Atlus preps 3D remakes of role-playing series' Books I & II for release on DS February 10.
In August, Nintendo added the TurboGrafx CD edition of Ys Books I & II to its Virtual Console library, allowing latter-day gamers to experience an older console action-role-playing game. Those who found the game a touch crude by current standards may be interested in giving it a second chance, as Atlus today confirmed a North American release for Legacy of Ys: Books I & II, a new 3D remake of the series' origins for the Nintendo DS.
As with other DS remakes, Legacy of Ys is getting a handful of updates to take advantage of the new platform. Beyond the 3D graphics, the game will feature new levels, enemies, and equipment, optional touch-screen controls, local multiplayer for up to four, and remixed music.
The Virtual Console release aside, the Ys series has been dormant in North America since Konami released Ys: The Ark of Napishtim for the PlayStation Portable in February of 2006. That game was itself a port of the PlayStation 2 game of the same name released a full year before.
Legacy of Ys: Books I & II is scheduled for release in North America on February 10.
@ChampionOfLight The Xanadu/Next/Faxanadu series isnt releated to the Ys series at all, both were just made by Nihon Falcon, why bring the series up :P? Oh, and you shouldve refered to the Dragon Slayer Series as the "Legend of Heroes" series. People in the U.S are more familiar with that name ;).
The first two games of my favorite series on the DS, of course Ill be getting it. Loved Ys I and II COMPLETE for the PC Ys III-Oath in Felghana is my favorite game of all time Ys IV the Dawn of Ys was unfathomably fun Ys V was a great Zelda-like turn Ys VI was an insane series revival with an amazing 2D sprite 3D background mix and Ys Origins was a JRPG epic, hands down the greatest prequel ever.
I only played Ys III (or was it IV? I can't remember) on SNES years ago...but it was an enjoyable game. I'm interested in this.
This sounds neat, especially if they do as good a job as they did on the Ys 3 remake for PC, Oath in Felghana. I hope they do something to spice up the gameplay of the first game, because parts of that one haven't aged too well.
@ chikahiro94: What can I say? Actually I'm kind of a big JRPG fan. Final Fantasy IV (or "II" if going by the U.S. SNES release), Ys III, and Lagoon (another old SNES action/RPG title) were those that really put me head-first into the genre. I want to say "JRPG" to distinguish between those and 'Western styled / themed' RPGs and MMOs ....your D&D-based campaigns and video games, WoW's and Elder Scrolls' of the gaming world, of which I'm not really passionately into. But yeah, the early Ys titles, Popful Mail, the Lunar series, and those I mentioned in my first comment. To say the least, we missed out on a LOT back then, and even to this day, still do, but not quite as much. Kudos to Atlus for doing this...though you may want to get this as soon as it's out there. I don't know about DS titles, but when it comes (came?) to PSX and PS2 titles, Atlus is known to do low print runs of their titles, and they rarely sell well enough to get anything beyond a second print run.
While I only have and played Ys III and the most recent one on the PS2, it's nice to see Atlus giving the early games in the series some much deserved attention. Ditto Nintendo for putting out the original versions on the VC. Even though the games will only attract those who are more hardcore into action RPGs / JRPGs in the end. The thing Ys is known most for is it's use of cinematics to tell the story, much like how Ninja Gaiden had done for action / platforming, only for the RPG genre, during a time when most RPG storylines only went as far as the game's manual and loads of onscreen text. On the TG 16, these cutscenes were in full animation (anime). Faxanadu was actually a spin-off of the Xanadu 'game', which itself is the second title in the "Dragon Slayer" series (of which two, IV: DrasleFamily (aka "Legacy of the Wizard" and the 6th game, whose title escapes me now, were released Stateside, along with the aformentioned Faxanadu). Xanadu also became a series in its own right, albeit, not quite as popular as Ys. Faxanadu is not related at all to Ys, other than both Faxanadu, and the Ys series (along with the DragonSlayer titles), are developments of Nihon Falcom, a small game studio in Japan. They were MUCH bigger in the 1980s / early 1990s,but have since really shrunk down their output. They do NOT release their own titles....they go to others to publish their titles....Hudson Soft, Sammy, and Namco/Bandai to name a few, and as put in the article, Konami pushed out the most recent Ys game. Sorry for the off-topicness. Hope that helps clear any further confusions though. Really though, Falcom made some good stuff back then that was highly underrated. Most likely due to the whole adventure / RPG genre being a niche back then.
arctrooper48: Faxanadu was part of the Dragon Slayer series. Which was also developed by Nihon Falcom
Wasn't Faxanadu part of the Ys series? If not, whatever. I do enjoy the Ys series though, a plentiful amount of fun games.
Ys III on the SNES was one of the first action rpgs I ever played. To this day I can play it and it's still pretty fun.
I never got to play these on the Turbo-Grafx 16, so wow... cool. Popful Mail next, please? I played the Super Famicom one, and would love to play it again but in English :)
Ys (pronounced "ease") were RPGs for early sega consoles, praised for having some of the best art styles and soundtracks in a game, while i have never played them myself, i have heard great things, and if you have a wii, you can buy them on the VC
awesome, i never played em and i hope for originals rather than re releases and sequels, but i love rpgs so it may be a good thing. the re releases of the 1st few final fantasy games were very disappointing 2 me but im lovin the dragon quest game. i never played ys, thats genesis right?? i will pay attention to this release
Will this be one of those games that will gain value? Other than Atlus, I have never heard of Legacy of Ys.
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