Dragon Buster

Arcade Video game published 38 years ago by NAMCO, Ltd.

Listed in MAME

Dragon Buster screenshot

Dragon Buster © 1985 Namco.

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

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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 the 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


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

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

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

japan Let's! TV play classic series - Namco Nostalgia 2
usa Arcade (2018) "Pac-Man's Pixel Bash"


Game's ROM.