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Can someone make a rundown of how the many different versions of this game compare to the windows version present here on GOG? Including in particular the original NES and the awesome Turbografx-CD version. Please? Pretty please.
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Walen: Can someone make a rundown of how the many different versions of this game compare to the windows version present here on GOG? Including in particular the original NES and the awesome Turbografx-CD version. Please? Pretty please.
This is what you need:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvvGtPWNRsA
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Walen: Can someone make a rundown of how the many different versions of this game compare to the windows version present here on GOG? Including in particular the original NES and the awesome Turbografx-CD version. Please? Pretty please.
This covers the different versions across the series.

http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/ys/ys.htm
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Walen: Can someone make a rundown of how the many different versions of this game compare to the windows version present here on GOG? Including in particular the original NES and the awesome Turbografx-CD version. Please? Pretty please.
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EnforcerSunWoo: This covers the different versions across the series.

http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/ys/ys.htm
Wow, that is a sweet website, tons of info of a lot of good titles, thanks for sharing.
Ok, I have done some research myself (thx for reminding me about hardcoregaming btw) and was able to answer my own questiion only partially. Regarding the original part 1&2 this game has been ported to probably every single platform conceivable, which considering the number of platforms throughout the years, means quite a lot of them. The problem is that each consecutive version is less of a straight port and more of a remake/remaster making use of better hardware. Because of this approach visuals and audio are not the only elements changed. There are more or less subtle differences in things like level layout, amount of grinding and combat difficulty. And I doubt you can understand them fully without experiencing all the versions first hand, which is out of the question for me.

Bottom line - the version offered here on GOG seems the ultimate version you can get (correct me if I am wrong), mayby with the exception of music soundtrack (with like a million different versions throughout).
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Walen: Ok, I have done some research myself (thx for reminding me about hardcoregaming btw) and was able to answer my own questiion only partially. Regarding the original part 1&2 this game has been ported to probably every single platform conceivable, which considering the number of platforms throughout the years, means quite a lot of them. The problem is that each consecutive version is less of a straight port and more of a remake/remaster making use of better hardware. Because of this approach visuals and audio are not the only elements changed. There are more or less subtle differences in things like level layout, amount of grinding and combat difficulty. And I doubt you can understand them fully without experiencing all the versions first hand, which is out of the question for me.

Bottom line - the version offered here on GOG seems the ultimate version you can get (correct me if I am wrong), mayby with the exception of music soundtrack (with like a million different versions throughout).
Well I thinkt he remastered version on gog.com for Ys 1&2 basically put together the best out of the first Windows Port and one of the earlier original releases.
Basically what we have on gog.com right now is Ys 1, Ys 2 and Ys 3 (that is the oath of felghana, which is a new imaging of the original Ys 3) and origin which plays before the events of Ys 1.
Don't forget, the Ys I & II on PC-Engine isn't a Falcom remake. It was developed by Hudson Soft, while Nihon Falcom supervised it. The Chronicles is the remake of the original PC88 Ys game. Also as I see, it uses more elements to refer to Ys Origin.