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Dragon Spirit
Developer(s) Namco
Consult Software
Domark
The Hit Squad
Publisher(s) (JP/NA/EU) Namco
(NA) Atari Games
(NA) NEC
(EU) Consult Software
(EU) Domark
(AU) Nintendo
Designer(s) Ojisan Trio Plus 1
Composer(s) Shinji Hosoe
Platform(s) Arcade, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, PC Engine, Mobile Phone, Wii VC, X68000, ZX Spectrum, Famicom
Release date(s) Arcade
(JP) June 20, 1987
X68000
(JP) September 23, 1988
PC Engine
(JP) December 16, 1988
(NA) 1989)
Commodore 64
(NA/EU) 1989
Amiga
(EU) 1989
ZX Spectrum
(EU) 1989
(EU) 1991 (Re-release)
Atari ST
(EU) 1990)
MS-DOS
(EU) 1991
PlayStation
(JP) February 28, 1997
(NA) November 1997
(EU) February 1998
(EU) October 28, 1999 (PlayStation the Best)
Mobile Phone
(JP) April 8, 2003
PlayStation 2
(NA) August 30, 2005
(JP) January 26, 2006
(EU) March 31, 2006
Wii Virtual Console (PCE)
(NA) July 2, 2007
(PAL) July 6, 2007
(JP) November 13, 2007
Xbox 360 Arcade
(NA) November 4, 2008
(EU) May 15, 2009
(JP) November 5, 2009
Wii Virtual Console (Arcade)
(JP) September 8, 2009
PlayStation Network
(JP) January 12, 2011 (PSP)
December 18, 2013 (PS3)
Genre(s) Vertical Shooter

Dragon Spirit  is a vertical scrolling shooterarcade game that was released by Namco in 1987 and licensed to Atari Games for its American manufacture and distribution. It runs on Namco System 1 hardware, and was later ported to the Amstrad CPC, Commodore Amiga, Commodore 64, DOS, Atari ST, X68000, PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 and ZX Spectrum platforms.

Plot[edit] Edit

In the kingdom of Mitgult, a serpent demon named Zawell escapes imprisonment after a thousand years, and kidnaps Princess Alicia. A soldier named Amul is chosen to rescue her and destroy Zawell. He points his sword skyward and transforms into a powerful blue dragon. He can breathe fire and drop bombs, as well as collect up to thirteen additional powers during his journey. Amul must fight nine of Zawell's mightiest beasts, one at the end of each stage, before facing Zawell himself.

Gameplay Edit

Amul always moves forward, but the player can move him in 8 directions. He can blast flames at aerial opponents, or drop bombs on enemies upon the ground. Amul has a larger sprite than most of the enemies and so is easy to hit, though he can take two hits before losing a life (three in some ports). The powerups that give the player extra heads may give him double or triple the firepower, but they also give him double or triple the exposure to enemy fire which, especially on the later stages, can become intensely difficult to avoid. As such, beating the game is not easy.

Other releases Edit

A semi-sequel appeared on the Famicom/NES under the title Dragon Spirit: The New Legend. It was essentially an altered port, taking place a generation after the original title. An arcade sequel named Dragon Saber was released in 1990, which ran on Namco System 2 hardware and allowed two players to play simultaneously.

Additionally, Dragon Spirit was released for the PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 in 1988. This version retained most of the original arcade graphics and sound quality, but only featured eight stages as opposed to the arcade version's nine. An emulated arcade version of Dragon Spirit appears in Namco Museum 50th Anniversary and Namco Museum Vol. 5. On July 2, 2007, the PC Engine (or TurboGrafx-16) conversion of the game was added to the Nintendo Virtual Console, and on September 8, 2009, the arcade version was released as part of the Virtual Console Arcade, in Japan. On November 4, 2008, it was released on the Xbox 360, as part of Namco Museum Virtual Arcade. The game was also released on the PlayStation Network as part of a downloadable compilation for the PlayStation 3, Namco Museum Essentials. In 2010, as part of Pac-Man's thirtieth anniversary, Dragon Spirit was released as part of the Pac-Man's Arcade Party 30th Anniversary arcade machine - along with eleven (or twelve, if referring to the home version, which includes the unauthorized title Ms. Pac-Man), other classic Namco games.

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