The DS has previously seen one not-very-representative entry in Falcom's vaunted Ys
series in Ys Strategy,
but now some proper action-RPGs will make their way. The first two Ys
games will be released for the DS in Spring 2008, at an unfortunate price of 5040 yen ($44) each.
The remakes, from Interchannel, will include new multiplayer modes, and the usual DS stuff (stats on one screen, action on the other). They'll also swap out the original bump-into-enemies combat style for the Eternal
versions' more conventional attack button.
This had to happen sooner or later. The DS is a system popular with Japanese gamers, and these Ys
games have been ported and remade endlessly. Ys
, for example, has appeared on seven different Japanese computer formats (not including DOS), Windows, NES, Sega Master System, Saturn, PS2, cell phones, and the Turbografx 16 CD ROM. Most recently, the TG16 CD-ROM version was released on the Wii Virtual Console in Japan.