Falcom Weekly Special – Week of 9/16/2014 – Ys I&II Chronicles and Felghana Set

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Ys I&II Chronicles (PSP the Best) (Originally for 2200 yen)
Ys the Oath in Felghana (Super Price Edition) (Originally for 2200 yen)
Random Goods (Not for Sale)
Kiseki Magazine vols 6, 7, and 8 (Not for Sale)

The total retail cost of this set is 4400 yen. The special price is –> 2,800 yen!

This order is good until 9/21, or until 20 orders have been made.

Order # 2633

[ Falcom Online Store - Special Sales ]

Falcom Earnings Forecast Adjusted Based on Sen no Kiseki, Sen no Kiseki II, and Memories of Celceta

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  Original Forecast Adjusted Forecast Percent Changed
Total Sales ¥ 1,900,000,000
(approx. $17,721,420)
¥ 2,400,000,000
(approx. $22,384,960)
▲26.3%
Operating Profit ¥ 750,000,000
(approx. $6,992,380)
¥ 1,200,000,000
(approx. $11,187,950)
▲60.0%
Operating Income ¥ 750,000,000
(approx. $6,992,380)
¥ 1,200,000,000
(approx. $11,187,950)
▲60.0%
Fourth Quarter Net Income ¥ 460,000,000
(approx. $4,288,640)
¥ 720,000,000
(approx. $6,712,650)
▲56.5%

Falcom has posted an adjustment of the forecast for the earnings that will mark the end of the fiscal year (10/1/2013 ~ 9/30/2014), as predicted on 11/13/2013. As you can see above, there are some fairly significant changes to the originally listed numbers.

In the adjustment report, Falcom has stated that this can be attributed to the high preorder sales for Sen no Kiseki II and the steadier than expected sales of Sen no Kiseki in the Asia regions. Furthermore, the sales of Ys: Memories of Celceta for the North American and European regions have been better than expected. As a result, the earnings for the year have been adjusted up, using the trends in these numbers and to make these estimations.

There is also a disclaimer to remind readers that these are forecasted numbers. The final numbers that are eventually revealed may differ from the ones posted above. The final earnings report is expected to be released in November 2014.

For a comparison of the year earnings, you can see the earnings reported last year (2013) below:

  Total Sales Operating Profit Operating Income Fourth Quarter Net Income
2013
Earnings
¥ 1,840,000,000
(approx: $17,152,300)
¥ 710,000,000
(approx: $6,618,550)
¥ 711,000,000
(approx: $6,627,190)
¥ 435,000,000
(approx: $4,054,610)

Note: Yen to Dollar exchanged made based on an approximation of 1 = $0.00932 exchange rate as of 9/16/2014.

[ 2014 Earnings Adjustment IR (PDF) ]

Falcom Weekly Special – Week of 9/8/2014 – Sora no Kiseki the 3rd Game, CD, and Goods Set

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The Legend of Heroes Sora no Kiseki the 3rd Kai HD Edition (PS3) (Originally for 3200 yen)
The Legend of Heroes Sora no Kiseki the 3rd Original Soundtrack (Originally for 2980 yen)
Random Kiseki Series Goods (Not for Sale)
Kiseki Magazine vols 7 and 8 (Not for Sale)

The total retail cost of this set is 6,180 yen. The special price is –> 3,500 yen!

This order is good until 9/15, or until 20 orders have been made.

Order # 2632(962・M046)

[ Falcom Online Store - Special Sales ]

Music from Ys and Music from Ys II Now Available Digitally on Amazon

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The two classic soundtracks for Ys I and Ys II are now available digitally on Amazon and other retailers. With the Music from Ys album, you’ll find some tracks on it that were never brought back into other Ys titles. Music from Ys II also includes some Super Arrange versions and a vocal version of Too Full With Love.

As always, the links in this article are for Amazon.com, but as Falcom is making these available on multiple regions of Amazon (by posting them on Amazon.co.jp), if you can’t purchase digital albums from the US site, then check your own region- they may be available there as well.

These albums are also also available on iTunes, music.jp, mora, and animelo mix.

You can purchase the albums for $5.99 each, or $.99 per track.

You can purchase Music from Ys here, and Music from Ys II here.

However, if you wish to support this site at no cost to yourself, please use these links to purchase Music from Ys and Music from Ys II.

The track lists are behind the cut.

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[Editorial] The Origin of the Title of ‘Ys’ and its Misspelling

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With the recent announcement of the PS4 Ys title, I have seen so many people commenting with the erroneous ‘Y’s’ misspelling that seems to be everywhere. What about the origin of the title itself? Or the origin of the misspelling?

The series roots itself into a fantasy retelling of our own world. Most of the cities and nations are slight renames of what actually existed in Europe. Looking at the map below will actually show you many of those names.

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Nevertheless, the Ys series is rooted in old Breton mythology, of all things. Often called ‘Caer Ys,’ the myth tells the story of a beautiful city built by Gradlon Mawr, that was said to be once located in the Bay of Douarnenez in Brittany. After Gradlon’s conversion to Christianity, he intended this city to be a great capital to his newfound faith. However, his first love, was enraged by this, and her daugher, Dahut, vowed vengeance.

Flight of King Gradlon, by E. V. Luminais. Source: Wikipedia

Flight of King Gradlon, by E. V. Luminais. Source: Wikipedia

Dahut would find different suitors and bring them with her each night. So they could never see her face, they were given a mask- which would then strangle them and kill them, after which she would throw the body into the sea.

This continued until a knight in red came to Ys, and met with Dahut. As a storm broke that night, the knight convinced her to steal the key from Gradlon, and used it to open the gates, which caused the city to be flooded.

I’ve read different versions of the myth- some where it claims where the main in red is the devil, trying to destroy a capital built to Christianity, or that it was an agent of God starting a chain of events to rid the world of a demonic princess.

In the end, as Gradlon and Dahut went to escape, they couldn’t, because the weight of them combined was too much for Gradlon’s winged horse- and Saint Gwenole showed to tell him to kill her- to throw Dahut into the sea. It was then when Gradlon realized the true nature of his child and he did as commanded, where she was with the god of the sea and turned into a mermaid.

Some sailors even say that in the Dournenez Bay, if you listen at night, you can hear Dahut’s singing as she sits upon a rock, brushing her hair.

Now, to get to the title used in the series, and the continuous use of ‘Y’s.’ You have seen the image at the top of the page- this is a t-shirt that Falcom released with cooperation from Mars16. The text on the shirt says the following:

Ys is a Japanese-origin computer role-playing game series, and Nihon Falcom corporation’s flagship franchise. It started on the NEC PC-8801 in 1987, Ys titles appear on the MSX2, Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive, Famicom, Super NES, PC, Playstation 2, PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 CD-ROM, and cellular phone.
“Y’s” arises from a typographical error in the packaging of the English-language versions of the Sega Master System.

(Emphasis is mine)

Y’s is a typo that happened early on with the series, and as it seems to be continuously propagated by many different sources, it seems to be confusing to this day whether the series is ‘Ys’ or ‘Y’s.’ Don’t worry. It’s definitely ‘Ys.’

And it’s pronounced like ‘fleece’ – just without the ‘fl.’

A New Ys Title to be Released in 2015 for Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita

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Sony displayed a video to reveal a new Ys title for the Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita at the SCEJA Event tonight. It is to be released in 2015, but more information may or may not be available at Tokyo Game Show.

More information will be revealed as it becomes available.

See some screenshots below:

“Do you know the name Adol Christin?”
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“The redhaired swordsman comes to the PS4″
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(The party system returns)
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“A completely new title”
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“Ys arrives to the Playstation 4″
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“In an archipelago in the ‘Sea of Gate’ to the south of Gllia”
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“Lost in the legendary waters, a land long forgotten”
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“Adol’s new adventure begins”
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(This appeared to be a climbing puzzle??)
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Falcom’s official tweet on this:


New artwork:
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New screenshots:


Source: Famitsu

Falcom’s IR report can be found here. (PDF)

Video added! Thanks FalcomJDKSound!



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