Killing Dragons For 35 Years – Nintendo Times Radio 141

Killing Dragons

It’s been 35 years since the release of one of the most influential computer games of all time: The Temple of Apshai Trilogy. The game was a hit with gamers, and they kept going back to it for years. The Temple of Apshai Trilogy helped define the role-playing genre, and it was a major influence on the Gauntlet series. It even spawned a trilogy of sequels, Temple of Apshai: Schartung Zug, Temple of Apshai: The Citadels of Time, and Temple of Apshai: The Last Revelation.

Ever since the first 8-bit hero made a name for himself by killing a dragon, the act of hacking and slashing one’s way through a dungeon full of the armored fire-breathing lizards has been a mainstay of the gaming industry. The fact that the dragon has been around for so long, and is a part of so many genres, has made it a perfect candidate for a topic in the History of Gaming series.

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Japan is celebrating the 35th anniversary of Dragon Quest, and so are we! Stay tuned for the presentation, where we will discuss every game in the main series, as well as some spin-offs. A lot happens in this three-plus hour episode, so let’s get started! Radio Episode 141

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Nintendo Times Radio is a podcast covering the entire spectrum of the video game universe. Unlike the site, we often discuss games and topics unrelated to Nintendo. In other words, even if you’re not the biggest Nintendo fan out there, we hope you’ll find some value in our conversations and topics. Here’s what’s in store for this episode:


0:00 – Paranoid Empire (by: Doctor Vox)

0:40 – Welcome


2:36 – Aaron, James & Craig – Resident Evil Village (PS4 & PS5)

13:33 – Ben – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (PS4)

19:18 – Evan – World of WarCraft: The Burning Crusade Classic (PC)

23:48 – Craig – Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir (Switch)

29:42 – Craig & James – It Takes Two (PS5)


35:04 – Only Lonely Boy by Square Enix – Dragon Quest II Symphonic Suite


36:23 – Anniversary Trivia

59:25 – Skyward Sword amiibo Controversy

1:07:57 – Ni No Kuni 2 Coming To Switch

1:11:00 – TimeSplitters Game Announced

1:13:11 – Dragon Quest 35th Anniversary Stream Announced

1:14:21 – The Last of Us 2 60fps Patch Released

1:17:28 – Summer Game Fest Kick Off Live on June 10, 2021

1:21:11 – Target Stops Selling Pokémon Cards

1:25:00 – Lawsuit Alleges Sony Overcharges For Games


1:28:57 – Grueling Fight by Square Enix – Dragon Quest III Symphonic Suite


1:32:02 – Dragon Quest 35th Anniversary


3:07:50 – Thanks For Listening!


3:08:32 – Endless World by Square Enix – Dragon Quest II Symphonic Suite


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