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Legacy of Ys: Books I & II - Nintendo DS

by Xseed Games
Nintendo DS
Teen
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews) 67 / 100

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  • Remastered 3D graphics, a remixed musical score, and new enemies and equipment to discover
  • Two all time classics that helped shape the action RPG genre… Now on a portable system!
  • Local wireless multiplayer for up to four people
  • Difficulty levels and dual control schemes tailor the experience to the gamer

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  • ASIN: B001INDEOW
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: February 24, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,992 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Legacy of Ys: Books I & II delivers the first two epic tomes of the famed saga on one cartridge, presented with a series of never-before-seen enhancements. Playable in 3D for the first time on Nintendo DS, Legacy of Ys offers remastered graphics, a remixed music score, optional touch screen control, and local wireless multiplayer for up to four people. Local wireless multiplayer for up to 4 people.

Legacy of Ys Books I&II
Compelling Storyline
Compelling Storyline
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Exploring a Village
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The Story
Stories tell of a land of yore, now shrouded by centuries of time forgotten, called Ys. Despite its great knowledge, endless wealth, and bountiful prosperity, a sudden and unexpected cataclysm devastated the realm. Soon, its memory had faded completely from the minds of man. Centuries later, a young adventurer named Adol set sail to explore the world and leave his mark on history. During his travels, he learned of the tragic tale of Esteria, a once prosperous island now inexplicably engulfed by a crippling storm. Adol plotted a course for the besieged isle, curious to unravel the mystery...

Key Game Features:

  • Two Legendary RPGs on One Cartridge! - Experience two all time classics that helped shape the action RPG genre… Now on a portable system!
  • Upgraded Ys Experience - Behold remastered 3D graphics, a remixed musical score, and new enemies and equipment to discover. Touch control and local wireless multiplayer for up to four people deepen the adventure, while difficulty levels and dual control schemes tailor the experience to the gamer.
  • The Definitive Story - Available to North American audiences for the first time, this ultimate translation delivers the most substantial version of the famous Ys story ever made!
Exclusive to the Nintendo DS
Two of gaming's all-time classics are reborn on DS. Available to North American audiences for the first time, this ultimate translation delivers the most substantial version of the famous Ys story ever made. Two games in one, Ys was released separately overseas, but North American gamers get them together. One of the longest-running, most beloved action RPGs of all-time, Ys has features exclusive to DS including 3D graphics, multiplayer, touch support, and more.

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Two of gaming's all-time classics are reborn on DS. Stories tell of a land of yore, now shrouded by centuries of time forgotten, called Ys. Despite its great knowledge, endless wealth, and bountiful prosperity, a sudden and unexpected cataclysm devastated the realm. Soon, its memory had faded completely from the minds of man. Centuries later, a young adventurer named Adol set sail to explore the world and leave his mark on history. During his travels, he learned of the tragic tale of Esteria, a once prosperous island now inexplicably engulfed by a crippling storm. Adol plotted a course for the besieged isle, curious to unravel the mystery... Available to North American audiences for the first time, this ultimate translation delivers the most substantial version of the famous Ys story ever made. Two games in one, Ys was released separately overseas, but North American gamers get them together. One of the longest-running, most beloved action RPGs of all-time, Ys has features exclusive to DS including 3D graphics, multiplayer, touch support, and more.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A faithful remake of the original March 4, 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I had pre-order this game and play it non-stop. I had to say unlike the original Turbo CD version (which it's already available for download on Wii's VC), you actually got two faithful remakes of two of Falcom best action RPGs. If fast paced sword ramming gameplay is what you love, then you'll be right at home here as that feature is still intact though you'll require to use the stylus for that but if you prefer the usual hack and slash gameplay (Legend of Zelda or Secret of Mana style) instead you could very well set the option for that as well.

The musical scores in this game are the best that Falcom had produced heck publisher Atlus even included a bonus music CD in every copy of this game so you could listen to some of those wonderful tunes. Unlike the VC version; however, there are no voice-overs so you'll have to read the dialogue to get the story and hints when playing.

The graphics on the other hands are rather bland and ugly at times, there are just so many locations that look similar and it really makes it difficult to navigate once you are force to backtrack from one location to another. Aside from that the FMV intros and endings are superb and present themselves wonderfully.

There is also a multiplayer mode for up to four players to participate in this game. I haven't got into the multiplayer aspect yet so I'm not sure how it'll play like. The single player of each games; however, are still much enjoyable.

If you love JRPG or haven't already yet play these early Ys chapters via VC, this remake of two of Falcom action RPGs might satisfied you. After all, it's a good deal too since we got two JRPGs classic in one unlike in Japan which got these separately in cartridge form so it's all thanks to Atlus for doing that.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Awesome. June 8, 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
First off, the two 'books' are fairly short games overall. Don't expect some epic 20+ hour adventures. That's a good thing though, because seriously, who has time for that? This is just some great old-school action-RPG gameplay updated for the DS both graphically as well as musically.

Perhaps the best part is the value. You get two classic action-RPGs, plus a soundtrack CD with a ton of music from the games. If you're into that stuff, that's sorta a big deal too.

The gameplay is very, very simplistic. You have a sword, shield and armour and you mow down the enemies. In Book 2, you get some magic as well, but nothing on the level of a more modern RPG, and even less complicated than early Zelda games which is awesome. This of course means it's probably not for everyone, but it's certainly awesome to see one of the best series' ever being kept alive.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good remake April 3, 2009
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This package is a good buy for people who enjoy old school RPG gameplay. If you're into fancy sphere grids and dialogue that's voiced... then this game isn't for you. The graphics are a little on the basic side (ie 16-bit character sprites traveling around PS1 style landscapes). The music has been remixed, however that's kind of a mixed bag. On one hand YES it sounds aesthetically better and yet it lacks that catchy feeling the original music had. The gameplay itself isn't really changed to much from the original aside from a few minor additions in terms of items you can collect (oh! and you get to actually slash with your sword to kill enemies instead of just running into them like you could in the TurboGrafix original).

Long story short, if you missed out on Ys I and II and you don't mind old school gameplay then pick this game up. If you don't care for anything that could be labeled "old school," then steer clear. I happen to love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An understated adventure game. January 9, 2014
I had ordered this game on Amazon sometime last year and finally got around to playing it. I also got the CD soundtrack with it. I didn't realize that this game was actually a remake from over 20 years ago, so I don't really know the difference between the two.

This game starts off as having to talk with various people about where to go on your adventure. You will eventually need to gain 5 sets (each) of swords, armor, shields, and rings. The graphics and the soundtrack are the real meat and potatoes of the game (why else wouldn't this game include a CD soundtrack, people??). The battle system is Zelda-esque (real time battle), so you shouldn't have a problem when encountering various monsters. Throughout the over world map, you may tend to get lost at first, which is why you have a very handy map on the bottom touch screen. Moreover, it's important to always read the bottom of the screen to understand what your next objective in the game is.

Some of the boss battles are difficult to get through, which is why you want to level up, gain some money, and buy better armor/swords. I'm almost done finishing Book I (I'm at the Dahm Tower now), and I haven't started Book II yet, so I will be updating this post once I've completed the second installment.

Although this game is rare to find, it is worth every penny to any gamer whom is interested. Don't forget about Ys 3 and Ys 4 for the Super NES -- again, both games are ultra rare and expensive. Alternatively, you could try downloading them onto your Wii/Wii U if either is available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 22 days ago by Linda
3.0 out of 5 stars Get the PSP version instead.
As far as content goes, none in my opinion have surpassed the original 80's CD-ROM version of the game. Read more
Published 1 month ago by WorkoutGamer13
4.0 out of 5 stars A good pickup
If you have ever played one of the ys games, on snes or other, this is a great port of a great game. While the boss fights are hard, you can save before them and try again. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Hand-held Nostalgia
I had the first Ys as a kid, and I loved it, I played it a great deal, so it's just a flood of good memories to play this one. Read more
Published 15 months ago by B. Stephens
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good game
I was amazed by how good the game was. The bgm was quite good as well. I recommend this for any classic rpg enthusiast.
Published on September 5, 2011 by Tjs
3.0 out of 5 stars The 80's were not fun
First off this is only fun to play if you owned a turbo graphics 16. The experience smacks of old school boring gameplay which for some reason was the best thing ever back in the... Read more
Published on August 17, 2011 by joemama
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money but seems a bit dated
To preface this review I didn't play any of the Ys games when they originally came out so I don't have any sense of nostalgia towards this title. Read more
Published on December 17, 2010 by Blueblur1984
4.0 out of 5 stars Ys fans: A must have ! New fans, not so much
Ys fans have much cause to rejoice over this item! However like
any established series a newcomer may be underwhelmed.
Published on October 8, 2010 by Inglip
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Ys action with bad new graphics
I'm very surprised the "upgraded" graphics in this are so poor. The 2D sprites look okay, though there are very few frames of animation. Read more
Published on September 13, 2010 by Store Hadji
3.0 out of 5 stars Legacy of Ys: Books I & II
Still figuring it out. I think I will like it as soon as I learn how to play it properly. I'm 65 so that gives me a handycap on some games.
Published on October 22, 2009 by Diane Falitico
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