This month celebrates one of the more obscure RPG franchises out there. The Glory of Heracles, or Heracles no Eiko, series started way back on the Famicom. Tojin Makyo Den: Heracles no Eiko launched on June 12, 1987. It’s a simple little Dragon Quest type RPG based on Greek mythology. True to its name it follows the exploits of Heracles, or as he’s more commonly known in the Roman sense, Hercules. That’s only the case for the first and Game Boy game however. For the rest of the series he becomes a supporting cast member more or less, but the emphasis throughout is still based on Greek mythology.
Speaking of other entries it’s important to note that only one game of six ever left Japan. That was Glory of Heracles, which released on the DS in 2010 in North America. It’s also worth mentioning that this was the last entry in the series as well and the first in almost two decades. Needless to say it was a weird series for Data East to make, but one still worth preserving in the annals of our industry. A dedicated group of fans even translated some of them, which I go into more with the accompanying video retrospective. There’s also a list below of the games and their release dates. Happy 30th Anniversary to Glory of Heracles and enjoy!
Glory of Heracles Series
- Tojin Makyo Den: Heracles no Eiko (6/12/87 NES)
- Heracles no Eiko II: Titan no Metsubo (12/23/89 NES)
- Heracles no Eiko III: Kamigami no Chinmoku (4/24/92 SNES)
- Heracles no Eiko: Ugokidashita Kamigami (12/27/92 GB)
- Heracles no Eiko IV: Kamigami kara no Okurimono (10/21/94 SNES)
- Glory of Heracles (5/22/08 JP & 1/18/10 NA DS)