Dragon Quest:Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon

The MDFW - Documenting Mystery Dungeon since 2008.
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Torneko's Great Adventure logo.

Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon began with Torneko's Great Adventure: Mystery Dungeon, the first entry into the Mystery Dungeon franchise and the first to use a crossover with another series, being the Dragon Quest franchise. The titles are primarily centered around Torneko, the merchant first met in Dragon Quest Ⅳ: Chapters of the Chosen.

The Mystery Dungeon series first began with the Torneko's Great Adventure trilogy, as a spin-off of Dragon Quest Ⅳ: Chapters of the Chosen, known as Dragon Warrior Ⅳ in North America. Torneko would later appear as a cameo in the spin-off and prequel of Dragon Quest Ⅷ: Journey of the Cursed King, Dragon Quest: Young Yangus and the Mysterious Dungeon, which marks the first and only game to control a different character, being Young Yangus in that case.

Origin[edit | edit source]

After the launch of the Super Famicom and finishing development for Dragon Quest V, the company ceased working on the Dragon Quest series and began working on the Mystery Dungeon series.[1] The series was based on the 1980's game Rogue, which has spawned its own genre called roguelike.[1] For a week Koichi Nakamura, founder of Chunsoft and co-creator of the Dragon Quest series, played Rogue at the recommendation of a colleague, Seiichiro Nagahata, trying to understand the game's appeal, and concluded the high degree of challenge made the game very rewarding. While working on a roguelike game for the Super Famicom, the team decided to use characters from a recognizable franchise in Japan. Koichi Nakamura has asked Yuji Horii, creator of the Dragon Quest series, about the possibility to add characters and items from the Dragon Quest franchise, and Torneko, the merchant appearing in Chunsoft's previous work Dragon Quest IV, only to have the permission accepted soon after.[2][1] Torneko no Daibōken: Fushigi no Dungeon was published in 1993 and became the first video game to bear the "Mystery Dungeon" moniker.[3] Even if it sold less than the series' main titles, the game has sold over 800,000 copies. Koichi Nakamura conceived the series as Chunsoft's first original work.[1] The game spawned two sequels starring Torneko, Torneko: The Last Hope in 1999 and Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 3 in 2002, and a follow-up, Dragon Quest: Young Yangus and the Mysterious Dungeon in 2006, where Torneko would appear as a cameo instead of the protagonist. And indeed, the game became the first of the over thirty Mystery Dungeon rogue-like series.[4]

Other characters other than Torneko would become playable throughout the titles: Torneko's own son Tipper in Torneko's Great Adventure 3: Mystery Dungeon and Young Yangus in the spin-off and prequel of Dragon Quest Ⅷ: Journey of the Cursed King, Dragon Quest: Young Yangus and the Mysterious Dungeon.

Topics[edit | edit source]

Books[edit | edit source]

See also: List of Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon Books.

Books covers the topics of Guide Books, Novellas, and the like. There is only one novella in the Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon series, being Novel Torneko's Great Adventure: Mysterious Dungeon Enix Bunko.

Manga[edit | edit source]

See also: List of Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon Manga.

There is a total of fifteen manga in the Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon series.

Games and Demos[edit | edit source]

See also: List of Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon Video Games.

There is a total of eight games in the Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon series. As of now, only World of Dragon Warrior: Torneko: The Last Hope was able to receive an official translation and port in North America. The other games have remained in Japan due to the series' popularity in Japan, being more important than overseas between the '90s and the early 2000s.

Major Characters[edit | edit source]

See also: List of Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon Major Characters.

Merchandise[edit | edit source]

See also: List of Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon Merchandise.

Monsters[edit | edit source]

See also: List of Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon Monsters.

Soundtracks[edit | edit source]

See also: List of Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon Soundtracks.

In Other Languages[edit | edit source]

Language Name
English Flag of the United Kingdom.png
Flag of the United States.png
Torneko's Great Adventure
Japanese Flag of Japan.png トルネコの大冒険

See Also[edit | edit source]

vde
Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon articles
vde
Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon - Characters
Major Characters
Playable PaoloProtagonist (DQ Mobile 2)TornekoYangus
Allies InesRosa
Others Gaibara the Legendary PotterGeldaMorrieNinaPoppyRedShopkeeperYampa
Minor Characters
vde
Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon - Manga
Torneko's Great Adventure Mystery Dungeon 4-frame Manga Theater (1234) • Gamebook Torneko's Great Adventure - Mystery Dungeon (123) • Torneko's Great Adventure 2 - Mystery Dungeon (12) • Torneko's Great Adventure 2 Mystery Dungeon 4-frame Manga Theater - Dragon Quest Characters (12) • Torneko's Great Adventure 3 Mystery Dungeon 4-frame Manga Theater - Dragon Quest Characters (12) • Torneko's Great Adventure 3 Mystery Dungeon Premium Stories - Dragon Quest Characters
vde
Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon - Novella
Novel Torneko's Great Adventure: Mysterious Dungeon Enix Bunko
vde
Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon - Video Games
Titles Torneko's Great Adventure: Mystery Dungeon Super FamicomWorld of Dragon Warrior: Torneko: The Last Hope PlayStationDragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 3: Mystery Dungeon PlayStation 2Dragon Quest: Young Yangus and the Mysterious Dungeon PlayStation 2
Ports Dragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 2 Advance: Mystery Dungeon Game Boy AdvanceDragon Quest Characters: Torneko's Great Adventure 3 Advance: Mystery Dungeon Game Boy Advance
Cell Phone Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon Mobile AndroidDragon Quest More Mystery Dungeon Mobile Android

References[edit | edit source]