Ys III: Wanderers from Ys

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Ys III: Wanderers from Ys
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Riot (JP), Renovation Products (US)
Licensor: Nihon Falcom
Original system(s): NEC PC-8801
Developer(s) of original games: Nihon Falcom
Genre: RPG[1]

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,700 (8,961)8,700e[2] T-49063
Sega Mega Drive
$69.9969.99[4] 49146
Sega Mega Drive
Project Egg
¥880880 TEL2001
Non-Sega versions

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Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (ワンダラーズ フロム イース) is a Sega Mega Drive action role-playing game developed by Riot. A port of the titular 1989 Nihon Falcom game Ys III: Wanderers from Ys, it was first published in Japan by Riot themselves in September 1991, and was later brought to the United States by Renovation Products the following month.

The third entry in the popular role-playing game series Ys, Ys III: Wanderers from Ys is notable for its drastic change in gameplay style; while previous entries in the series had been viewed from a top-down perspective, this entry is instead a side-scroller with minor platforming mechanics, and was ultimately not as well-received as its more traditional brethren.


The game takes a side-scrolling perspective. C jumps. B swings your sword, talks to people, opens treasure chests, and makes selections when talking to shop owners. A uses selected items.  START  opens up the game menu. Up enters doors. You can swing your sword up by hitting B and Up, and you can also point the sword down while you fall by holding(?) B. Hold B to repeatedly attack. Holding Down allows you to crawl; you can attack while crawling.

Beneath the game area are two progress bars that show your health and the health of the enemy you just encountered. Next to that are four stats: H.P shows a numeric representation of your health, EXP shows your experience points, R.P shows your ring power, and GOLD shows how much gold you have.

Health is recovered when levelling up, outside a dungeon, and with herbs. Levelling up only restores health partially; leaving dungeons and using herbs restores health fully. You can only carry one herb at a time.

 START  opens the game menu. EQUIPMENT opens the equipment screen. STATUS shows your current game status. BACKUP LOAD allows you to quit the current game and load a saved one at any time. BACKUP SAVE saves your game. You start off in the room and at the place within that room where you saved. CONFIGURATION allows you to change game options (TODO).

The equipment screen works a bit strangely. Up and Down selects between swords, armor, shields, rings, and items, and Left and Right chooses one of the five (or none, if you go left enough times). The current item is shown highlighted and its name at the top of the window; hit C to find out more about it. Press B to switch over to the right side of the screen, where you can get information about twelve quest items you collect as the game progresses. Press B to return to the equipment selection side. Press A to exit the screen. You can also see the four statues you collect during your quest, but you cannot get information on these.

When you select a ring from the equipment screen, Adol automatically puts it on and his armor turns gold. The ring power (R.P) section of the HUD indicates how much ring power you have. Ring power is increased by defeating enemies, and goes away slowly over time as long as you have a ring on. Some rings deplete ring power faster than others. You cannot put on a ring if your ring power is zero. You can alternatively buy full ring power (255) for some amount of money in towns.


A European release was once planned by publisher Ubisoft[6], but ultimately never materialized.

Production credits

  • ゲームグラフィック: Kouichi Nishida, Satomi Yoshikawa
  • ビジュアルグラフィック: MALDOROR, P.SAITO, アンテノール・木下
  • プログラム: 山本 雅康
  • デバッグチーフ: 折原 つなよし
  • サウンド: 窪寺 義明 (CUBE), 岩垂 徳行 (CUBE)
  • 宣伝: 三浦 猫, 吉岡 たかを, U-MA, オーノ 勝久
  • 協力: 福島 和行, 福島 雄二, 福島 次郎, 阿部 好延, 福島 孝
  • オリジナル制作: (C)日本ファルコム
  • 制作: (株) RIOT 日本テレネット
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Sega Mega Drive
Prototypes: 1991-08-28

Ys games on Sega systems / developed by Sega
Sega Master System
Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen (1988)
Sega Mega Drive
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (1991)
Sega Mega-CD
Ys IV: Mask of the Sun (Cancelled)
Sega Saturn
Falcom Classics (Ys) (1997) | Falcom Classics II (Ys II) (1998) | Falcom Classics Collection (Ys / Ys II) (1999)