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Japan Celebrates Dragon Quest Day as RPG Franchise Turns 38

Japan Celebrates Dragon Quest Day as RPG Franchise Turns 3838 years ago, on May 27, 1986, the first Dragon Quest game was released, kicking off the RPG franchise that’s still going today. To celebrate, the date has been declared “Dragon Quest Day” in Japan.

Debuting over a year before the first Final Fantasy game, Dragon Quest is credited for creating the Japanese RPG template that’s now known and loved worldwide.

The first game, which was released on the Famicom (or Nintendo Entertainment System, as it’s known here), was created by Yuji Horii and featured character designs by the late Akira Toriyama. The studio behind the game, Enix, later marged with Final Fantasy studio Square to create Square Enix.

Initially released in the west as Dragon Warrior, the series didn’t quite catch on like it did in Japan, but has grown in popularity in recent years. To date, there have been 11 mainline games as well as a multitude of spinoffs. Dragon Quest XII is currently in development, but has faced major delays.

Meanwhile, the original Dragon Quest has been rereleased on multiple platforms over the years, so there’s no day better than today than to dive (back) in to this classic RPG.


Source: Otakomu

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.