#29: Dragon Warrior III

Released In: 1991
Developer: Enix
Publisher: Enix

      As the son (or daughter) of the legendary hero Ortega, you are charged with defeating the evil Archfiend Baramos. In your quest to do so, you will acquire exotic spices, search for a ghost ship, finance the creation of a town, fly around on a giant bird, and recruit up to three additional members from six different classes. But the destruction of Baramos is just the beginning. You will eventually come to learn that Baramos was just a servant of the Zoma, an evil wizard who rules the Dark World below your own. When you kill Baramos, Zoma opens up a pit to between the two worlds and send his armies to attack. Your must then travel to through the chasm and defeat Zoma in the Dark World, which is actually Alefgard, the world of where the original Dragon Warrior is set. Features an innovative night and day mechanic as well as about a million hours of gameplay.

Syd Lexia: Compared to Dragon Warrior III, Final Fantasy I is trash. That's how good this game is. Seriously, if you haven't played this game, then you don't know jack shit about NES RPGs. This game was so highly anticipated in Japan that children cut school to buy it, causing the Japanese government to pass legislation preventing all future games in the series from being released on school days. This law is still in effect. Sadly, Dragon Warrior III never reached that level of success in the United States. Despite being 100 times better than its formidable predecessors, the third installment of Dragon Warrior sold worse than both Dragon Warrior and Dragon Warrior II. If I had my way, this game would be in the top ten, maybe even in the top five.

Dr. Jeebus: Dragon Warrior is an incredible RPG series, but it's also an underappreciated one. Very few people I know bought these games, which is probably why Dragon Warrior III and Dragon Warrior IV are the only legal cartridges I know of that still sell for about $40-50. If you've never known the sheer elation of encountering 8 metal slimes or the crushing disappointment of watching 7 of them run away before you kill them, I suggest you find a means to play this game immediately.

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