Developer Ys And Trails ‘plans’ to release more retro titles on Switch

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Nihon Falcom is one of Japan’s leading RPG developers and has been creating games since 1982. The company is best known for the Yes series, beginning in 1987 with Ys I: The old missing Ysand also create later The legend of heroes series in 1989 with Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes.

And it looks like Nihon Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo wants to do something with his big catalog. In the latest issue of Famitsu, Kondo revealed that there are already “plans” to bring more titles to the Nintendo Switch. Perhaps not too surprising, given that 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 from Siliconera. Kondo says retro titles may have to be digital because it’s harder to make physical versions (not to mention more cost), but he’s very positive about the system and wants to bring more games into it:

The Nintendo Switch is a console that is very familiar to me, because my children play it often. Moreover, there is a wide range of people from different age groups due to the convenience of being a portable console. Once we released titles on the PSP, we had a greater variety of different age groups playing our games, and we expect releasing titles on the Nintendo Switch to have the same effect.

Many Ys titles have received remakes and ports over the years – Ys Origin, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana and the latest entry – Ys IX: Monstrum Nox – are all available on the Switch. But entries like the PSP remake of Ys III — Ys: The Felghana Oath — and the Windows version of Ys VI, Ys: Ark of Napishtim (among others), are all available on Steam except for the unlocalized fifth entry.

The other big gap on the Switch is with The Legend of Heroes, specifically the Trails (Kiseki) subseries. Later this year we get The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero, followed by Trails to Azure 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 that 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 relies so heavily on continuity, world-building, 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 particularly noticeable.

Which Nihon Falcom games would you like to see come to Switch? Share your thoughts below and you’ll get bonus points for one of its more unusual games! What these points are, we do not know.

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