List of Japanese role-playing video games: 1982 to 1987

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This is a list of Japanese role-playing video games released from 1982 to 1987.

1982 to 1985[edit | edit source]

Year Title Developer Publisher Setting Platform Subgenre Series/Notes
1982 Danchizuma no Yuwaku
(団地妻の誘惑)
Koei Koei Modern PC88
FM7
Adventure RPG[1][2]
Eroge[3]
1982 Dragon and Princess Koei Koei Fantasy PC88 Adventure-RPG with top-down tactical combat Commonly considered the first Japanese-made game with role-playing elements.[4]
1982 Dragon Lair
(ドラゴンレア)
Fugen Denshi Fantasy FM7
1983 Bawnded: Chitei Sekai-hen
(バウンドッド 地底世界編)
Nihon Micom Gakuen Nihon Micom Gakuen Fantasy PC88 First-person display.[5]
1983 Bokosuka Wars
(ボコスカウォーズ)
Koji Sumii ASCII Fantasy X1
MSX (Port)
NES (Port)
Tactical RPG[6]
RTS/RPG[7]
Action RPG[8][9]
1983 Dragon and Princess Koei Koei Fantasy FM7 (Port) Adventure-RPG with top-down tactical combat Commonly considered the first Japanese-made game with role-playing elements.[4]
1983 Dungeon
(ダンジョン)
Sakai Akira Sakai Akira Fantasy FM7 Computer-style RPG[10]
1983 Ken to Mahō
(剣と魔法)
(Sword and Sorcery)
Koei Koei Fantasy FM7
PC88
Dungeon crawl[11]
1983 Khufu-Ō no Himitsu
(クフ王の秘密)
(The Secret of Cheops)
Koei Koei Fantasy FM7
PC88
Dungeon crawl[12]
1983 Nobunaga's Ambition
(信長の野望)
Koei Koei Historical MSX
NES (Port)
Tactical RPG[13] Series debuts.
1983 Panorama Toh
(ぱのらま島)
Nihon Falcom Nihon Falcom Fantasy PC88 Hexagon-based overhead view. Real-time RPG.[14]
1983 Seiken Densetsu
(聖剣伝説)
Compac Inc. Compac Inc. Fantasy PC88
1984 Arfgaldt
(アルフガルド)
ASCII Fantasy FM7 Computer-style RPG[15]
1984 Black Onyx, The
(ザ・ブラックオニキス)
Bullet-Proof Bullet-Proof Fantasy PC88 Dungeon crawl[16] Often considered the first Japanese RPG ever released[17]
1984 The Black Onyx II: Search for the Fire Crystal
(ザ・ブラックオニキス)
Bullet-Proof Bullet-Proof Fantasy PC88 Dungeon crawl[18]
1984 Do Dutchwives Dream of Electric Eels?
(Oranda Tsuma wa Denki Unagi no Yume o Miru ka?
(オランダ妻は電気ウナギの夢を見るか?)
Koei Koei Modern PC88
PC98
Adventure-RPG
Eroge[19]
1984 Dragon Buster
(ドラゴンバスター)
Namco Namco Fantasy Arcade
PC88
MSX
NES
Action RPG[20]
Dungeon crawl[21]
Series debuts.
1984 Dragon Slayer
(ドラゴンスレイヤー)
Nihon Falcom Nihon Falcom Fantasy PC88 Action RPG[22][23]
JRPG[23]
Series debuts.
1984 Hydlide
(ハイドライド)
T&E T&E Fantasy PC88
PC98
Action RPG[24]
JRPG[24]
Series debuts.
1984 Mugen no Shinzō
(夢幻の心臓)
Xtalsoft Xtalsoft Fantasy PC88
PC98
1984 Poibos Part 1: Dasshutsu
(ポイボス Part1 脱出)
Zat Soft Zat Soft Sci-fi FM7
PC88
PC98
X1
Top-down display.[25]
1984 Psychic City
(サイキックシティ)
HOT·B HOT·B Post-apocalyptic PC88[26]
FM7[27]
1984 Tower of Druaga, The
(ドルアーガの塔)
Namco Namco Fantasy Arcade Action RPG[23]
JRPG[23]
Series debuts.
1985 Black Onyx, The
(ザ・ブラックオニキス)
Bullet-Proof Bullet-Proof
ASCII
Fantasy FM7
MSX[28]
Dungeon crawl[16][17]
1985 Cosmic Soldier
(コズミックソルジャー)
Kogado Kogado
ASCII
Sci-Fi MSX2[28]
PC88[29]
Dungeon crawl[29]
Eroge[29]
1985 Courageous Perseus
(カレイジアスペルセウス)
Cosmos computer Cosmos computer Fantasy MSX[28] Action RPG
1985 Do Dutchwives Dream of Electric Eels?
(Oranda Tsuma wa Denki Unagi no Yume o Miru ka?)
(オランダ妻は電気ウナギの夢を見るか?)
KOEI KOEI Fantasy FM7 (Port) Eroge[30]
1985 Dragon Slayer
(ドラゴンスレイヤー)
Nihon Falcom Square Fantasy MSX[28] Action RPG[22][23]
1985 Dragon Slayer II: Xanadu
(ザナドゥ)
Nihon Falcom Nihon Falcom Fantasy PC88
PC98
Action RPG[31]
1985 Earth Fighter Rayieza, The
(Chikyū Senshi Raīza)
(地球戦士ライーザ)
Enix Enix Sci-Fi PC88
FM7
X1
MSX
Action RPG
1985 Fantasian Xtalsoft Xtalsoft Fantasy PC88
X1
Dungeon crawl
1985 Fharanx
(ファランクス)
Enix Enix Fantasy MSX[28] Computer-style RPG[32]
1985 Genesis: Beyond The Revelation
(Genesis)
(ジェネシス)
Square Square Post-apocalyptic PC88[33][34]
1985 Hydlide
(ハイドライド)
T&E T&E Fantasy MSX[28]
MSX2[28]
Action RPG[24]
1985 Hydlide II: Shine of Darkness
(ハイドライド II)
T&E T&E Fantasy PC88 Action RPG[24]
1985 Lizard
(リザード)
Microcabin Xtalsoft Fantasy MSX[28]
FM7
X1
1985 Marchen Veil
(メルヘンヴェール)
Alu Corp. System Sacom Modern PC88
PC98
MSX
MSX2
FM7
Action RPG[35]
1985 Outroyd
(アウトロイド)
Stratford Computer Center MagicalZoo Sci-Fi MSX[28]
1985 Rambo
(ランボー)
Pack-In-Video Pack-In-Video Modern MSX[28] Action RPG[36]
1985 Screamer, The Magical Zoo Magical Zoo Post-apocalyptic
Survival horror
PC88
PC98
Action RPG[37]
Role-playing shooter[37][38]
1985 Tower of Druaga, The
(ドルアーガの塔)
Namco Namco Fantasy NES
MSX
X68
Action RPG[39]
JRPG[23]
Port of The Tower of Druaga for the Arcade.
1985 Tritorn Sein-soft Sein-soft Fantasy PC88
X1
Action RPG[40]
1985 Zeta 2000
(ゼータ 2000)
Pixel Multimedia Pixel Multimedia MSX[28] Action RPG[41][42]

1986 to 1987[edit | edit source]

Year Title Developer Publisher Setting Platform Subgenre Series/Notes COO
1986 Aspic: Madao no Noroi
(アスピック)
XTALSOFT XTALSOFT Fantasy FM7
PC60
X1
Computer-style RPG[43] Sequel to Lizard for MSX. JP
1986 Black Onyx II, The
(ブラックオニキス II)
Bullet-Proof ASCII Fantasy MSX[28] Dungeon crawl[44] JP
1986 Dark Sider) City Factory City Factory Fantasy MSX[45] JRPG
Eroge[45]
JP
1986 Deadly Towers
(Mashou)
(魔鐘)
Irem Broderbund
Irem
Fantasy NES[46] Action RPG[47] JP
1986 Deep Dungeon: Madō Senki
(ディープダンジョン 魔洞戦記)
HummingBird DOG Fantasy FDS[48] Dungeon crawl JP
1986 Dragon Warrior
(Dragon Quest)
(ドラゴンクエスト)
Chunsoft Enix
Nintendo
Fantasy NES[46]
PC98
MSX[28]
JRPG[49] Series debuts. JP
1986 Ganso Saiyuuki: Super Monkey Dai Bouken
(元祖西遊記 スーパーモンキー大冒険}}
VAP Fantasy NES[46] Action RPG[50] Based on the novel Journey to the West JP
1986 Haja no Fuuin
(覇邪の封印)
Kogado ASCII Fantasy FM7
PC88
JRPG[51] JP
1986 Hydlide
(Hydlide Special)
(ハイドライドスペシャル)
T&E FCI, Inc..
Tohiba EMI
Fantasy NES[46] (Remake) Action RPG[24] Series debuts. JP
1986 Hydlide II: Shine of Darkness
(ハイドライド II)
T&E T&E Fantasy FM7 (Port)
MSX[28] (Port)
Action RPG[24] JP
1986 Super Rambo Special
(スーパーランボースペシャル)
Pack-In-Video Pack-In-Video Modern MSX2[28] Action RPG[36] JP
1986 Super Tritorn
(スーパートリトーン)
XAIN
Sein
XAIN
Sein
MSX2[28] Action RPG[52] JP
1986 Thunder Bolt
(サンダーボルト)
Pixel Multimedia Pixel Multimedia MSX[28] Action RPG Sequel to Zeta 2000 for MSX. JP
1986 Tritorn
(Triton)
(トリトーン)
XAIN
Sein
XAIN
Sein
MSX[28] Action RPG[53] JP
1986 Valkyrie no Bōken: Toki no Kagi Densetsu
(ワルキューレの冒険 時の鍵伝説)
Namco Namco Fantasy NES[46] Action RPG[54] JP
1986 WiBArm
(WiBArm)
(ウィバーン)
Arsys Software) Arsys Software
Brøderbund
Sci-Fi PC88
DOS (Port)
Action RPG[55] JP
1986 Zaider: Battle Of Peguss
(超戦士ザイダーバトルオブペガス)
Cosmos Computer Cosmos Computer Sci-Fi MSX[28] JP
1987 Artelius
(アルテリオス)
Nihon Bussan Nihon Bussan Fantasy NES[46] Action RPG[50] JP
1987 AshGuine
(伝説の聖戦士アシュギーネ)
Bit² Panasoft MSX2[28] JP
1987 AshGuine Story II
(アシュギーネ虚空の牙城)
T&E Soft Panasoft MSX2[28] JP
1987 AshGuine Story III
(アシュギーネ復讐の炎)
Microcabin Panasoft MSX2[28] JP
1987 Black Onyx, The
(ザ・ブラックオニキス)
Bullet-Proof Sega Fantasy SG1K[56] Dungeon crawl[16][17] The original release is often considered one of Japan's first RPGs.[17] JP
1987 Borfesu and Five Evil Spirits
(Borfes and the Five Demons)
(ボルフェスと5人の悪魔)
XtalSoft XtalSoft MSX[28] Action RPG[57] JP
1987 Cleopatra no Mahou
(クレオパトラの魔宝)
Square Square FDS[48] JP
1987 Deep Forest
(ディープフォレスト)
Xain Xain MSX2[58] Action RPG[59] JP
1987 Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei
(デジタル・デビル物語 女神転生)
Atlus Namco Fantasy NES[46] Dungeon crawl[60] Series debuts. JP
1987 Dragon Slayer II: Xanadu
(ザナドゥ)
Nihon Falcom Sony Fantasy MSX[28]
MSX2[28]
Action RPG[31] JP
1987 Dragon Warrior II
(Dragon Quest II Akuryo no Kamigami)
(ドラゴンクエストII 悪霊の神々)
Chunsoft Enix Fantasy NES[46] JRPG[49] JP
1987 Esper Dream
(エスパードリーム)
Konami Konami Fantasy FDS[48] Action RPG Series debuts. JP
1987 Faxanadu
(ファザナドゥ)
Falcom Hudson Soft
Nintendo
Fantasy NES[46] Action RPG[50][54] Spin-off of the Dragon Slayer series. JP
1987 Final Fantasy
(ファイナルファンタジー)
Square Square
Nintendo
Fantasy NES[46] JRPG[61] Series debuts. JP
1987 Gate Of Labyrinth
(迷宮への扉)
Radio Wave Newspaper Publisher Company Radio Wave Newspaper Publisher Company MSX[28] JP
1987 Gegege no Kitarou 2: Youkai Gundan no Chousen
(ゲゲゲの鬼太郎2 妖怪軍団の挑戦}}
Bandai Fantasy NES[46] [62] Sequel to Platform game GeGeGe no Kitaro - Youkai Dai Makyou for NES; based on the manga GeGeGe no Kitarou JP
1987 Getsu Fūma Den
(月風魔伝)
Konami Konami Fantasy NES[46] Action RPG[50] JP
1987 Ginga no Sannin
(銀河の三人)
Nintendo Nintendo Sci-fi NES[46] (Port) aka The Earth Fighter Rayieza JP
1987 Golvellius
(魔王ゴルベリアス)
Compile Compile Fantasy MSX[28] Action RPG[63] JP
1987 Hydlide 3: The Space Memories
(ハイドライド 3)
T&E T&E Fantasy MSX[28]
MSX2[28]
Action RPG[24]
JP
1987 Hydlide Bronze Pack
(ハイドライドブロンズバック)
T&E T&E Fantasy MSX[28] (Comp) Action RPG[24] Comp of Hydlide II and 3 for MSX. JP
1987 Indora no Hikari
(インドラの光)
Kemco Kemco Fantasy NES[46] JP
1987 Jagur: Golden Triangle
(Jagur 5)
(ジャガー5)
Compile Hudson Soft Modern MSX[64] Action RPG / Shmup hybrid[65] JP
1987 Jikuu Yuten: Debias
(時空勇伝デビアス)
Now Production Namco NES[46] JP
1987 Kalin no Tsurugi
(Sword of Kalin)
(カリーンの剣)
XTALSOFT DOG Fantasy FDS[48] Action RPG[66] JP
1987 King Kong 2: Yomigaeru Densetsu
(キングコング 2)
Konami Konami MSX2[28] Action RPG JP
1987 Kyonshis 2
(キョンシーズ2)
Taito Taito NES[46] JP
1987 Legacy of the Wizard
(Dragon Slayer IV: Drasle Family)
(ドラゴンスレイヤーIVドラスレファミリー)
Nihon Falcom Nihon Falcom
Namco
Broderbund
Fantasy MSX[28]
NES[46]
Action RPG[67] Sequel to Dragon Slayer Jr: Romancia. JP
1987 Les Chevaliers du Zodiaque: La Legende d'Or
(Saint Seiya: Ougon Densetsu)
(聖闘士星矢 黄金伝説)
Bandai Bandai Fantasy NES[46] RPG / Fighting game hybrid[68] Based on the manga Saint Seiya. JP
1987 Magic of Scheherazade, The
(Arabian Dream Scheherazade)
(アラビアン・ドリーム シェラザード)
Culture Brain Culture Brain Fantasy NES[46] Action RPG[50][54] JP
1987 Märchen Veil 1
(メルヘンヴェールI)
System Sacom
SunSoft
System Sacom
SunSoft
FDS[48]
MSX[28]
MSX2[28]
Action RPG JP
1987 Mashou no Yakata Gabalin
(魔性の館ガバリン)
Pony Canyon Pony Canyon MSX Action RPG JP
1987 Minelvaton Saga: Ragon no Fukkatsu
(ミネルバトンサーガ ラゴンの復活)
Taito Taito NES[46] Action RPG JP
1987 Miracle Warriors: Seal of the Dark Lord
(Haja no Fuin)
(覇邪の封印)
Kogado Kogado
Sega
ASCII
Fantasy MSX[28]
MSX2[28]
NES[46]
SMS[69]
JRPG[51] JP
1987 Mirai
(未来)
Xain Xain MSX[28]
MSX2[28]
[41] JP
1987 Mirai Shinwa Jarvas
(未来神話ジャーヴァス)
Taito Taito Sci-Fi NES[46] Action RPG[70] JP
1987 Momotarou Densetsu: Peach Boy Legend
(桃太郎伝説)
Hudson Soft Hudson Soft Fantasy NES[46] JRPG[71] Series debuts. JP
1987 Outlanders
(アウトランダーズ)
Micronics VMI, Inc. Sci-Fi NES[46] Action RPG[72] JP
1987 Phantasy Star
(ファンタシースター}}
RD4 (Sega) Sega Sci-Fi SMS[69] JRPG[73] Series debuts. JP
1987 Return of Ishtar, The
(Ishitā no Fukkatsu)
(イシターの復活)
Game Studio Namco Fantasy Arcade Action RPG[74] Sequel to Tower of Druaga JP
1987 Seiken Psycho Caliber: Maju no Mori Densetsu
(聖剣サイコカリバー 魔獣の森伝説)
C-Lab Imagineer FDS[48] JP
1987 Shiryou Sensen: War of the Dead
(死霊戦線}}
Victor Music Industries Fantasy MSX2[75] Action RPG Ancestor of the survival horror subgenre.[citation needed] JP
1987 Shogun
(将軍)
Nippon Dexter Nippon Dexter MSX[28] JP
1987 Sorcerian
(ソーサリアン)
Nihon Falcom Nihon Falcom Fantasy PC88 Action RPG Fifth game in the Dragon Slayer series. JP
1988 Star Cruiser
(スタークルーザー)
Arsys Software) Arsys Software Sci-Fi PC88
GEN (Port)
Action RPG[76]
FPS/RPG[77]
JP
1987 Tengoku Yoitoko
(Heaven)
(天国よいとこ)
Taito Taito MSX2[28] Action RPG[78] JP
1987 Tir-nan-og
(ティル・ナ・ノーグ)
Alfa System Fantasy PC98 Tactical RPG Series debuts. JP
1987 Tōjin Makyō-den Hercules no Eikō
(闘人魔境伝 ヘラクレスの栄光)
Data East Data East Fantasy NES[46] JRPG[79] Series debuts. JP
1987 Ultima II: The Revenge of the Enchantress
(ウルティマII)
Pony Canyon Pony Canyon Fantasy MSX2[28] JP
1987 Ultima III: Exodus
(Ultima: Kyoufu no Exodus)
(ウルティマ ~恐怖のエクソダス~)
Pony Canyon FCI
Pony Canyon
Origin
Fantasy NES[46]
MSX2[28]
JP
1987 Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
(ウルティマIV)
Pony Canyon Pony Canyon
Origin
Fantasy MSX2[28]
NES
JP
1987 Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord Sting
Game
ASCII
Nexoft
Sir-Tech
Fantasy NES[46]
MSX2[28]
Dungeon crawl JP
1987 Woody Poko
(うっでいぽこ)
DB Soft DB Soft Fantasy NES[46]
1987 Yaksa
(ヤシャ)
Wolfteam Wolfteam MSX2[28] JP
1987 Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished
(イースI)
Nihon Falcom Nihon Falcom Fantasy MSX2[28] Action RPG[80] Series debuts. JP
1987 Yūshi no Monshō: Deep Dungeon
(勇士の紋章 ディープダンジョン)
HummingBird DOG Fantasy FDS[48] Dungeon crawl Second game in the series JP
1987 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
(ゼルダの伝説 (パート) 2 リンクの冒険)
Nintendo Nintendo Fantasy FDS[48]
NES[46]
Action RPG[54] Sequel to action-adventure game The Legend of Zelda. JP
1987 Zeliard
(ゼリアード)
Game Arts Game Arts
Sierra
Fantasy DOS
PC88
Action RPG / Platform hybrid[81] JP
1987 Zoids: Chuuou Tairiku no Tatakai
(ゾイド 中央大陸の戦い}}
Toshiba EMI NES[46] Series debuts
Based on the Zoids toy line.
JP
1987 Zombie Hunter
(ゾンビハンター)
Hi-Score Media Work Hi-Score Media Work NES[46] JP
1987 Zukkoke Yajikita Onmitsudoutyuu
(ずっこけやじきた隠密道中)
HAL Laboratory HAL Laboratory MSX2[28] JP

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