Thursday, January 2, 2014

Ys V Finally Sees An English Language Version

The excellent Ys series (pronounced "eese") is hugely popular in Japan yet is largely ignored in North America having managed to only garner a small cult following through its fragmented english language release across a variety of systems. Ys is the type of series that requires a prior knowledge and actual effort to find yet is extremely rewarding to those who put forth the effort. Despite this difficulty and random release history, a surprisingly large number of the games in the series have made their way to US shores in one form or another. XSEED Games deserves a special thank you from fans due to their consistent US release of the Ys series across Steam and Sony Handhelds over the last few years.

Unfortunately, the fifth entry titled "Ys V-Kefin, Lost City of Sand" has been the one title without any official English language release. Thanks to the fan translators at Aeon Genesis, that all changes due to a translation patch just released for the overlooked action adventure title which originally came out in 1995 on the Super Famicom (Japan's named for the Super Nintendo). The patch is available at the Aeon Genesis website but will require the ROM in order to work. Since ROM downloading has a questionable legal history, I will leave you to Google and your own resources to easily find the file. Enjoy!

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