Ys And Trails Developer “Plans” To Release More Retro Titles On Switch
Nihon Falcom is one of Japan’s premier RPG developers, and has been making games since 1982. The company is most famous for the Ys series, debuting in 1987 with Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished, and also later creating The Legend of Heroes series in 1989 with Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes.
And it seems like Nihon Falcom’s president, Toshihiro Kondo, wants to do something with it. In the latest issue of Famitsu, Kondo has revealed that there are already “plans” to bring more titles to the Nintendo Switch. Perhaps not too surprising, given last year the company created an in-house development team for the Switch, but still exciting!
These comments were posted on ryokutya2089 and translated by Kazuma Hashimoto at Siliconera. Kondo does say that retro titles may need to be digital as there are more difficulties in creating physical releases (let alone more cost), but he’s very positive about the system and wants to bring more games to it:
The Nintendo Switch is a console that is very familiar to me, as my children often play it. Additionally, there is a wide range of people from various age groups because of the convenience of it being a handheld console. Once we had released titles on the PSP, we had a wider variety of different age groups playing our games, and we expect releasing titles on the Nintendo Switch will have the same effect.
Many of the Ys titles have received remakes and ports over the years — Ys Origin, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, and the newest entry — Ys IX: Monstrum Nox — are all available on the Switch. But entries like the PSP remake of Ys III — Ys: The Oath in Felghana — and the Windows version of Ys VI, Ys: Ark of Napishtim (among others), are all available on Steam, not including the unlocalised fifth entry.
The other big gap on the Switch is with The Legend of Heroes, particularly the Trails (Kiseki) subseries. Later this year, we’re getting The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero, with Trails to Azure following in 2023; these are actually the fourth and fifth entries in the Kiseki series. A new trailer for Trails from Zero just dropped earlier today, highlighting the four main characters who make up the Special Support Section.
The first two Trails of Cold Steel games are also currently missing from the system. For a series that’s so heavily reliant on continuity, worldbuilding, and storytelling, the absence of the Trails in the Sky trilogy — the first three games in the series — as well as Cold Steel I and II, is especially noticeable.
Which Nihon Falcom games would you like to see come to Switch? Share your thoughts below, and you’ll get bonus points for any of its more unusual games! What those points are, we don’t know.