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Ys VIII will be offered as the next Nintendo Switch Online Game Trial in Japan, Nintendo has announced. Those with an active subscription can play the game entirely free between May 17 and May 23. Progress can be transferred to the full version.

Those interested in Ys VIII can also purchase the game at a discount between May 17 and May 30. It’ll be sold for 30 percent off.

If the Game Trial is offered in other regions, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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Falcom hasn’t had much of a presence on Nintendo platforms, but that has really started to change with Switch. The company’s biggest franchises – Ys and The Legend of Heroes – are now starting to be made more widely available on the platform.

Nippon Ichi Software has largely been responsible for bringing Falcom’s games to Switch (with Engine Software handling porting). Ys VIII, Ys IX, The Legend of Heroes Trails of Cold Steel III, and The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV are all on the console thanks to their support. Meanwhile, Clouded Leopard Entertainment are helping to put other entries in The Legend of Heroes series on the system, though they’ve only been announced for Japan and Asia at present.

In a recent issue of Famitsu, Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo spoke with the Japanese magazine about the company’s Switch support. He was joined by Nippon Ichi Software boss Sohei Niikawa with the two also discussing the recently-released Switch version of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV.

Here’s our full translation:

Clouded Leopard Entertainment and Falcom have dated the Switch version of The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki for Japan and Asia. It will launch on August 26, the two sides confirmed today.

Here’s an overview of the game, along with a trailer:

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox has secured a final release date on Switch. The action RPG will launch on July 6 in North America, July 9 in Europe, and July 16 in Oceania.

Here’s an official overview of the game:

Clouded Leopard Entertainment has set release dates for The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel I and II in Japan and Asia. The first game will release on July 8, followed by the second entry on August 5.

Both titles will feature Japanese audio in addition to Traditional Chinese/Korean/Japanese subtitles. English is not supported.

Here’s a brief overview of both games:

NIS America has released a new trailer for Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, the upcoming action RPG for Switch. Give it a look below.

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox arrives on Switch this summer.

Previously due out on February 18th, the Asian version of The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki is delayed an additional week to February 25, 2021. As a reminder, this release will include Japanese voice-overs with Traditional Chinese and Korean subtitle options. There is no known reason for the delay. Currently, a western and Japanese release are not currently announced.

NIS America has set a final release date for The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV on Switch. The RPG will arrive on April 9 in North America and Europe, then on April 16 in Oceania, the company confirmed today.

Here’s an overview of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV:

Clouded Leopard Entertainment and Falcom have shared more on the just-announced Switch version of The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki. Aside from a press release containing additional details, we also have a new batch of screenshots.

Here’s the full rundown:

During Falcom Day 2020 Winter, another entry in The Legend of Heroes series was confirmed for Switch. Hajimari no Kiseki is in the works for Nintendo’s console, Falcom and Clouded Leopard Entertainment announced.

The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki previously released for PlayStation 4 in Japan this past August. A western release hasn’t been announced as of yet, though it’s possible that localization will happen later on. NIS America has started to gradually bring over some of the series’ latest releases. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III made it to Switch a few months ago, which will be followed by Trails of Cold Steel III in 2021.

Here’s a previous trailer for The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki: