Dragon Buster

The Arcade Video Game by NAMCO, Ltd.

Dragon Buster screenshot


Emulated in MAME ! Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

Dragon Buster © 1984 Namco.

Dragon Buster is a role-playing game in which you travel through various scenery to rescue the princess from an evil dragon.


Game ID : DB

Main CPU : Motorola M6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz), Hitachi HD63701 (@ 1.536 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Namco 8-channel WSG

Players : 2
Control : 4-way joystick
Buttons : 2


Even if title screen says 1984, Dragon Buster was released in February 1985 in Japan.

Dragon buster is the first game from Namco to include a life-bar system.

Massimo Gaspari holds the official record for this game with 1,300,560 points on July 18, 1985.

Namco released a board game based on this game (same name) in 1985 (in Japan only) : You roll the dice to move around the board and complete quests. The game includes a variety of event cards, charts for randomizing events and encounters,counters for monsters and items and such. The goal of this game is to kill the dragon and rescue the princess.


1. Dragon Buster (1985)
2. Dragon Buster II - Yami no Fuuin (1989, Nintendo Famicom)


Music by : Yuriko Keino



Nintendo Famicom japan (jan.7, 1987)
Sony PlayStation australia (1996) "Namco Museum Vol.2"
Sony PlayStation japan (feb.9, 1996) "Namco Museum Vol.2 [Model SLPS-00210]"
Sony PlayStation usa (sept.30, 1996) "Namco Museum Vol.2 [Model SLUS-00216]"
Sony PlayStation europe (nov.1996) "Namco Museum Vol.2 [Model SCES-00267]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 usa (nov.4, 2008) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade [Model 21022]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 europe (may.15, 2009) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade"
Microsoft XBOX 360 australia (june.3, 2009) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade"
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console Arcade] japan (sept.15, 2009)
Microsoft XBOX 360 japan (nov.5, 2009) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade [Model 2RD-00001]"


Sony PSP usa (aug.23, 2005) "Namco Museum Battle Collection [Model ULUS-10035]"
Sony PSP europe (dec.9, 2005) "Namco Museum Battle Collection [Model UCES-00116]"
Sony PSP japan (feb.23, 2006) "Namco Museum Vol.2 [Model ULJS-00047]"
Sony PSP korea (nov.8, 2007) "Namco Museum Vol.2"


FM-77AV japan (1987)
NEC PC 8801 japan (1987)
NEC PC 9801 japan (mar.1989)
Sharp X68000 japan (1993)
Sharp X1 japan
MSX2 japan


Let's! TV play classic series - Namco Nostalgia 2 japan

Game's ROM.

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