Nihon Falcom

Falcom is a gaming studio older than most of you, here's its secret for survival

Falcom is a gaming studio older than most of you, here's its secret for survival

Ron Duwell

Ys and The Legend of Heroes developer Nihon Falcom is a living, walking treasure of the video game world. At 36 years old, it’s one of the few holdovers from the Golden Age of Gaming back in the 1980s when Japanese companies rewrote the rulebook and gave games another three decades of life. Capcom, Square Enix, Nintendo, Bandai Namco, SEGA… with the apparent passing of Konami, it’s a...

The Ys franchise is older than most Twitch streamers, watch this trailer and become a fan

The Ys franchise is older than most Twitch streamers, watch this trailer and become a fan

Ron Duwell

Go on, what do you have to lose? You’re only missing out on a treasure of the video game world and one of the few franchises that has survived three turbulent decades of video gaming. Ys has been around longer than a majority of Twitch’s user base, and yet, even after all these years, Nihon Falcom’s excellent series can’t find the same love as its contemporaries. You might have heard of...

Ys VIII's entrancing soundtrack uploaded to spotify, NipponIchi schools you on its history

Ys VIII's entrancing soundtrack uploaded to spotify, NipponIchi schools you on its history

Ron Duwell

I rant and rave about Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, and Super Mario existing for 30 years and being the pillars of both my personal gaming life and the foundation of video games in general. It is true that very few series have run as consistently and with such frequency for that same amount of time, but Nihon Falcom’s Ys is one of these few exceptions. The first game was released...