What the hell is Dragon Quest?

Why you should care about this gaming behemoth

Horii was but one of the holy trinity that contributed to the Dragon Quest phenomenon. Along with Horii's user-friendly reworking of turn-based battling, the series is notable for its much loved character design and music contributed by Akira Toriyama- creator of Dragon Ball- and Koichi Sugiyama.

Horii and Toriyama had met previously on Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, the comic-book powerhouse in which Toriyama created Dragon Ball and lesser franchise Dr Slump - the tale of a lecherous inventor and his Pinocchio-esque robot daughter. Impressed by the clarity of Toriyama's designs, Horii brought him into the Dragon Quest fold to create a cast of characters and monsters for players to chat to and mutilate, hopefully in that respective order.

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