Dragon warrior 3, super secret?

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#1 Posted by Matt-Porter (239 posts) -

So I was just adding games to my list of owned games when I remembered dragon warrior 3 on the GBA. If you were a hardcore player of this game, you know that there were 155 medals (I believe) and you could fight the grand dragon if you got them all in gold (which takes forever). Anyway, my friend and I played this game together around middle school about 7 years ago, and he had the weirdest thing happen to him. His entire cartridge glitched out and his file was deleted. He could start a new game, but never save. Here's the weird part, his medal book became odd characters (japanese probably) and he had 99 of EVERY single medal in the game, and more. That's right, he had medals that did not exist in the game, the descriptions were all jumbled and not in english, perhaps just symbols, perhaps japanese, I don't know. These monster medals were on a seperate list that appeared on his glitched cartridge that did not exist on my game (which was 100% completed according to everything I've ever read). This is the odd part, these monster medals appeared to be monsters from dragon warrior 4, we spotted the first boss you fight in 4 in the first chapter, and many other normal enemies. Perhaps dragon warrior 3 on GBA was going to be dragon warrior 3 & 4 like they did with 1 & 2 and they couldn't fit it all and just left the monster medal data? Anyway, I've NEVER heard of anybody else with this information or anyone who has ever seen it, so I just thought I would ask here. I'll try and get him to find his old cartridge and upload some photos of these medals, but for now just discuss.

#2 Posted by MAILER_DAEMON (45906 posts) -
Well, Dragon Warrior 3 was on Game Boy Color. I have no idea what the deal was the corrupted data, but at the time, Dragon Warrior IV was being remade for PS1. I still have that game,and I've never seen anything about corrupted data.
#3 Posted by Matt-Porter (239 posts) -
I know, that's the odd part. I've checked google, wiki, everything, nothing ever comes up, no forum posts, not a single person has mentioned it. Again it was on his Game boy color, not the NES. I myself never saw anything on medals from 4 being in the game either, I had every single medal in gold and beat the grand dragon to get that sword that lets you use thordain when it's used as an item. Also, he could trade the messed up medals to me, and it added the glitched out option on the medal menu to view them, so the data is definitely in the game, it's just incompleted. I'll work on getting him to go find his copy and post some screen shots, I'm eager to learn more about this, it would be pretty cool to know they were thinking of putting DR4 on the gameboy color and nobody ever released the information.
#4 Posted by Eye_agree (366 posts) -

I know, that's the odd part. I've checked google, wiki, everything, nothing ever comes up, no forum posts, not a single person has mentioned it. Again it was on his Game boy color, not the NES. I myself never saw anything on medals from 4 being in the game either, I had every single medal in gold and beat the grand dragon to get that sword that lets you use thordain when it's used as an item. Also, he could trade the messed up medals to me, and it added the glitched out option on the medal menu to view them, so the data is definitely in the game, it's just incompleted. I'll work on getting him to go find his copy and post some screen shots, I'm eager to learn more about this, it would be pretty cool to know they were thinking of putting DR4 on the gameboy color and nobody ever released the information.Matt-Porter

Greetings. I stumbled into this board, but I hope I can be of some help. Enix had planned to make a compilation of 3 + 4, just like 1 + 2. This (sadly) never came to fruition, since 4 was (as previously mentioned) being ported to the SNES, making an inferior version a poor decision. The old vets (now long gone/gone to other boards) used to answer this question about once every 2 months. I just lurked here back then; didn't even know it ws free to join, or I would've. There's actually a code to cause this beneficially, and I was trying to find it again. That's how I landed here. Hope it was helpful.

#5 Posted by Rej72380 (545 posts) -

TC, what actually caused this complete save file meltdown was that cheat devices were used on the actual copies of the game have were save along with the progress and Monster Medal counts. This caused the coding in the game cartridge to be permanently altered, thus causing the corrupted save data and glitchy Monster Medal lists.

Personally, I'm very fortunate to have my save data intact.

#6 Posted by Eye_agree (366 posts) -

TC, what actually caused this complete save file meltdown was that cheat devices were used on the actual copies of the game have were save along with the progress and Monster Medal counts. This caused the coding in the game cartridge to be permanently altered, thus causing the corrupted save data and glitchy Monster Medal lists.

Personally, I'm very fortunate to have my save data intact.

Rej72380

While that can (and all too often does) happen, it is far, far more likely that your internal battery is failing. Have you ever left the lights on in the car? You try to start, and every once in a while, it surges and seems like it'll start? The internal battery here does the same thing, surging and corrupting your data, which it then (under the new-found strength of the surge) saves. Now, you can't reverse it with an opposite pulse, because the battery can't randomly fire in the perfect opposite way. There is a sticky on one of the Pokemon boards about changing the battery. I hope that all helps you. Let me know if you can't find it; I might know a guy who saved it on hard drive.

#7 Posted by Video_Game_King (27545 posts) -
I'm guessing they were going to add certain features or monsters at some point in the game, but didn't have the time to put it in completely, so they just kept it out of sight. Common practice in game programming.