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Adol Christin's long-time friend, Dogi, wishes to return to his home town of Redmont after hearing about strange disturbances that are happening there. Always looking for an adventure, Adol joins him and soon finds out the cause of this new evil.

Ys III: Wanderers from Ys breaks away from the "bumping into enemies" battle system of the first two games, allowing Adol to control his sword in a variety of directions. Beside changing the battle system, the game's perspective switches to a side-scrolling view, as opposed to the top-down one of the previous games. Adol also has the ability to jump now. New to the series is the use of magical rings, which give Adol different powering-up abilities such as healing and shielding. The game also uses various key items found along the way to solve minor puzzles and progress the story.


Ys III: Wanderers from Ys SNES The sexy fortuneteller will do some service for you... no, not what you think!
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys SNES Inventory. Nothing yet. But there will be. I promise
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys SNES Okay, okay, just calm down, chief...
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys SNES Buying a sword. Very important

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Alternate Titles

  • "伊蘇國3" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "伊苏III" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Ys: Wanderers from Ys" -- Japanese MSX title
  • "Ys III" -- Genesis title
  • "Ys-3: Wanderer from Ys" -- PC-88/98 in-game title
  • "イースIII ワンダラーズ フロム イース" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews Oct, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo Power Magazine 1992 3.8 out of 5 76
Total! (Germany) Jul, 1997 2.25 out of 6 75
Video Games Sep, 1991 66 out of 100 66
1UP! Jun 20, 2007 65 out of 100 65 Nov 06, 2012 13 out of 20 65
Legendra Sep 09, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
HonestGamers Jul 29, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Entertainment Weekly Feb 28, 1992 C+ 58


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Fan ports

The PC-88 version of Ys 3 was (illegitimately) ported twice by fans to the Sharp X1 Turbo and Sharp MZ-2500 computers. Since all three computers share the same Z80 processor and have similar graphics capabilities, the work mainly consisted of rewriting IO routines.

NES translation patch

On January 7th, 2005, fan translation group Vice Translations released a complete Japanese-to-English patch for the Nintendo version.
Unicorn Lynx (181725) added Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (SNES) on Jun 07, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Tibes80 (1567), Infernos (19042), firefang9212 (50699), Terok Nor (27024) and Unicorn Lynx (181725)