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Prerelease:Dragon Warrior II (NES)

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This page details prerelease information and/or media for Dragon Warrior II (NES).

Original Location of Cannock Castle

According to Yuji Horii, Cannock was originally located far northeast of the starting castle instead of northwest. A screencapture of the beta version ended up on soundtrack LP. The first cave was moved to accommodate this.

Cut Cutscenes

The original game was intended on having cutscenes but were cut for memory. It was also intended on having, like the MSX version, an animation for if the princess wore the skimpy swimsuit.

1986 Copyright Date

According to Yuji Horii, the game was initially supposed to come out in November 1986, only to be delayed by a month to December. However, the developers found the game to be too difficult, so a further delay was commenced to adjust its difficulty. By mid-December, the game was finished and delivered to Nintendo for release on January 26, 1987.

The manual for the original Japanese version shows a title screen with the 1986 copyright date. The early title screen has a TM symbol by the logo, a different copyright symbol, and the text from the first game, which was modified a tad in the second.

Pre-release Final
DragonQuestII-1986 Prototype.png Dragon Quest 2 (J) - title.png