Dreaming in Digital’s Conclusion to the Top SNES Games of All Time

2 Nov

2525: Ys III: Wanderers From Ys
(1992, American Sammy)

I had never heard of the Ys series of Role Playing Games before I rented this title one day on my way home from school but I was quickly sucked into the world of Ys as I took control of the hero Adon and started running around, slaying monsters in this heavily anime-inspired world.

Much like Zelda 2 on the NES, this game is a side-scrolling adventure-platform game that sends you exploring a world full of magic and artifacts to find. And later I discovered another parallel to Zelda 2, it’s predecessors were played as top-down adventure games and this was a change from the norm.

I remember enjoying this lighthearted fantasy romp and I managed to finish it in a weekend. This was the first game that made me feel like I was playing a part in a fantasy anime and I couldn’t put it down. The music by Mieko Ishikawa was remade for the Super Nintendo hardware and while very synth-heavy, the crisp and energetic music always struck a chord with me. Every time I play another port of Ys 3 I end up wishing I was hearing the Super Nintendo tracks instead.

Originally made for the NEC PC-8801 & PC-9801 computers in Japan, the Ys games have been ported and remade many times over the years and can still be found for sale on several modern platforms. The SNES version of Ys 3 remains my favorite of the series for the sheer nostalgic feel of everything. If you enjoy RPGs, check out the Ys games wherever you can get your games on them and delve into the lore of this epic world that continues to grow even today.

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