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Madou Monogatari 1-2-3
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Boxart of Madou Monogatari 1-2-3 (MSX)
DeveloperCompile
PublishersCompile (MSX2/PC98), D4 Enterprise (Windows XP/Vista)
PlatformsMSX2, PC98
Players1 player
Release dateMSX2
Japan June 15, 1990

PC98

Japan November 23, 1991

Windows XP and Vista (MSX2)

Japan September 1, 2008

Madou Monogatari 1-2-3 is a dark dungeon crawler for the MSX, PC98, and Sega Game Gear starring Arle Nadja.

Madou Monogatari I

Madou Monogatari I: Three Magic Spheres
DeveloperCompile
PublisherSega
PlatformsGame Gear
Players1 player
Release dateJapan December 3, 1993

Young six-year old Arle must complete a test by scaling a large tower, collecting three magic speheres, and destroying Cockatrice(who is not present in PC98) and Fudoushi (Mamono in the MSX version) so she can graduate from kindergarten. In the Gamegear version, Camus will appear now and either helping you(such as teaching Arle "Bayeon") or slowing down your quest(by taking one of the magic spheres if the game has been played for over three hours).

Just before the final boss, Fudoushi/Mamono tricks Arle into seeing a mirage of the exit of the tower and her classmates turning into hideous creatures with their faces melting and eyes leaking out terrifying her. Arle defeats him and exits afraid that her friends would be terrible creatures, but they appear normal.

In the Gamegear version, there is more than one ending in the game if you heal Camus. He appears in the fight with Fudoushi, handing Arle a pair of Dragon Horns to heal her stamina and magic. Camus attempt to take down Fudoushi, but is smacked away into a wall by his old magic. Once he is defeated, Arle checks to see where Camus went, as he vanished. Falling from the tower's top floor and landing, she figures out that Camus was simply an illusion created by Teacher.

The chapter ends with her graduating and showing her, over the years, growing up.

The game, along with its two sequels, was originally released for the MSX and PC98 in 1990 and 1991 respectively. There are major differences between the two versions, with the biggest difference being the final boss; Mamomo in the MSX version, and Fudoushi in the PC98 release. The PC98 version also has significantly darker graphics and different enemies, and more realistic enemy designs.

In 1996 it was re-released for the PC Engine Arcade CD as Madou Monogatari I Honoo No Sotsuenji, with a complete graphical overhaul, an animated opening, and full voice acting - even the battle messages were voiced. Despite being based off of the PC98 version, it has several spells not seen in other versions of the game. Also in 1996, the game was remade for the Sega Mega Drive. This version is much brighter, and the tower's layout is significantly different. It also has a completely different battle system. Camus's role was also expanded, and some new characters were added. This is also the only version of the game where the scene with Arle's classmates melting is not in the game..

Madou Monogatari II

Madou Monogatari II
DeveloperCompile
PublisherCompile (MSX2), Sega (Game Gear)
PlatformsMSX2 (Episode II Carbuncle), Game Gear (16-Year-Old Arle)
Players1 player
Release dateMSX2
Japan November 7, 1989

Game Gear

Japan May 20, 1994

Madou Monogatari 2, also known as "EPISODE II: CARBUNCLE," was the most popular of the three games and also the first one created. It takes place eleven years later than the first one. Arle is sixteen now. When she encounters Schezo Wegey, he says "I want you," which became a running gag ever since. In the Gamegear version, Lynx lures Arle to Schezo, showing how they encountered.

Arle is warped to a dungeon and most of her powers are gone. She tricks demon guards with sex appeal and snatches the key escaping.(In the Gamegear version, there's a dead body in one of the prison rooms that frightens Arle. Implying that she would have the same fate if she stayed any longer in Schezo's Dungeon)

In the PC98 and Gamegear version, she fights Dark Dragon before Schezo, who gets burnt to a crisp and shrinks, leaving his dead skin behind. She meets a small bird, Miilu, who tells her about a mystical jewel deep within Lyla's Ruins.

She sees light of the exit but Schezo notices her escaping and fights her. In the PC98 version, Schezo is decapitated but the bloody head manages to attack still. After you defeat him, he passes on and you don't see him again (except in the Gamegear version where you meet him again a few times.)

In the PC98 version, after you defeat Schezo, you fight a rotting test body which is connected to the walls of the exit. After Arle escapes, she sees the old ruins and decides to investigate it. Throughout the game she finds letters on the ground, apparently they were addressed to Satan from Rulue.

Before Arle can reach the final floor, she most collect three colored stones and place them inside the Carbuncle-shaped room. Afterwards, she meets Satan, who finds her beautiful and wants to marry her (Schezo appears for a short time in the cutscene of the Game Gear version, and Satan doesn't have his horns and wings.) She fights Satan and defeats the unholy one himself (Pigra also will appear and heal you if you pay him before the battle.)

The games ends with Arle meeting Carbuncle, who has the jewel Miilu spoke of inside of his head. Rather than taking it out of his head, she befriends him, Carbuncle quickly trusts her and they leave Lyla's Ruins.

Madou Monogatari III

Madou Monogatari III: Ultimate Queen
DeveloperCompile
PublisherSega
PlatformsGame Gear
Players1 player
Release dateJapan December 30, 1994

The game takes place not too long after Madou Monogatari 2. Rulue recognizes Carbuncle, highly upset and thinking that Satan chose to marry Arle. Arle is clueless about her jealousy and thus takes her casually, but Rulue summons Minotauros to chase her into a forest.

Arle manages to escape out of the forest dungeon but her hands are torn and bloody due to frostbite caused by overusing 'Ice Storm'. She finds a pharmacy in town and requests the merchant for medicine that can rid of the frostbite. However, he tells her that the raw materials to make it are in Mokemoe Labyrinth, which has recently been rampant with monsters. Rulue sends Minotaur to fight Arle, but Arle defeats him, ending the game.

This plot-point was entirely removed in the Gamegear version and replaced with an entirely different story. A frog follows Arle around on her adventure, you get a new pink armor along with a powerful staff, fight an Egyptian Guardian, Carbuncle gets sick, Arle travels to space to cure him, Minotauros is only the third boss, and Rulue is the final boss instead.

After Arle defeats them, she figures out that Rulue was the one who had unleashed monsters throughout Mokemoe Labyrinth. Rulue claims that the area belonged to her and that the townspeople were roughing it up. Arle continues to object that people cannot gain the raw materials, and Rulue shows no care for it. Instead Rulue tries to make a deal, that she goes to the same Magic School as Arle and learn to be a wonderful mage and impress Satan.

Agreeing to the deal, Rulue orders Minotauros to get up and prepare to leave. Arle's frostbite is cured and says "Two dogs and two men, were heading to the Magic School". As she, Rulue, Minotauros, and Carbuncle look in one direction. Thus ending the trilogy.

In the Gamegear version, though, Rulue still is angered by her defeat. But the frog appears, turns out to be Satan this whole time, appears and tells them that he wants Arle as his wife and everything was a plan of his. They both send him flying, unimpressed and annoyed. The ending remains the same except without Carbuncle and Minotauros. This version has gotten notable backlash from both english and japanese Madou Monogatari fans for it's art-style and changing to story far too much.

Enemies

Madou Monogatari I

Madou Monogatari II

Madou Monogatari III

Bosses

Madou Monogatari I

Madou Monogatari II

Madou Monogatari III

Friendly Characters