Dillon's Rolling Western

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Dillon's Rolling Western
Dillon's Rolling Western logo.jpg
Developer(s) Vanpool[1]
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Jun Tsuda
Producer(s) Kensuke Tanabe
Composer(s) Kiyoshi Hazemoto
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
  • WW: February 22, 2012
Genre(s) Action-adventure, tower defense

Dillon's Rolling Western, known in Japan as The Rolling Western (ザ・ローリング・ウエスタン, Za Rōringu Uesutan), is a downloadable video game developed by Vanpool and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. Released exclusively through the system's Nintendo eShop online storefront, the game features Dillon, an anthropomorphic armadillo who must defend frontier villages from walking rock-like enemies.[2] Dillon's Rolling Western combines elements of 3D exploration, action sequences and tower defense and was first unveiled at E3 2011 as The Rolling Western.[3]

On February 14, 2013, Nintendo announced via a Nintendo Direct in North America that the game is to be followed up by a sequel to be released in the following April, which is entitled Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger.

On September 13, 2017, Nintendo of Japan has announced via a Nintendo Direct that a new installment called The Dead Heat Breakers (ザ・デッドヒートブレイカーズ) will be released in 2018 in Japan. The game has yet to see a localized release.

The game's protagonist, Dillon, is featured in the games Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as an Assist Trophy.


Dillon, an armadillo, is a ranger charged with protecting villages from nightly invasions of walking rock monsters called Grocks.[2] The Grocks attack the villages to feed on Scrogs, the residents' livestock.[1] While Dillon is able to attack Grocks by rolling into them, the Grocks can sometimes outnumber Dillon. Thus, the villages have established defense towers that can be outfitted with weapons that will attack Grocks whenever they are in range. To get guns, Dillon must buy them, and sometimes he may have to build the gun tower first. In order to improve the villages' defenses, Dillon must collect materials by exploring mines and defeating Grocks; the materials can then be used to build stronger doors for the village. The stronger a door is, the harder it is for a Grock to get in.


Reaction to Dillon's Rolling Western has been mixed, accruing scores of 63% on GameRankings, 65 out of 100 on Metacritic, 8 out of 10 on IGN and an A- on 1UP.com.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Ishaan (February 22, 2012). "Dillon's Rolling Western Developed By Tingle Developer, Vanpool". Siliconera. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Richard Mitchell (February 22, 2012). "Dillon's Rolling Western rolls onto the 3DS eShop". Joystiq.com. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ Plunkett, Luke (June 8, 2011). "The Rolling Western Might be Nintendo's Best-Kept Secret". Kotaku. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dillon's Rolling Western for 3DS". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dillon's Rolling Western for 3DS". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 

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