It was originally released in 1989 for the NEC PC-8801. Within the next few years, it would also be ported to the NEC PC-9801, MSX 2, Sharp X68000, Mega Drive, Super Famicom, and PC Engine. The PC Engine version was released in the United States for the TurboGrafx-16; it would be the only game in the series released in the US until the PlayStation Portable remake of The Legend of Heroes IV: A Tear of Vermillion.
In 1995, a version of the game was broadcast exclusively for Japanese markets via the Super Famicom's Satellaview subunit under the name BS Dragon Slayer Eiyu Densetsu.
- Dragon Slayer: Legend of Heroes GUIDE (TurboGrafx-CD) and Dragon Slayer: Legend of Heroes PREVIEW at TurboPlay Magazine Archives