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Phantasy Star

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Title Screen

Phantasy Star

Developer: Sega
Publishers: Sega (JP/US/EU), Tec Toy (BR), Samsung (KR)
Platform: Sega Master System
Released in JP: December 20, 1987
Released in US: 1988
Released in EU: 1988
Released in BR: 1991


CopyrightIcon.png This game has hidden developer credits.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


NotesIcon.png This game has a notes page

Phantasy Star, which began Sega's epic RPG series and is on its own half the reason to buy a Master System. Explore three planets with wildly differing climates, and wildly similar dungeons.

Unused Items

Don't get distracted, Alis!

Items "M SYSTEM" and "ZILLION" exist in the list of items and can be added to the inventory via save editing, but do not appear to have any effect. They are likely a reference to the Sega Master System and the game Zillion, respectively.

Backup RAM Credits

The following phrase is found in the ROM at 0x807.

PHANTASY STAR   
      BACKUP RAM
PROGRAMMED BY   
       NAKA YUJI

Regional Differences

Japanese Version

Several items got renamed between the Japanese and international versions.

Japan International
Perolimate Burger
Ruoginin Cola
Berry Nut
Magic Lamp Light Pendant

Korean Version

International Release Korean Release
Alis can breathe in space?! No pink-skirted girls in this game!

The Korean version featured a radically different title screen, removing Alis in favor of a more generic space scene. The rest of the game is apparently unchanged, other than the translation.

Revisional Differences

Phantasy Star Collection (GBA)

In the original English-language release, the Governor tells you "IN THE MAHARU CAVE LIVES AN ESPER NAMED NOAH. I WILL GIVE YOU A LETTER OF INTRODUCTION TO PRESENT TO HER", though Noah is listed as a male everywhere else. The GBA Phantasy Star Collection release changed this, using the pronoun "HIM".

Virtual Console

Hmmm...
To do:
Comparison screenshots

Like its Genesis sequel, the Virtual Console version of this game contains a plaintext, commented ASM patch. It basically removes every instance of a red cross in hospitals throughout the game. See the notes page for the raw patch code.