Super Don Quix-ote

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Super Don Quix-ote (スーパードンキホーテ) is a laserdisc video game released by Universal in 1984. In it, the player controls the knight Don as he attempts to rescue a princess from an evil witch.

Four in-game screenshots from Super Don Quix-ote

Super Don Quix-ote is very similar to Dragon's Lair and Space Ace. The major difference that set Super Don Quix-ote apart is an overlaid icon indicating the time and direction of each correct input, whereas all other laserdisc games at the time gave no indication of correct moves, except an occasional "flash" incorporated into the animation itself.


The game is loosely inspired by its namesake, Don Quixote, and features a heroic young knight named Don on a quest to save his love, the fair princess Isabella, who has been kidnapped by a wicked witch for human sacrifice to a demon. Don is accompanied on his travels by a donkey (based on Rocinante, the original Don Quixote's horse), and a fat little man named Sancho (based on Don Quixote's trusty sidekick Sancho Panza).

The closest parallel to the original tale is a scene in which Don fights a giant at a windmill. However, the rest of the game pits him against a mummy, a dragon, skeletons, demons, giant snakes, flying electric jellyfish, an animated totem pole, the witch's daughter, and other scenarios with no relation to the original story. The game ends when Don kills the witch and rescues Isabella, and they escape the witch's castle as it is destroyed.


In Japan, Game Machine listed Super Don Quix-ote on their December 15, 1984 issue as being the most-successful upright arcade unit of the year.[1] Computer and Video Games opined the game is not as much fun" as Space Ace, but also "a lot less frustrating."[2]

Universal System 1[edit]

Super Don Quix-ote was the first and only game released for the Universal System 1, a standardized laserdisc video game system. Several other games were planned for this cabinet, but were never released: Adventure in Middle Earth, Adventure Mr. Do!, Time Slip, Circus Circus, Space Dracula, and Wilderness Kingdom.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Game Machine's Best Hit Games 25 - アップライト, コックピット型TVゲーム機 (Upright/Cockpit Videos)". Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 250. Amusement Press, Inc. 15 December 1984. p. 29.
  2. ^ "Computer and Videogames Magazine Issue 039". Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Super Don Quix-ote". Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Dragon's Lair Italian Tribute - SUPER DON QUIX-OTE - Lasergames". Retrieved 26 November 2014.

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