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Title Screen

Legacy of the Wizard

Also known as: Dragon Slayer IV: Drasle Family (JP)
Developer: Nihon Falcom
Publishers: Namco (JP), Brøderbund (US), Bandai Namco (EU/AU)
Platforms: NES
Released in JP: July 17, 1987
Released in US: April 1989
Released in EU: June 18, 2020 (Namco Museum Archives Vol. 2)
Released in AU: June 18, 2020 (Namco Museum Archives Vol. 2)


GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


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Legacy of the Wizard is a port of Dragon Slayer IV, and one of the few entries in the series to be released outside of Japan. The game follows the Worzen family (or the Dragon Slayer family in the manual) going on a quest to find four hidden crowns in a massive open world to obtain the Dragon Slayer sword and, well, slay a dragon! Also contains a soundtrack by Yuzo Koshiro, of Streets of Rage fame.

The Famicom port was the second release of Dragon Slayer IV, after the initial MSX2 version. It introduced several changes to the game which were retained in the later release for MSX.

Sound Test

On Controller 2 press and hold Up + Right + A + B, then on Controller 1 press Down + Left + Select. A sound will confirm correct entry. You can now cycle through the songs by moving the cursor over the picture on the wall and pressing A.

Unused Sprites

The game's graphic tiles include two monsters which are never used in the game. They do not have any associated color or behavior, so they are shown in grey here.

LegacyOfTheWizard-UnusedMonsters2x.png

Members of the Drasle family have a static sprite for when they are inside the house, with five of the seven family members having animated sprites during the ending. However, the game only shows Roas' full animation. The rest of the unused sprites for each member can be found inside the ROM.

Douel Jiela Pochi Meyna Xemn Lyll
Legacy wizard unused sprites douel.png Legacy wizard unused sprites jiela.png Legacy wizard unused sprites pochi.png Legacy wizard unused sprites meyna.png Legacy wizard unused sprites Xemn.png Legacy wizard unused sprites lyll.png

Unused Title Screen

The Famicom ROM contains what appears to be data for a second title screen at $17BCA. This may have been an earlier title screen that was abandoned but never deleted from the PRG-ROM. Unfortunately its original tileset is not present in the CHR-ROM, and if loaded this screen data instead selects the tileset that is used for the finished title screen.

Japan US
LegacyOfTheWizard-UnusedTitle17BCA-Famicom.png LegacyOfTheWizard-UnusedTitle17BCA-NES.png
LegacyOfTheWizardTilesetMockup.png LegacyOfTheWizardTitleMockup.png

By creating a mock-up tileset and injecting a few tiles from the final title screen into it, we can get a rough approximation of how the early title screen should have looked. Tiles 7B-7D, 8B-8D, and 6C-6F would be used for a slightly bigger version of the Falcom graphic, one that preserved the larger "F" and "l" characters seen in the official logo.

Unused Music

The 10th track in the sound test is not used anywhere in the game. It may represent a theme for Roas, who does not have a dungeon area of his own.

Regional Differences

Title Screen

Japan US Namco Museum Archives
DragonSlayerIVNESTitle.png LegacyoftheWizardTitle.png LegacyOfTheWizard NamcoMuseumArchives Title.png

Credits

The credits differences between the Japanese and US versions are minor:

  • The US version starts with the word "CREDITS" at the top.
  • The King Dragon has a different name.
  • The '"Lightball" monster gets an accidental lowercase "l" in US.
  • The "Lee" monster is renamed "Edo".
  • Those credited with Scenario in Japan are "Scenario Staff" in US.
  • Aside from title and company copyright changes, the name "QUINTET" appears in the Japanese version. Though Yuzo Koshiro, a founder of the Quintet game company, worked on this game, the use of this name here predates the founding of that company by two years.

All lines that differ are compared in the table below.

Japan US
CREDITS
King Dragon Dilgyos King Dragon Keela
Lightball Prandi lightball Prandi
Lee Edo
Scenario Scenario Staff
Dragon Slayer 4

QUINTET

© 1987 Falcom

© 1987 NAMCO LTD.

Legacy of the Wizard

©1987 Falcom

©1988 Broderbund Software, Inc.