Before Final Fantasy, there was Dragon Warrior. Known as Dragon Quest in Japan, Dragon Warrior was one of the NESs early smash hits that didnt come from Nintendo itself, even though it was released nearly three years after it saw the light of day on its native Japanese Famicom.
RPGs were still an extremely niche genre at the time and Dragon Warrior was no guaranteed hit. However, word of mouth combined with a Nintendo Power promotion that sent copies of the game around the country allowed it to blow up.
Dragon Warrior is an old-school grinding RPG that necessitated acute attention to leveling up, equipment management and smart planning. No sooner would an unprepared adventurer leave a town and cross a bridge int …
…o a new area than he would find himself smashed by an enemy much stronger than he.
Because of that, there was no rushing around; Dragon Warrior was for patient gamers only. And woe is the gamer who forgot to hold down the Reset button when turning off his NES. The catastrophic data loss that resulted ruined many a gamers month.