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Nintendo Entertainment System

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Nintendo Entertainment System
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A Nintendo Entertainment System
A Family Computer
Generation Third generation
Release date USA October 18, 1985
South Korea October 18, 1985
Europe September 1, 1986
Australia July 1, 1987
Discontinued USA August 14, 1995
Europe 1995
Predecessor Color TV-Game
Successor Super Nintendo Entertainment System

The Nintendo Entertainment System is a third-generation home video game console created by Nintendo. It was originally released in America on October 18, 1985, and is the overseas equivalent of Japan's Family Computer (or Famicom for short), which released two years prior, on July 15, 1983. The first four Dragon Quest series titles were released for both iterations of the game console. However, all four games were not released in Europe and Australia.

In the early 1990s, the Nintendo Entertainment System was succeeded by the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. None of its Dragon Quest titles were released in North America, unlike the Nintendo Entertainment System, and therefore remained exclusive to the system's Japanese counterpart, the Super Famicom.


In North America, the first four Dragon Quest games had the Dragon Warrior branding, and were released late into the console's lifespan. They were first released for the Family Computer, as is the case for several games developed in Japan in general.

Title Year of release
Dragon Warrior 1986 (Famicom)
1989 (NES)
Dragon Warrior II 1987 (Famicom)
1990 (NES)
Dragon Warrior III 1988 (Famicom)
1991 (NES)
Dragon Warrior IV 1990 (Famicom)
1992 (NES)