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Dragon Warrior III

original title: OT: Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu he...

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US Version
Region: USA

Japanese Version
Region: Japan

Release: Jul 01, 2014 - Author: Angertainment - Translator: DaxRider123
Title Screen


The RPG series "Dragon Quest" was a worldwide success ever since the first part came out in 1986. By now, there exist 10 parts and several remakes and new editions for other consoles. The classic story of a hero that goes out to kill the evil dragon in order to save a princess turned into a very memorable game and made way for several RPGs. Next the Final Fantasy and Seiken Densetsu (Secret of Mana) series its one of the most succsessful titles of all time and the fans still love it. Next to a manga series there even was an anime movie of the story which takes place between the first game and the prequel storyline of Dragon Quest III.

Back in the days, Nintendo of America renamed the game from "Dragon Quest" to "Dragon Warrior". However, later sequels used the original title again. Dragon Quest III is a perfect game for the NES and served as a prototype for several later games. Since the release of the game in the USA happened 4 years later than in Japan, the game was not really successful internationally, especially since it - as well as Dragon Quest IV - came out only a few months prior to Dragon Quest V for the SNES. Thus, it was no longer up to date in terms of graphics and its console generation.
Again, Nintendo of America stuck to its regular censorship conditions and took out all religious symbols or altered them drastically.

So here is a comparison between the Japanese original version of Dragon Quest III and the Americanized Dragon Warrior III. Unfortunately, we were not able to get through the entire game for the lack of knowledge of the Japanese language. So, here are just a few examples of the censorship that exists throughout the entire game.
Here is a direct comparison of several scenes that show you the censorship. Keep in mind that the game was created for the NES/Famicom, thus the images may appear a little pixelated. At the moment, we could not get our hands on the respective SNES versions. If you look closely you will see that several characters carry a stick with a cross on its tip which in the US version was made into something of a "walking stick". The priests no longer wear clergyman-hats but instead look like regular old men. All crosses on the graveyard were replaced with tombstones.
US Version: Dragon Warrior IIIJapanese Version: Dragon Quest III

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