Ys Series

ConsoleNameReleaseGenreDeveloperLucca's Notes
DSLegacy of Ys: Books I & II2009ActionDreams/FalcomCombined enhanced remake of Ys I and II with 3D and potential multiplayer
GenesisYs III1991ActionTelenet/FalcomPlays like the other releases, but with arguably better music and game balance
JP FCYs1988ActionFalcomAdol bumps into the enemies to slay them
JP FCYs II1990ActionFalcomAdds magic to Adol's repertoire
JP FCYs III: Wanderers From Ys1991ActionFalcomChanges the battles to be side-scrolling rather than top-down and allows Adol to swing his sword/jump
JP PC EngineYs IV: The Dawn of Ys (CD)1993ActionHudson SoftTechnically different from the Ys IV on SFC/other consoles
JP PSPYs vs. Sora no Kiseki: Alternative Saga2010FightingFalcomA 3D arena fighting game- very Power Stone-like, where characters from Ys and Trails collide (and level while doing so)
JP SFCYs IV: Mask of the Sun1993ActionTonkin HouseNon-canonical to the Ys series after the release of Memories of Celceta
JP SFCYs V: Ushinawareta Suna no Miyako Kefin1995ActionFalcomOnly game in the series to have never been localized (hopefully this will change?)
Master SystemYs: The Vanished Omens1989ActionFalcom/SegaSome dungeon areas are horizontally flipped, but is otherwise generally similar to the original release
PS2Ys: The Ark of Napishtim2005ActionFalcomTechnically Ys VI; Adol can jump now, so that's cool
PS4Ys IX: Monstrum Nox2021ActionFalcomCarries over a lot of gameplay elements from Ys VIII; Adol's most story/character-heavy tale yet; features new movement mechanics for world traversal
PS4Ys Origin2017ActionFalcomSee Vita
PS4Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana2017ActionFalcomHas more dungeons and forms for Dana than the Vita version, at the expense of some costumes
PS4Ys: Memories of Celceta2020ActionFalcomAdds a Japanese voice option, otherwise see Vita
PS5Ys IX: Monstrum Nox2023ActionFalcomSee PS4, but with cosmetic DLC included
PS5Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana2022ActionFalcomSee Vita, with some slightly enhanced visuals
PSPYs I & II Chronicles2011ActionFalcomMostly the same as previous versions, but with a new soundtrack option as well as newly done character portraits
PSPYs Seven2010ActionFalcomAdds party members to the regular Ys formula, in addition to making weapon types (slashing, blunt) determine an enemy's susceptibility to them
PSPYs: The Ark of Napishtim2006ActionFalcomCloser to the original PC Japanese version than the PS2 version was; also adds some extra quests; very long and frequent loading
PSPYs: The Oath in Felghana2010ActionFalcomRemastered version of Ys III, taking gameplay elements from Ys VI and expanding the storyline with extra scenes
SNESYs III: Wanderers From Ys1991ActionFalcom/Advance CommunicationSimilar to the FC version, but with cleaner graphics and arguably worse hit detection
SwitchYs IX: Monstrum Nox2021ActionFalcomSee PS4
SwitchYs Origin2020ActionFalcomSee Vita
SwitchYs VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana2018ActionFalcomSee PS4
Turbografx-CDYs Book I & II1990ActionFalcomAnother way to experience the glory of Adol? Ys, please!
Turbografx-CDYs III: Wanderers From Ys1991ActionFalcom/Alfa SystemIt's sidescrolling Ys- that's all there is to it
VitaYs I & II Chronicles (DL only)2012ActionFalcomSee PSP
VitaYs Origin2017ActionFalcomAn Ys without Adol as the protagonist! Has 3 different protagonists and takes place as a strictly interior dungeon crawl, goes back to hack-and-slash spirtes
VitaYs Seven (DL only)2012ActionFalcomSee PSP
VitaYs VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana2017ActionFalcomAdol in ARPG action again, with a settlement-building mechanic and up to 3 party members in combat
VitaYs: Memories of Celceta2013ActionFalcomConsidered by Falcom to the the real Ys IV; still an ARPG, has party members with a variety of attack types, parrying can reduce damage taken and enable counterattacks
VitaYs: The Oath in Felghana (DL only)2012ActionFalcomSee PSP
Xbox OneYs Origin (DL only)2018ActionFalcomSee Vita