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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 Exploring the caverns. Waterfall area. Nasty red birds and blue/green mean dudes
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys PC-98 Children are playing in the town
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys SNES The hero Adol and his blue-haired friend Dogi
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys TurboGrafx CD The usual "David vs. Goliath" fight

Promo Images

Ys III: Wanderers from Ys Screenshot
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys Screenshot
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys Magazine Advertisement
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys Screenshot

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 Genesis Oct, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo Power Magazine SNES 1992 3.8 out of 5 76
Total! (Germany) SNES Jul, 1997 2.25 out of 6 75
Power Play Genesis May, 1992 68 out of 100 68
Video Games SNES Sep, 1991 66 out of 100 66 SNES Nov 06, 2012 13 out of 20 65
1UP! SNES Jun 20, 2007 65 out of 100 65
Entertainment Weekly SNES Feb 28, 1992 C+ 58 Genesis Feb 21, 2008 4 out of 10 40


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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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