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Phantasy Star

October 21, 2015

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Phantasy Star is the premiere Sega Master System JRPG and one of the early pioneers of the genre.

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Data

Alternate Titles ファンタシースター (Japan)
Genre RPG
# of Players 1
Developer(s) Sega R&D4
Publisher(s) Sega (JP, NA, EU)
TecToy (BR)
Release Dates December 20th, 1987 (Japan)
November 1988 (NA)
1988 (EU)
October 1991 (BR)
19?? (KR)
Release Prices ¥6,000 (Japan)
$69.99 (NA)
£39.95 (EU)
? (BR)
? (KR)
Product IDs G-1341 (Japan)
9500 (NA)
9500 (EU)
029010 (BR)
GB4014KS (KR)
Barcodes 4974365143411 (JP)
010086095005 (NA)
Rating N/A

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Phantasy Star Screenshots

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Phantasy Star gameplay


Japanese commercial


Fan-made commercial

Phantasy Star Artwork

Here’s some artwork from the Japanese and North American manuals.

Wallpaper

Here are our Phantasy Star wallpapers. We’re always looking for more. If you have some, let us know in a comment below or contact us directly!

Scans

You can download a PDF of the North American manual here, along with the Japanese manual here.

Here’s the North American print ad for Phantasy Star.

phantasy star na print ad

Here’s TecToy’s print ad for the game in Brazil.

phantasy star br print ad

Merchandise

You can find some PS art and information in the Phantasy Star compendium book (also known as Phantasy Star Koushiki Settei Shiryoushuu (ファンタシースター公式設定資料集)) produced by Sega and published by SoftBank in late 1995. You can find some scanned translations of the book here.

Phantasy Star Koushiki Settei Shiryoushuu front cover

There is a little bit of PS content in the 25th Anniversary Phantasy Star Visual Chronicles book (ISBN #: 4047288853) released on March 30th, 2013 by Enterbrain. A good bit of it’s 192 pages are devoted to the more recent Phantasy Star Online 2, though. Since the book is fairly recent, you can actually still order a copy from Play-Asia!

25th Anniversary Phantasy Star Visual Chronicles front cover

Released in Japan during December of 1993, The World of Phantasy Star is a 130 page book focused primarily on Phantasy Star I and II. It was released to help promote Phantasy Star IV.

You can read a translated interview with the development team from the book here and a number of scans from it here.

the world of phantasy star dust jacket cover

An official hint book was released by Sega in Japan.

phantasy star I hint book front cover

There was a “Choose Your Own Adventure” style book from Futaba called Phantasy Star: Alisa’s Adventure. There’s 287 pages filles of black and white mostly original drawings to be found here. Very cool.

You can download a 7MB PDF of many pages of the artwork here. Thanks to PS Cave for the scans.

phantasy star alisas adventure book front cover

A one issue Japanese comic called Sega GameGag 1P was published in 1997. It features comic strips with various characters, including PS characters. You can check out the relevant pages below thanks to SMSPower!

Music from Phantasy Star (as well as PSII + PSIII) is available in Phantasy Star Collection Sound Collection 1 album from Rock-Za (Catalog #RS-1). It was published in November 1993 for ¥ 3,700 and is a 2 disc set. The first contains music from the games and the second features arranged versions. A second release from Rock-Za features music from PS IV only.

Ports & Remakes

-The game has been ported to many different platforms!

A limited release Mega Drive version titled Phantasy Star Fukkokuban (ファンタシースター 復刻版) was released on April 2nd, 1994 in Japan. It is just the Master System game with housing and a connector to make the Genesis play it. It was originally made available as a giveaway in the campaign for Phantasy Star IV, but was later pushed out as a regular release.

It was released in the Saturn’s Sega Ages: Phantasy Star Collection (SEGA AGES ファンタシースターコレクション) in Japan on April 2nd, 1998 for 4,800 yen. It has all four of the main PS games with a bunch of enhancements and options. You can play the games in katakana or hiragana and there’s an optional speed increase for party members in PS III. Some omake features were included on the disc, with arranged music, art galleries, and Japanese commercials for the games.

It’s also in the GBA Phantasy Star Collection released in the US on November 26th, 2002 and in Europe on March 7th, 2003. This compilation features the first three main games in the series. This compilation has an exclusive feature the others do not: the chance for Phantasy Star 1 to crash when saving. Yuck.

The PS2 saw the release of Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 32: Phantasy Star Complete Collection (SEGA AGES 2500シリーズ Vol.32 ファンタシースター コンプリートコレクション) on March 7th, 2008 in Japan for 2,500 yen. The game would later be available on the PS3’s PSN service on December 19th, 2012.

This compilation features all four main entries again along with the Game Gear and Mega Drive side games, all emulated and collected on one disc. It has some additional options, like speeding up the walking of your party in the first Phantasy Star.

The PS3 and Xbox 360 saw the release of Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection in North American, Europe, and Australia; all released in February of 2009. The original Phantasy Star is unlocked by defeating the first boss in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with 2 players.

Phantasy Star can also be found on the Wii’s Virtual Console service.

It is the only one of the original four Phantasy Star games to not be available on Steam, but I suppose you could just emulate it on a PC anyway.

-A remake in the Sega Ages 2500 series called Sega Ages 2500 Vol 01: Phantasy Star Generation 1 was released for the PS2 in Japan. It features new graphics, sound, and additional story content. You now also have to talk to some people in order to advance the story at times. You can download an English translation patch for the game here.

Guides

Sega of American provided hints for the game through the mall if you requested them. You can view Phantasy Star’ here.

Cheats & Secrets

Action Replay Codes

00C4X1FF Infinite HP (keeps showing 255)
00C4X2FF Infinite MP (keeps showing 255)
00C4X5FF Maximum Level (keeps showing 255)
00C4X6FF Maximum HP – “Status” screen (keeps showing 255)
00C4X7FF Maximum MP – “Status” screen (keeps showing 255)
00C4X8FF Maximum attack points (keeps showing 255)
00C4X9FF Maximum defense points (keeps showing 255)

Note: on the above codes, replace the X on the code for a number from 0 to 3 to apply the codes for Alis (0), Myau (1), Odin (2) or Noah (3).

Credits

Total Planning:
Ossale Kohta (Kotaro Hayashida)

Story by:
April Fool

Scenario Writer:
Ossale Kohta

Assistant Coordinators:
Finos Pata
Otegami Chie
Gamer Miki (Miki Morimoto)

Total Design:
Phoehix Rie (Rieko Kodama)

Monster Design:
Chaotic Kaz

Design:
Rockhy Nao (Naoto Ohshima)
Sadamorian (Koki Sadamori)
Myau Choko (Takako Kawaguchi)
G Chie
Yonesan (Hitoshi Yoneda)

Sound:
Bo (Tokuhiko Uwabo)

Soft Check:
Works Nishi (Akinori Nishiyama)

Assistant Programmers:
Com Blue
M Waka (Masahiro Wakayama)
Asi

Main Program:
Muuuu Yuji (Yuji Naka)

Presented by:
Sega

External Links

Wikipedia page

Phantasy Star @ PS Cave

Buy Phantasy Star on Amazon

Search for the game on eBay

Special Thanks / Sources

Sega8bi for the Helpful Hints sheet scan.

SMSPower for the Action Replay Codes and some scans.

PS Cave for some information and scans.

SegaRetro for additional release data.

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