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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 PC-88 Inventory & equipment
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys SNES Crossing the bridge to Dogi's hometown
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys Genesis Dialogue with story
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys TurboGrafx CD Chapel

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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

Micro News MSX May, 1990 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 100 TurboGrafx CD Oct, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Total! (Germany) SNES Jul, 1997 2.25 out of 6 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) TurboGrafx CD Nov, 1991 30 out of 40 75
RPGFan TurboGrafx CD Aug 15, 2001 74 out of 100 74
Video Games Genesis Apr, 1992 68 out of 100 68
1UP! SNES Jun 20, 2007 65 out of 100 65 SNES Nov 06, 2012 13 out of 20 65
HonestGamers SNES Jul 29, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Entertainment Weekly SNES 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.
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