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Dragon's Lair Trilogy on the Nintendo Switch

Updated 9 November 2019


As avid retrogamers, we have our fingers crossed for a full-scale revival of the Dragon' Lair laserdisc series, and most other series that Digital Leasure released over the years. The animated style is both quirky and attractive and makes a good break from the 4k realtime render of high-performance gaming rigs. The gameplay in Dragon's Lair is the the beating heart of what makes retrogaming so great. The physical edition by Limited Run also has some goodies to share.

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Dragon's Lair trilogy comes out on the Nintendo Switch

This is amazing news for avid gamers. The Dragon's Lair trilogy has been released on the Nintendo Switch. Much has been written about retro-gaming on the Nintendo Switch but it is amazing to see that this old classic is coming out. The Dragon's Lair Trilogy has been available for digital download since January 2019. We can only wonder how difficult it was to secure the licensing agreement for Dragon's Lair for the digital release.

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This release incorporates the three big laserdisc releases; Dragon's Lair, Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp, and Space Ace. Limited Run is responsible for the release. The full details can be found on Limited Run's pre-order webpage. There is both the phyical release and the collector's box Classic Edition. The publisher has stated that the Classic Edition has already sold out.

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We have many question around the useability of this release. Please don't get us wrong. We assume that the playability has been tested to meet the high standards set by other Nintendo Switch releases. It is just that we would like the cheat notes to come with the release, in the same way that the cheat notes came with the DVD release. Also, is the game remastered to the Nintendo Switch's 16:9 native form or cropped to fit? Can players switch between the 16:9 format or revert back to the original's 4:3 ratio format?

There have also been question asked about the logic of bundling Space Ace, which is a space quest game, in with a middle-ages game. Rather than delving into the technical development side of things, we like to think the series is rather like the BBC series, Black Adder. It is the same series, just set in different generations.

Otherwise, we are super-excited. We have put our money where our mouth is and placed our pre-order. The publisher states that they expect to ship this item out in September 2019.

Dragon's Lair trilogy pre-order confirmation
Our Limited Run pre-order confirmation

Limited Run Dragon's Lair II Trading Card 528

It is with great pleasure that we received a Dragon's Lair II trading card in the delivery. The card has an image of Derek, with sword in hand, fighting off a fire-breathing dragon at the top of the card. The card has 528 written on the bottom left corner. On the flip side is a single black and white limited run graphic. The stock is hard carboard with shine finish. External dimensions are approximately 8.9cm width by 6.4cm height.

Limited Run Dragon's Lair II Trading Card
Limited Run Tragon's Lair II trading card

We don't quite know what to do with this limited edition trading card. Let's face it. The two obvious questions are, (1) who would we trade cards with, and (2) what collection are we trying to build. Neither of these answers do we have solutions for. The card is still interesting and it fits nicely into the standard Nintendo Switch jewel case. It adds a touch of class to our small but loveable Dragon's Lair collection.

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