WRPG on DS?

#1 Posted by sarahsdad (1038 posts) -

Are there any sort of old-school RPG games on the DS? I'm thinking of an Icewind Dale, dungeon crawly game. I'd like to avoid big overworld maps with random monster encounters, if possible.

#2 Posted by Animasta (14460 posts) -

not any WRPG's I'm aware of, but Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey sounds close. There isn't an overworld, really, just a bunch of dungeons. the monster encounters are kinda random, but part of the top screen glows red if you're in danger of a monster encounter.

#3 Posted by Hailinel (22720 posts) -

Games like The Dark Spire and the Etrian Odyssey series really hark back to the old 80s-era computer RPGs like Wizardry or The Bard's Tale.  The EO series even asks you to draw your own maps using the touch screen.

#4 Edited by ArbitraryWater (11019 posts) -
@Hailinel said:

" Games like The Dark Spire and the Etrian Odyssey series really hark back to the old 80s-era computer RPGs like Wizardry or The Bard's Tale.  The EO series even asks you to draw your own maps using the touch screen. "

Technically, that is valid, as those games were developed in the west. However, that was also an era where the genre really hadn't split, and a lot of Japanese RPGs still take their cues from those early games (Wizardry, for example, used to be huge in Japan, which explains why the first Phantasy Star and the early Shin Megami Tensei games are also first person dungeon crawlers.). If the original poster is into the kind of masochism that those games openly purvey, then maybe. (Personally, even as someone who plays a lot of Western RPGs, I consider that era to be kind of bullshit) However, there really aren't any true western style RPGs on the DS... unless you really want to play that Sonic RPG. Bleh. SMT: Strange Journey is probably your best bet, even if it isn't exactly what you might be looking for.
#5 Posted by sarahsdad (1038 posts) -

Thanks guys for the suggestions, I'd put a couple of the Shin Megami games (Strange Journey and Devil Summoner) in my gamefly queue yesterday, but have added Etrian Odyssey III and Dark spire today. I saw one or two of the first person rpgs, but have stayed away from adding those to my rental queue. 
 
It may sound kind of odd, but at least part of what I'm thinking of is story-lite; I don't care about being a long lost prince with no memory trying to reclaim a throne. I just want to run around a dungeon killing monsters, and stating up my characters. 
I don't mind going back to a town, but I'd rather be doing it to sell spare weapons and loot, not to be doing side quests to help find lost dogs, or etc. 
 
Thanks again for the suggestions so far

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