STAGE 58: Ys

Ys is a series of action RPGs developed by Nihon Falcom that follows the adventures of the red haired swordman, Adol Christin which began on the PC-88 8-bit computer in 1987 and consists of eight main titles, multiple ports, spin-off titles and remakes.

For many who have played these games, The Ys series contains some of the finest and most incredible video game scores of all time. The series is also most famously known for streering away from the traditional turn-based battles found in most RPGs at the time for a “bump attack” system.

This game mechanic would fuse Action and Rpg genres together, never spending time waiting for a battle to start, and focusing on fast-paced action that Rewards quick reactions, intelligent planning, and pattern recognition.

A game series that contains just enough intriguing story and fan devotion that it quite literally separates it amongst the bevy of role playing games from various companies over the years. So this is why THIS STAGE of the retro vim revival hour is dedicated to one of the greats the Y’s series.


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Full track listing:
===========Game – Composer – Title – Company========

1.) Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished – Yuzo Koshiro & Mieko Ishikawa – “Feena, First Step Towards Wars & Palace of Destruction”- June 21, 1987 – Nihon Falcom – PC-8801, X1, PC-9801, FM-7, MSX2, Famicom, Sega Master System, MS-DOS, Apple IIGS & X68000

2.)  Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished – The Final Chapter – Osamu Kasai, Masaaki Harada & Shinji Nakayama – “To Make the End of Battle, Ruins of Moondoira & Palace of Solomon” – June 24, 1988- Nihon Falcom – PC-8801, PC-9801, FM-7, X1, MSX2 & Famicom

3.)  Ys III: Wanderers from Ys – Mieko Ishikawa & Masaaki Kawai – “The Boy’s Got Wings, Be Careful, Varestain Castle & The Strongest Foe” – July 28, 1989 -Nihon Falcom – PC-8801, PC-9801, MSX2, TurboGrafx-CD, SNES, Famicom, Sega Genesis, PlayStation 2 & X68000

4.)  Ys IV: Mask of the Sun – Yoshiaki Kubodera, Masanori Hikichi, Miyoko Takaoka, Naoyuki Ito, Tomohiro Endo & Hiroo Tengenji – “The Dawn of Ys, Mask of the Sun, Crimson Wings & Theme of Adol” – November 19, 1993 – Tonkin House & Nihon Falcom/Tonkin House – PlayStation 2, Mobile & Super Famicom

5.) Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys – Atsushi Shirakawa, Naoki Kaneda, Takahiro Tsunashima & Masaru Nakajima – “Family of Darkness” – December 22, 1993 – Hudson Soft – TurboGrafx-16 CD (PC Engine CD)

6.) Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand – Mieko Ishikawa, Naoki Kaneda, Satoshi Arai, Atsushi Shirakawa & Masaru Nakajima – “Theme of Adol & Wilderness” – December 29, 1995 – Nihon Falcom – PS2 & Super Famicom

7.) Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim – Hayato Sonoda & Wataru Ishibashi – “Release of the Far West Ocean, Mighty Obstacle & Ernst” – September 27, 2003 – Nihon Falcom – Windows PC , PlayStation 2, Mobile & PSP

8.) Ys Seven – Hayato Sonoda, Takahiro Unisuga, Saki Momiyama & Masanori Osaki – “Innocent Primeval Breaker, Vacant Interference, Desert of Despair, Scias & Crossing Rage” – September 17, 2009 – Nihon Falcom – PSP & Windows PC

9.) Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana– Hayato Sonoda & Takahiro Unisuga – “Lacrimosa of Dana, Sunshine Coastline, A Footprint in the Wet Sand, Crimson Fighter & Deadly Temptation“ – July 21, 2016 – Nihon Falcom – PlayStation Vita, PS4, Windows PC & Nintendo Switch


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