Legacy of the Wizard (NES)

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Legacy of the Wizard
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Platform: Nintendo Entertainment System
Year: 1987
Developer: Nihon Falcom Corp.
Buy: Amazon
For other games in the series see Dragon Slayer.

Legacy of the Wizard is the American title of ドラゴンスレイヤーIV ドラスレファミリー Dragon Slayer IV: Drasle Family, the fourth game in a larger series, few of which have had an American release.

It is a side-scrolling platformer adventure. It features many power-ups, items, and monsters. The game revolves around a family of dragon slayers who have just discovered that the dragon their ancestors froze in stasis is about to awake, and they must prepare to battle it to the death. The family consists of the father, mother, son, daughter, and their pet. Each has special skills necessary to collect the items to battle the dragon.

Without the instruction manual, the objective is difficult to ascertain, and the huge underground labyrinth requires a lot of trial and error to figure out.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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The more-attractive Japanese title screen.

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The Drasle family.

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Nice castle. Too bad you never go into it.

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The beginning of the dungeon.

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Looking at wares in this shop.

Music

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The soundtrack is one of Yuzo Koshiro's earlier works and showcases his creativity and catchy style early in his career.

Although the MSX version of the game is very similar to the NES game, it features several different songs. The MSX version also credits Mieko Ishikawa on music who may have been responsible for the differing tracks, or who may have just been an arranger.

Additional research should be made on what part each composer had in each song. Both the NES and MSX games were being worked on at the same time, and there is reason to believe that the MSX game was the prototype, even though the NES version was released first. The MSX features a poorer map layout from the NES and MSX2, which means the designers would have had to purposely make the map worse if the development matched the release dates. Also, it's possible the additional tracks were expected to be included in the NES version, but space constraints led to them being removed.

Ishikawa may have had influence over the NES soundtrack as well, as there are several names in the MSX credits that are not in the NES credits, even for sections that are nearly identical between versions. However, until confirmation is made, only Koshiro will be credited with the NES music, as his is the only name in the game's credits.

Koshiro programmed his own sound engine in 6502 assembly and probably developed a custom Music Macro Language for it. Legacy of the Wizard appears to be the only NES game to use his sound engine, as Aspect never developed any other NES games.

Recording

# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Opening Theme Yuzo Koshiro 0:45
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02 Theme of Inn and Home Yuzo Koshiro 1:01
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03 Select Screen Yuzo Koshiro 1:01
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04 Ground Theme Yuzo Koshiro 1:07
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05 All Together Now Yuzo Koshiro 1:12
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06 Shop Theme Yuzo Koshiro 1:33
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07 Xemn Worzen Yuzo Koshiro 1:26
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08 Pochi Yuzo Koshiro 0:51
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09 Lyll Worzen Yuzo Koshiro 1:17
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10 Mayna Worzen Yuzo Koshiro 1:01
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11 Treasure Chest Yuzo Koshiro 0:02
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12 Taratunes Yuzo Koshiro 0:52
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13 Dilgyos Yuzo Koshiro 1:07
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14 Theme of Death Yuzo Koshiro 0:31
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15 Ending Theme Yuzo Koshiro 2:05
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16 Unused Yuzo Koshiro 1:01
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Credits

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(Note: The credits are exactly the same in the Japanese version.)

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Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

Releases

  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: ドラゴンスレイヤーIV ドラスレファミリー (Dragon Slayer IV: Drasle Family)
Platform: Famicom
Released: 1987-07-17
Publisher: Namcot
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Legacy of the Wizard
Platform: NES
Released: 1989-04-??
Publisher: Brøderbund Software, Inc.

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