- Dragon Slayer IV: Drasle Family (July 9, 1987), MSX, MSX2, Famicom/NES. Titled Legacy of the Wizard outside Japan.
- Sorcerian (December 20, 1987), NEC PC-8801. Later also released for NEC PC-9801, X1, PC, MSX2, PC Engine CD, sometimes titled Dragon Slayer V: Sorcerian. An enhanced version was released in 1990 for Sega Mega Drive, and this version was released in 2008 for Wii Virtual Console, while an enhanced version was released for iOS in 2012. The PC-88, PC-88 and MSX versions of the game received 11 expansions, but we only list them in the Sorcerian series.
- Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes (December 10, 1989), NEC PC-8801. Later also released for MSX, TurboGrafx-CD, Super Famicom and Sega Mega Drive.
- Lord Monarch (March 21, 1991), NEC PC-9801. Later also released for Super Famicom, Sega Mega Drive and PlayStation. This game is officially considered the seventh main Dragon Slayer game, despite not being titled as such.
- The Legend of Xanadu (February 18, 1994), PC Engine, IBM PC, Windows. The PC Engine version was later released for Wii Virtual Console. This game is officially considered the eighth main Dragon Slayer game, despite not being titled as such.
Additional Dragon Slayer games released are:
- Dragon Slayer Gaiden: Nemuri no Oukan (March 6, 1992), Game Boy. A sequel to the Game Boy version of Dragon Slayer created by Epoch.
- Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II (March 19, 1992), PC-8801. Later also released for PC-9801, PC Engine, Sega Mega Drive, Super Famicom and MS-DOS.
- Romancia: Another Legend (1999), PC. A sequel to Romancia: Dragon Slayer Jr..
- Dragon Slayer: Michi Kareshi Houkan no Senshi-tachi (2012), iOS. A social-RPG game based on the original Dragon Slayer. Service shut down on February 28, 2014.
A manga titled Xanadu: Dragon Slayer Densetsu was released in 1987 and adapted in 1988 into a two part OVA series.
Links to other series
|Xanadu||October 27, 1985||The Xanadu series is a spin-off of the Dragon Slayer series.||1
|Ultima||October 27, 1985||Artwork from Ultima III was used in early versions of Xanadu.||3
|Sorcerian||December 20, 1987||The Sorcerian series is a spin-off of the Dragon Slayer series.||1
|The Legend of Heroes||December 10, 1989||The Legend of Heroes series is a spin-off of the Dragon Slayer series.||1
|Lord Monarch||March 21, 1991||The Lord Monarch series is a spin-off of the Dragon Slayer series.||1
|Barcode Battler||1992||The Dragon Slayer Barcode Battler Cards set is part of both series; Dragon Slayer II is also compatible with the Barcode Battler II.||1
|Falcom Classics||November 06, 1997||Falcom Classics includes Dragon Slayer and Xanadu.||2|