Dragon Spirit

Arcade Video game published 35 years ago by NAMCO

Listed in MAME

Dragon Spirit screenshot

Dragon Spirit © 1987 Namco.

Dragon Spirit scorches the screen with a mythical fantasy theme hot enough to thrill players throughout the land. Come with us, and journey to a time long ago when prehistoric beings populated the globe. Where after a millennium of captivity, an ugly serpent demon named 'Zawell' escapes imprisonment and kidnaps Alicia, princess to the kingdom of Mitgult. A young, crafty soldier Amul is selected to rescue the princess and destroy Zawell. In praying to the gods for strength and courage, he points his sword high toward the heavens. Suddenly he is transformed into an all-powerful blue dragon, bestowed with special powers. Though gifted with a lethal air and ground attack, this is not enough. He must locate and obtain extra powers along the way. The demon has instructed nine of the mightiest beasts to stop Amul before reaching his goal. Do not underestimate this soldier, he has the Dragon Spirit!

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Namco System 1 hardware
Game ID : DS

Main CPU : 6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz)
Sub CPU : 6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz)
Sound CPU : 6809 (@ 1.536 Mhz)
MCU: HD63701 (@ 1.536 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2151 (@ 3.57958 Mhz), Namco advanced 8-channel stereo WSG, stereo DAC

Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 2


Dragon Spirit was released in June 1987 in Japan.

If you complete the game, the credits appear followed by a list of Namco games up to this point along with their release dates.

Dow Luk See holds the official record for this game with 400,630 points on April 30, 1988.

Victor Entertainment released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Namco Video Game Graffiti Vol.2 - VDR-5222) on October 21, 1987.

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* Titlescreen 'Level Select Code' added (See 'Tips And Tricks' section for more info).


* Level Select Code (works on the New version only) : insert a coin, hold Down on the joystick and press Start. You can now choose your start level.


1. Dragon Spirit (1987)
2. Dragon Saber (1990)


Character designer : Macchan
Monster designer : Tatsuya
Graphic designer : Arakawa Da!
Music composer : Shinji Hosoe
Game programmer : Kyota
Technical support : Fresh Yama Take & Har Ware Engineer Staff, Devil Nakamura, Sexy Akina
Game designer : Ojisan Trio Plus 1
Director : Yoko Boss
Special guest : Takky Takahashi
Management : Uncle Ashinaga


NOTE: For ports released in North America, please see the Atari version entry.

[JP] NEC PC-Engine (dec.26, 1988) "Dragon Spirit [Model NC63003]"
[JP] Nintendo Famicom (apr.14, 1989) "Dragon Spirit - Aratanaru Densetsu"
[JP] Sony PlayStation (feb.28, 1997) "Namco Museum Vol.5 [Model SLPS-00705]"
[AU] Sony PlayStation (1998) "Namco Museum Vol.5 [Model SCES-00702]"
[EU] Sony PlayStation (feb.1998) "Namco Museum Vol.5 [Model SCES-00702]"
[JP] Sony PS2 (jan.26, 2006) "Namco Museum Arcade Hits! [Model SLPS-25590]"
[EU] Sony PS2 (mar.31, 2006) "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary [Model SLES-53957]"
[EU] Microsoft XBOX (mar.24, 2006) "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary"
[EU] Nintendo GameCube (may.5, 2006) "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary [Model DOL-G5NP-EUR]"
[EU] Microsoft XBOX 360 (may.15, 2009) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade"
[AU] Microsoft XBOX 360 (june.4, 2009) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade"
[JP] Microsoft XBOX 360 (nov.5, 2009) "Namco Museum - Virtual Arcade [Model 2RD-00001]"
Sony PlayStation 3 [PSN] [JP] (jan.29, 2009) "Namco Museum.comm [Model NPJB-00012]"
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console Arcade] [JP] (sept.8, 2009)
Sony PlayStation 3 [PSN] [EU] [AU] (apr.1, 2010) "Namco Museum Essentials [Model NPEB-00104]"

[JP] Sharp X68000 (sept.23, 1988)
[EU] Amstrad CPC (1989)
[EU] Atari ST (1989)
[EU] Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1990) by Domark : also released as Budget editions by both Hit Squad and Erbe Software in 1991
[EU] Commodore C64 (1989)
[EU] Commodore Amiga (1989)
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] [AU] (mar.27, 2006) "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary"
[EU] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (may.19, 2006) "Namco Museum - 50th Anniversary"


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