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Ys Book I & II
Publisher: Hudson Soft Virtual Console Nihon Falcom
Developer:
Publisher(s) of original games: Falcom
Developer(s) of original games: Falcom
System(s): CD-ROM², Virtual Console (Wii), PlayStation Network
Genre: RPG































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
CD-ROM²
JP
¥8424 HCD9009
CD-ROM²
US
$? TGXCD1002




Virtual Console JP 800 points QABJ
Virtual Console US 800 points QABE
Virtual Console EU 800 points QABP
Virtual Console AU 800 points QABP



PlayStation 3 JP (Download) ¥823 [1] NPJJ-30038




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Ys Book I & II (イースI・II Īsu Wan Tsū) is a Japanese action role-playing game compilation consisting of enhanced remakes of the first two Ys games, released for the CD-ROM² by Nihon Falcom and Hudson Soft in 1989. It was released as Ys Book I & II for the TurboGrafx-CD in North America in 1990, and was a pack-in title for the TurboDuo in 1992.

Overview

Ys I & II consists of enhanced remakes of the first two games released in the Ys series, Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished and Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished – The Final Chapter. It was one of the first video games to use CD-ROM, which was utilized to provide enhanced graphics, animated cut-scenes, a Red Book CD audio soundtrack, and voice acting. The game's English localization was also one of the first to use voice dubbing.

It was the second role-playing game released on the CD-ROM format, six months after Tengai Makyou: Ziria (Far East of Eden). Ys I & II was also the first action RPG released on CD-ROM, and the first CD-ROM based RPG released in North America. The game was critically acclaimed upon release for being one of the first games to effectively demonstrate the potential of the CD-ROM format, including a lengthy adventure, animated cut scenes, Red Book music, and voiced dialogues.

Soundtrack

The game's early Red Book audio soundtrack was composed by Yuzo Koshiro and Mieko Ishikawa and arranged by Ryo Yonemitsu. As one of the first CD soundtracks in a video game, the music and audio have been critically acclaimed since its 1989 release.

Physical scans

CD-ROM² version

NEC Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
100 №172, p58
88 №15, p16/18/78[2]
88 №26
100 2007-03-05
100 2013-01-21
96 №17, p134[3]
92 2001-08-15
90 №5, p28[4]
90 №22
CD-ROM²
94
Based on
9 reviews

CD-ROM², JP
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Cover
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Disc
CD-ROM², US

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Disc
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Jewel Case
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Map

Virtual Console version

NEC Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
85 September 5, 2008
90 25 August 2008
Virtual Console 88
Based on
2 reviews

PlayStation Network version

References

  1. http://www.jp.playstation.com/software/title/jp0555npjj30038_000000000000000001.html
  2. File:EGM US 015.pdf, page 78
  3. File:GamePro US 017.pdf, page 136
  4. File:TurboPlay US 05.pdf, page 28


Ys games for NEC systems
Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen (1987) | Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished - The Final Chapter (1988) | Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (1989) | Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys (1993)
Ys Book I & II (1990)