Masahiro Sakurai Talks About Ys in Newest Video

For those unaware, Masahiro Sakurai of Kirby and Super Smash Bros. fame started his own YouTube channel around a month ago, serving as an avenue of game design discussion. The videos are all English-subtitled, of brief length, and contain top-notch editing, so I recommend checking them out.

Sakurai’s newest video explaining the importance of rewarding players will certainly excite Falcom fans because he discusses two of that company’s IPs, Ys and Faxanadu. Regarding the former, Sakurai specifically showcases the TurboGrafx-16 version of the first game, highlighting how rewarding its experience point system is. As for the far lesser-known title, Faxanadu, Sakurai emphasizes its scant money acquisition making the eventual purchase of powerful items all the more satisfying.

In all honesty, as a Falcom fan, seeing Sakurai narrate over these games with their music playing in the background is easily one of the most surreal YouTube experiences I’ve ever had. Huge props to him for choosing such niche games to highlight the broad nature of rewards.

You can view this new video by Masahiro Sakurai below:

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana kickstarted the series’ popularity in the West during its initial Vita and PS4 release. It contains a memorable narrative, addictive combat, a stellar soundtrack, multiple difficulty levels, a plethora of side content, and much more.

It’s a definite must-play, and if you have a PS5, you should be on the lookout for it when it launches later this year. The latest trailer recently launched, highlighting this entry’s narrative.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is releasing for PlayStation 5 natively on November 15, 2022, in North America, and on November 18, 2022, for Europe. The title is currently available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, and PC.


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Orpheus Joshua

Random gamer equally confused by the mainstream and the unusual. Fan of JRPGs, Action, Platformers, Rhythm, and Adventure titles.