Like Capcom’s Saturn Dungeons & Dragons Games? You’ll Dig Dragon’s Crown

By Spencer . June 8, 2011 . 5:52pm


Dragon’s Crown is a successor to the Dungeons & Dragons games Capcom used to develop for arcades and which were later ported to Sega Saturn. That’s how Dragon’s Crown was described to me when I met with Ignition’s Shane Bettenhausen. Both games are conveyer belt action titles, Bettenhausen stated.


I think Vanillaware’s game has more style, though, but that’s merely my opinion. First announced on Siliconera, Dragon’s Crown is for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3. There will be connectivity between the two versions, but Ignition didn’t go into details.


Something else that may not have been clear is Ignition is not localizing Dragon’s Crown. This is not a licensed game; Ignition owns the intellectual property. Development started from a direct relationship with Vanillaware, creators of Grand Knights History and Muramasa: The Demon Blade.


Ignition will release Dragon’s Crown in North America, Europe, and Japan in spring 2012.

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  • Hopefully we’ll see Grand Knights History over here too!

    • d19xx

      Ditto. I also hope it’s within this year, if it’s ever gets released outside Jp.

  • super hot, day one

  • Lol, I’m super slow, only now I get that the Amazon has “bunny ears”!!! That makes her 200% more delicious!~

    • mikanko

      Maybe that’s part of the games customization features, so hopefully there’ll be usagimimi for everyone

    • Exkaiser

      What “bunny ears”? She has two feathers stuck on one side of her hair.

      • That’s why I put it in quotes. In 2D it ends up practically being the same~

  • Exand

    I used to play D&D Shadow over Mystara all the time in the arcades because I could play for a long time with just one credit lol. Really looking forward to this.

  • PrinceHeir

    amazing stuff :D

    we need more people supporting Vanillaware :P

  • maxchain

    I’ll buy anything whose articles name-drop both “Vanillaware” and “Sega Saturn” in them.  That’s all there is to it.

  • z_merquise

    After seeing Dragon’s Crown, the old interview by Gamasutra with George Kamitani comes in my mind. Kamitani once said that he would like to create an online 2D beat-em-up game like the Korean MMO game Dungeon Fighter Online (which was actually inspired from Capcom’s Dungeons and Dragons: Tower of Doom, a game Kamitani directed when he was still at Capcom):

    “Gamasutra: Have you ever played Dungeon Fighter Online?

    GK: I haven’t heard of that one. Is it recent?

    Gamasutra: Two or three years old. It’s a Korean MMO similar to Capcom’s Advanced Dungeons & Dragons from the arcade. It’s very popular in Korea and it’s getting launched in America now. It’s a side-scrolling 2D MMO.

    GK: Oh! You mean Arad Senki [the title in Japan]! Oh, yeah, I’ve played that. It’s pretty safe to say that if we did a net game, it might look something like that.

    Gamasutra: It seems very natural for Vanillaware.

    GK: Definitely. If I had a chance, I’d love to make something that surpassed that game.

    Seeing Dragon’s Crown now, I think they already did surpass not just Dungeon Fighter but every side-scrolling beat-em-up games right now.

    Here’s the link for the interview if you’re interested (it was published years ago but it was still a very good read):

    • d19xx

      Never had the chance to play dungeon fighter. Now that Dragon’s Crown is looming in the horizon, I doubt I ever will.

  • mikanko

    Is there any word on whether the PS3 will be compatible with the PSV ver. of the game similar with the online mode in Wipeout 2048? 

    I’d ask if there’s any chance buying the game for PS3 would work on both, but I’m afraid I already know the answer to that one. ><

  • mikanko

    Rumor is Vanillaware has employees that used to work for Capcom in the 90’s, so it’s possible this “inspiration” is more or less their old game.

    • z_merquise

      Actually, George Kamitani did work at Capcom. Dungeons and Dragons: Tower of Doom is the game he directed. I wasn’t sure if he was involved in the sequel, Shadows of Mystara.

      • mikanko

        Google says he worked on Mystara as well.  Be interesting to know how many of their other employees might be Capcom alums.

        Now that I think about it I seem to remember the selling point Princess Crown had was involvement from the DnD people. Hard to remember original selling points to games from the late nineties.

        • Shadow_Raskolnik

          In one of his early interviews after the development of Odin Sphere he did state that he got many of his collegues together to start up Vanillaware. I think back then he said they had about 15 or so employees.

  • ninjaonizuka

    isnt there suppose to be customization? if so i think it wud be kool to have sum sort of costume to make ur character look like kisuke from muramasa i luv tht game T~T all i want is another one v.v

  • Bigest suprise from E3, cant wait to play it.
    I dont get why all the others sites are ‘ignoring’ it

  • Scallion

    I’m gonna actually pay money for this one. I have a huge digi-boner for the arcade D&D games (played them in Wal-Marts and skating rinks… Arcades died off fast over here), and playing them years later on Final Burn with a couple of friends piled on the couch in front of a TV was awesome.

    …Here’s hoping they spring for PSVs, too–and hopefully the online component is handled well.

  • Will it be a PSN title or a full physical release?

  • 5parrowhawk

    Is it just me, or is the thief in that screenshot ninja’ing the loot?

  • d19xx

    This game reminds me a lot of Shadow Over Mysteria, specially when I saw the wizard, I thought he looked a lot like the the Wizard from that game(Syous). Though I prefer using the thief(Moriya)…

    • If there is anything vaguely resembling magic missile spellwise, they had damn well better stop time and yell it loudly before doing the casting animation. . .

      • d19xx

        lol yeah, I love those brief pauses in the game. For tough games like D&DSOM those pauses never bothered the other players, I actually feel relieved that someone’s doing some damage.

  • That wasn’t nice guys. =( I saw mention of the old D&D arcade games and my heart skipped a beat thinking there might be news of a port/remake. Then i finished reading the subject. Oh well. At least i have more reason to look forward to Dragon’s Crown now.

  • “Something else that may not have been clear is Ignition is not localizing Dragon’s Crown. This is not a licensed game; Ignition owns the intellectual property.”

    That was unexpected. Does that mean there’s no Japanese publisher, release date, or Japanese dub cast (to be clear, I like English dubbing just as much)?

  • HarryHodd

    Everything I read about this makes me more hyped. Great that a sleeper like this gets announced during E3.

  • raymk

    This game is amazing and I really want it like NOW!!! I just need a release date and i’m all set to give them my money. 

  • capristrider

    WOW, Now I can see Dragon’s Crown is successor to Capcom’s D&D games. I am a big fan of the originals. This game is now on my radar.

  • remember how how hot the thief/rouge was in DND2 ?

    shes wore red a hood and had huge jugs !

    This game is going to be amazing!

  • ThunderGod_Cid

    Definitely preordering this for the PS3.
    I see no reason to buy a PSVita, when it’s big brother will have the same exact game.

  • Strawberry_Pancakes

    You can pre-order this on Amazon. Both ps3/vita are both 29.99. I’m not sure if thats the full price or the difference between the two. Judging from the rest of the vita games on amazon and gamestop for pre-order  are 40.00.

    Vita: a price guarantee as well. No harm in pre-ordering. :) Can’t wait for this game!

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