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|Designer(s)||Ojisan Trio Plus 1|
|Genre(s)||Vertical scrolling shooter|
|Mode(s)||Up to two players, alternating turns|
|Cabinet||Upright, cabaret, and cocktail|
|Arcade system||Namco System 1|
|Display||Vertical orientation, Raster, 224 x 288 resolution|
Dragon Spirit (ドラゴンスピリット Doragon Supiritto?) is a 1987 vertical scrolling shooter arcade game released by Namco and Atari Games (in the US). It runs on Namco System 1 hardware, and was later ported to the Amstrad CPC, Commodore Amiga, Commodore 64, DOS, Atari ST, X68000, PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 and ZX Spectrum platforms.
In the kingdom of Mitgult, Zawell, an ugly serpent demon, escapes imprisonment after 1,000 years and kidnaps Princess Alicia. A soldier named Amul is chosen to rescue her and destroy Zawell. He points his sword skyward and transforms into a powerful blue dragon. He can breathe fire and drop bombs, as well as collect up to 13 additional powers during his journey. Amul must fight nine beasts before facing Zawell.
Amul has a larger sprite than most of the enemies and so is easy to hit, though he can take two hits before losing a life (three in some ports). The powerups that give the player extra heads may give double or triple the firepower, but they also give double or triple the exposure to enemy fire which, especially at later levels, becomes intensely difficult to avoid.
A semi-sequel appeared on the Famicom/NES under the title Dragon Spirit: The New Legend. It was essentially an altered port taking place a generation after the original game. An Arcade sequel named Dragon Saber was released in 1990, which allowed two players to play simultaneously.
On July 2, 2007, the PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 version of game was added to the Nintendo Virtual Console, and on September 8, 2009, the arcade version was released as part of the Virtual Console Arcade in Japan.
In 2010, as part of Pac-Man's 30th anniversary, Dragon Spirit was released as part of the Pac-Man's Arcade Party 30th Anniversary arcade machine, along with eleven (or twelve, if it was the home version which has Ms. Pac-Man), classic Namco games.
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