The Nintendo DS is getting quite a few RPG remakes, and we’re not just talking about another Final Fantasy. Atlus will be adding another title to the list Feb. 10, 2009 with Legacy of Ys: Books I & II. What’s that? Don’t remember that one? There are some strong fans out there, but not many of us remember this classic series. The first releases in English were on the Sega Master System and Turbo Grafx-16 with only a few games in the series making it to our shores. The only one in recent memory being the 2005 and 2006 remake of game VI, Ys: The Ark of Napishtim for PS2 and PSP.
This two game compilation will be the definitive version with the closest original translation to date. Atlus has been upgrading every facet of these games for a fresh release. Legacy of Ys now sports new 3D graphics, a remixed musical score, all new enemies and equipment. Gameplay wasn’t spared either with full touch controls, difficulty level settings and a multi-player mode so up to four people can play in the same quest wirelessly. Legacy of Ys follows the story of young adventurer named Adol Christin. As Adol players try to discover the mystery of Esteria, a once prosperous land now surrounded in a massive and unending storm.
Bringing back and updating games are great for nostalgia. Any older RPG gamer worth their ‘A,B’ buttons can’t wait to get their hands on Chronotrigger on DS for just that reason even if it isn’t getting much of an upgrade. However, are American gamers going to go for a remake like this when they may never have played the original and fond memories aren’t a factor?