Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen

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Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Master System
Genre: RPG

Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
¥5,800 G-1370
Sega Master System
$59.99[1] 7501
Sega Master System
£32.95[2] MK-7501-03
Sega Master System
?F MK-7501-03
Sega Master System
DM ? MK-7501-03
Sega Master System
?Ptas MK-7501-03
Sega Master System
R$? ?

Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen is a 1987 RPG developed by Falcom first released on the PC-88 before being ported to pretty much every platform released at the time and over the next few years. Its first port released overseas was to the Sega Master System by Sega in 1988; in the US and Europe it was sold under the name Ys: The Vanished Omens and in Japan simply as Ys (イース) (the game itself is still called Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen).

It is one of the few Master System games with FM support to have the FM code completely removed in its overseas releases. Furthermore, the game takes advantage of a VDP mirroring bug that was fixed on Master System 2s and anything based on that hardware (including the Sega Mega Drive); consequently the game will look incorrectly on these systems.

It was later included on Falcom Classics for the Sega Saturn.

Production credits


Magazine articles

Main article: Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #90: "April 1989" (1989-03-16)
also published in:
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #91: "May 1989" (1989-04-11)[4]
  • ACE (UK) #20: "May 1989" (1989-xx-xx)[5]
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #92: "June 1989" (1989-05-16)[6]
  • ACE (UK) #21: "June 1989" (1989-xx-xx)[7]

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
78 №20, p44[2]
92 №26, p144[8]
89 №1, p77[9]
88 №4, p112[10]
88 №1, p63Media:TheCompleteGuideToSega UK.pdf[11]
92 №89, p92/93[12]
75 №1, p45[13]
90 №18, p36/37[14]
88 №1, p137[15]
89 №2, p6/7
85 №7, p13[16]
80 №23, p61
85 №6, p31[17]
Sega Master System
Based on
13 reviews

Master System, US
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Ys sms us manual.pdf
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Master System, EU
Ys EU cover.jpg
Ys EU cart.jpg
Master System, EU
® variant
Ys EU R cover.jpg
Master System, JP
Ys SMS JP Box Back.jpgNospine.pngYs JP cover.jpg
Ys SMS JP Cart.jpg
Master System, BR
Ys SMS BR Box.jpg


NEC Retro has more information related to Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen.
  1. File:VG&CE US 08.pdf, page 34
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:ACE UK 20.pdf, page 44
  3. File:Supergame BR 05.pdf, page 39
  4. File:CVG UK 091.pdf, page 84
  5. File:ACE UK 20.pdf, page 68
  6. File:CVG UK 092.pdf, page 89
  7. File:ACE UK 21.pdf, page 76
  8. File:ACE UK 26.pdf, page 144
  9. File:CompleteGuideToConsoles_UK_01.pdf, page 77
  10. File:CGtC UK 04.pdf, page 112
  11. File:TheCompleteGuideToSega UK.pdf, page 63
  12. File:CVG UK 089.pdf, page 92
  13. File:EGM US 001.pdf, page 45
  14. File:TGM UK 18.pdf, page 36
  15. File:MeanMachinesSega01UK.pdf, page 137
  16. File:StheSegaMagazine UK 07.pdf, page 13
  17. File:SegaPro UK 06.pdf, page 31

Ys games on Sega systems / developed by Sega
Sega Master System
Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen (1988)
Sega Mega Drive
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (1991)
Sega Saturn
Falcom Classics (Ys) (1997) | Falcom Classics II (Ys II) (1998) | Falcom Classics Collection (Ys / Ys II) (1999)