They run under any Windows XP, as long as you set the Regional Language Setting Preference to Japanese.
Umm... I must be doing something wrong then, as I can't get my Shing Tears Material Collection cdrom to function properly, and I did all that.
Now I want to order Ys I & II Complete along with Ys Origin. (I & II have fan translated enlish patches)
Ys I&II Complete is goood. I played it for several hours in one sitting one my old Win98 machine, which play Japanese games fine, I just couldn't recover any save data as the file was in Japanese text.
I think the US is a very small blip on Falcom's radar, sadly...they have a great cult following here that slowly grows, but it's still very small. If something like Suikoden can barely stay afloat in the US, than I don't see how Falcom's virtually unknown (but freaking QUALITY) product line even stands a chance. sad However, I think the chances are always improving, and we will see more and more tasty treats come over. You know Gurumin is coming here, ne? I wouldn't expect to see Legend of Heroes VI FC and SC follow shortly, and then maybe some Oath and Origin lovin...
I agree with you there most points, sva the one about LoH VI FC and SC.
As long as they translate and release the PSP ports somebody will buy them. Due to the lack of quality software, and quality rpgs released lately for the PSP (man, have NIS's recent deliverings been questionable or what?) those games are all but assured to make at least some money.
And as lousy as Bandai's translatons have been for the previous LoH games (it seems to me sales of LoH IV must have surprised them as LoH III followed it; it felt to me like they planned to skip III, then released it when they saw they could make cash from the series) I did enjoy them, and as large as a company as Bandai is, they can afford to mass market games. I've found LoH III at the Best Buys in my area, the game must have a decently sized print run for Best Buy to carry it.
And what do you mean by Suikoden barely staying afloat here? If the series didn't have appeal here I doubt Konami would have bothered to release Suikoden Tactics (i.e. the Suikoden series cash in game, Rhapsodia). I can't quite recall why they aren't releasing Suikoden I&II PSP here, but I don't think it has anything to do with lack of apeal, but more likely Sony trying to "quality control" the PSP games by monitoring the PS1 ports that get released over here. Though, quite frankly, I'd have much rather played Suikoden I&II than Popolocrois, but considering Popolocrois never came out before in the US, and it was a first party Sony dev-ed game, well, you can see where I'm going.
Ok, ending O.T rant now. Regardless, I want Ys Origin. And slightly, O.T. does Falcom's hp have any news on this so called Ys Online game I caught a snippet on from GAME Watch? Sorry, I don't have a link to the article anymore.