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Dragon 32/64

In August 1982 The Welsh had a stab at the video game market industry  with the hit , Dragon 32 and Dragon 64 . Theses are home computers that were built  by Dragon Data, Ltd., in Port Talbot, Wales, and for the US market by Tano of New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • CPU: Motorola MC6809E
  • Memory: 32/64KB RAM
  • Video: MC6847 VDG (Video Display Generator)

The model numbers reflect the  difference between machines having  32 and 64 KB RAM. An advanced 8-bit CPU design, having, among, limited 16-bit capabilities The Dragon was sort lived due to its graphical capabilities, and suffered  to contemporary machines such as the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and BBC Micro.

The Dragon Also Had some peripherals that you could get for the machine to enhance interactivity and game play :

                     Light pen interactive        

5 ” Floppy drive                            Dragon  joystick                         Light pen interactive                       Dust Cover

 

Reception

The Dragon was reasonably well supported by the major UK software companies with versions of popular games from other systems being ported to the Dragon. Examples of top selling games available for the Dragon include Arcadia (Imagine), Chuckie Egg (A&F), Manic Miner and sequel Jet Set Willy (Software Projects), Hunchback (Ocean) and Football Manager (Addictive). There were also companies that concentrated on the Dragon such as Microdeal. Their character Cuthbert appeared in several games on the Dragon being converted for Atari 8-bit and Commodore 64 systems. However, Microdeal continued supporting the Dragon until January 1988. Giving the console a great life span considering that it out lasted other console life spans by big hit companies IE: Attari , Sega and Nintendo in the 90’s / 20, Making the console a gem in the era when the video game industry was taking bit hit down stream.

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Magazines issues

Magazines was also released  in the UK and Spain that ended  as late as 1992.

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There were also many official books that were made for the British and Spanish Market . Hope you enjoyed my little shout to the Dragon 64 .I was quite buzzed that o found out that we took a shot at the console wars in the 80’s . If you have any further info on this console yourself please comment below thanks .

if you like further info there is a dedicated page by  ” World of Dragon” link provided .

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