Dragon’s Lair Trilogy, a compilation of three classic laserdisc games, will hit the Nintendo eShop on January 17, 2019.
Dragon’s Lair Trilogy features Dragon’s Lair, Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp, and Space Ace, three titles that were smash hits in arcades of the ’80s and ’90s. Using laserdisc technology, all of these games showed vastly superior graphics compared to others of their time and were animated by Don Bluth, director of a number of classic films, including An American Tail, The Land Before Time, and Anastasia.
Each of the three games in Dragon’s Lair Trilogy plays like an interactive cartoon. Gameplay is exclusively limited to quick time events, which requires the player to make inputs shortly after on-screen prompts appear. Failure to do so will result in a game-ending event, often death, which shows a unique animation and resumes gameplay at a previous checkpoint.
In Dragon’s Lair, the player takes on the role of Dirk the Daring, a knight attempting to rescue Princess Daphne from an evil dragon. That dragon, Singe, has locked the princess in the castle of a wizard named Mordroc.
Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp takes place years later, when Dirk has married Daphne. Now with children, Daphne is again kidnapped by Mordroc and Dirk seeks out to save her.
Space Ace is a completely different story where the main character, Dexter (or “Ace”), is on a mission to stop Commander Borg from attacking the Earth with his Infanto Ray. The game introduces selectable skill levels and branching paths through several scenes, rather than the usual two-pronged outcome.
Dragon’s Lair Trilogy and its three individual games have been ported across dozens of platforms and consoles over the years, but Nintendo Switch owners can finally get their hands on this masterpiece collection on Thursday. Although the compilation’s price on the Switch has yet to be revealed, the PlayStation 4 release is USD$19.99.