Thirty-Four Years Later, Ys 1 and II Are Getting PC Floppy Disk Ports

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Japanese game developer Nihon Falcom has announced that decades after their original releases, both Ys1 and Ys II are getting ported to the X68000, a Japan-only PC from Sharp that first went on sale in 1987.

In 1987, Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished was first released on the PC-8801, then later that same year on a couple of Japanese PC platforms, before the inevitable Famicom and Master system ports the following year. The game did get an X68000 enhanced remake release in 1991, with new 3D pre-rendering boss graphics in stark contrast to the original 2D spites.

Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished – The Final Chapter, however, never did get a release on the X68000, making this port a first.

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The ports for both games are based on the original versions, but as IT Media points out, the in-game scrolling has been smoothed out and blank disks are not required for game saves as they were for PC games of that time.

The 3.5-inch floppy disks will go on sale in March 2021 at Akihabara retailer Beep, which is also selling X68000 hardware.

In case you missed it, read Kotaku’s impressions of Ys: Memories of Celceta on the PS4

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

Next year is the 40th anniversary of Falcom so this is a release likely in line with that celebration. Additionally, Beep has helped re-released a handful of significant or popular older X68000 titles including Cotton (which is also getting a modern console re-boot release early next year).

Beep is a really cool place. There’s literally hardware upon hardware of older Japanese computers stacked on one another. They do have a small focus on consoles too but the computer hardware and software is the impressive bits.