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Dragon Warrior II - Nintendo NES

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Nintendo NES
Everyone
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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  • ASIN: B00004SVYR
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,065 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Sequel to the popular Dragon Warrior RPG for the original Nintendo console. Often out of print and hard to find.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good game for its era, but very difficult September 13, 2005
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Dragon Warrior 2 expanded on the original Dragon Warrior in several ways. The world map was four times larger, you could enlist the services of two additional warriors, the storyline was more complex, and the enemies could attack you in larger and more dangerous groups.

Having been released during the middle of the NES's lifespan, one should not expect to find dazzling graphics and masterful soundtracks here. However, the graphics are generally easy enough to understand and serve their purpose even though they are tile-based and generally bland, especially in the dungeons--most of which look exactly alike. The music score is decent, particularly the dungeon and castle music scores. The dungeon music can actually be a bit frightening, especially since the enemies themselves are so deadly.

Dragon Warrior 2 is quite challenging, as there are many places to explore. The game starts off quite linear at first, but once you rescue the Princess of Moonbrooke and get the ship, the game opens up considerably. There's also a reasonable variety of weapons, armor, and magic spells available to you to help you defeat the enemies.

However, this game has several flaws:

1. Difficulty. Even to this date, Dragon Warrior 2 is one of the hardest RPGs in existence. In this game, literally almost every battle has the potential to be your last one. The enemies will notoriously gang up on a weakened character. And the enemy groups are also often much stronger than you are. Some enemies can drain half of your MP in one attack. Other enemies are too strong to be located in some dungeons (such as Dragon Flies in the tower with the Water Crest). Also, the dungeons are very, very difficult. The Cave to Rhone is easily among the most dangerous dungeons in any RPG.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An evolutionary step up November 8, 2009
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Dragon Warrior II for the NES is better than Dragon Warrior I. If that statement sold you on the game, then you don't need to read any further. For those of you still not convinced, keep reading.

First, let's discuss what makes DW2 a good game. This game is a huge step up from Dragon Warrior I, featuring multiple party members battling multiple enemies with a much wider array of spells and equipment. With DW2, the series introduces most of the traits that it is recognized for today. It has a huge (for the time), open-ended world that you're free to explore, it has a "classic" difficulty curve, and a simple but efficient story. This is the RPG genre at its most refined. Before class changes, before lengthy cutscenes, and before heaping helpings of melodrama, this game is pure and simple. Your quest is to find and kill the evil Hargon. It's a little more complicated than that, but only barely. I actually appreciate that--the game isn't weighed down by its own plot. This game is about adventure and combat. Let's talk about those two things in depth.

I said that DW2 has a "classic" difficulty curve, and by that I mean it's damn hard, but it's hard in that sort of "if I try just a little bit harder I'll win" sort of way. Adventuring around the world and looking for the various items you need to complete your quest is fun, but it's definitely a challenge. The adventure is its own puzzle, and you have to put together the clues given to you by townsfolk to continue. Finding some of the crests that you need to progress later in the game can be awfully aggravating, though. Sometimes you'll need a bit of luck and determination, unless you cheat and look up the solutions online.

The combat in DW2 is some of the most dangerous in any RPG.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Wow. Imagine your party is wandering around a dungeon at full health. The screen flashes....you anticipate battle, and four green dragons appear! The green dragons attack before you get a chance.....AND your party is wiped out....yeah.

I can just see that evil desinger making this game up, with enemies that always seem to be much stronger than the party. With very difficult to obtain items that recover mp, you need to carry healing items with you. But here's the kicker. You don't really have enough free slots to carry too many.

I might be giving it too many stars just cause I love Dragon Warrior games, this is a VERY frustrating game. I'm also an RPG veteran, and so it gets a little easier if you know what you're doing, but there are always situations in this game that you just cannot control (See above Green Dragon example...that actually happened) . Yet...I still love it cause it's dragon warrior. If you're a graphics hog this ain't for you. But if you're like me and you love Dragon warrior pick it up. Sometimes...it's actually funny to see your party get wiped out like that. Sometimes
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic December 13, 2001
I'm giving this title 4 stars, because it's a classic.
This is a big step up from Dragon Warrior 10 years ago. However, I'm convinced it would bore most young gamers of today. Unlike DW3 and DW4 is not extremely hard to find. Features the use of a ship, new allies that you form, and multiple enemies in battle. As well as a cool teleport system, multiple save locations and a world 4x the size of Dragon Warrior.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work, sadly
The game itself would be fun (I've played it before quite a bit), but the copy I got did not work - just a blue screen. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Modem
5.0 out of 5 stars The continuation of one of the original great RPGs. Most people...
The continuation of one of the original great RPGs. Most people started with FF, but this was an amazing game for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic game.
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Published 14 months ago by Jeffrey Bridges
4.0 out of 5 stars All Hope is Lost
Dragon warrior 2 is a fun game that improves on many aspects of the first game. More party members, more spells, more enemies in encounters, magic items I can go on. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Randall Simonin
5.0 out of 5 stars Super good RPG
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Published on May 21, 2013 by gerald marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Warrior 2
I purchased this because I'm a Dragon Quest fan. Dragon Warrior was the named originally used for the first four games back in the NES era. Read more
Published on April 26, 2013 by demonsRendangered
5.0 out of 5 stars why we love it
My husband loves this game and plays it all the time! He collects retro games and this is one of the ones he was searching for !!
Published on February 23, 2013 by bernadine
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game, fun, but ridiculously difficult, and annoying at times
Dragon Warrior I was one of my favorite NES games of all-time. I actually got it for free with Nintendo Power magazine. Dragon Warrior II, I had to warm up to at first. Read more
Published on February 11, 2013 by Mark T. Brody
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