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Lunar Silver Star Story
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
Developer:
Publisher(s) of original games: Game Arts
System(s): Sega Saturn
Original system(s): Sega Mega-CD
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (2 tracks)
Peripherals supported: Movie Card (Complete)
Genre: RPG































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥6,800 T-27901G
Sega Saturn
JP (Complete)
¥6,800 T-27904G



Lunar Silver Star Story (ルナ シルバースターストーリー) is an update to Lunar: The Silver Star released by Game Arts in 1996. It was first released on the Sega Saturn exclusively in Japan before receiving a worldwide release on the PlayStation. It had a sequel, Lunar 2: Eternal Blue, released in 1988.

An improved version called Complete or MPEG-Ban (ルナ シルバースターストーリー MPEG版) was released later.

History

Release

The Saturn version sold 115,343 units during its first week on sale in 1996 and went on to sell 200,035 units in Japan overall as of April 1999.[1]

Versions

The Saturn and PlayStation versions of Lunar Silver Star Story are broadly the same, however without the Video CD Card, all full motion videos in the Saturn version are played at a lower resolution than on the PlayStation. With the Video CD card, the roles are reversed.

Being released a two years later later in late 1998, the PlayStation version offers a number of minor enhancements over its Saturn counterpart, including shorter loading times and minor changes to graphics and audio (the logo, for example, has a strip of silver on the PlayStation). In the US, the PlayStation version refers to itself as Lunar Silver Star Story Complete, presumably to highlight the enhancements, though from a gameplay perspective is not thought to be any more "complete" than the Saturn original.

Production credits

Cast
  • Alex: Akira Ishida
  • Luna: Kyoko Hikami
  • Nall: Junko Hagimori
  • Ramus: Yasuhiro Takato
  • Nash: Daisuke Sakaguchi
  • Mia: Yoko Asada
  • Jessica: Haruna Ikezawa
  • Killy: Tomokazu Seki
  • Temujin: Yasunori Masuya
  • Xenobia/Remilia: Aya Hara
  • Phacia/Pilya: Sakura Tange
  • Royce: Machiko Toyoshima
  • Laike/Dyne: Akio Otsuka
  • Ghaleon: Kiyoyuki Yanada
  • Fidy/Mel/Myght: Yuusaku Yara
  • Producer: Youichi Miyaji
  • Scenario Director: Kei Shigema
  • Director of Event Movie: Toshiyuki Kubooka
  • Screen Play Director: Toshio Akashi (Ikusabune)
  • Game Director: Masaaki Ando (Japan Art Media)
Scenario Staff
  • Original Story: Studio Alex
  • Story: Kei Shigema, Toshiyuki Kubooka, Toshio Akashi, Takashi Hino
  • Main Game Scenario: Ryoushirou Hasukawa (Tenpu)
  • Game Scenario: Ryoushirou Hasukawa (Tenpu), Daisuke Tazawa, Takahiro Hasebe, Kei Shigema
  • Image Board: Hajime Sato
Game Staff
  • Game Design: Japan Art Media
  • Main Programmer: Shigeyuki Sata
  • Battle Programmer: Masaaki Ando, Tsuyoshi Tanaka
  • System Programmer: Miyuki Inoue
  • Music Programmer: Tsuyoshi Tanaka
  • System Design: Tomonori Sugiyama (Vanguard), Shin Ito (Vanguard)
  • Battle Balance: Go Sugiyama (Vanguard), Toru Yamazaki (Vanguard)
  • Trap Design: Tomonori Sugiyama (Vanguard), Kazuhiro Ohtahara (Vanguard)
  • Text: Mitsuru Takahashi, Shigeyuki Sata
  • Character Demonstration: Mitsuru Takahashi, Shigeyuki Sata, Masaaki Ando
  • Map Designer: Junichi Kamiya, Ryuichi Nawamura, Hidenori Sato, Tsuyoshi Suzuki, Kyosuke Naito, Shinichi Shibazaki, Kouzi Shinozaki, Junichi Kashiwagi, Masaki Kurosawa, Erika Kame (Neverland)
  • Battle Map Designer: Ryuichi Nawamura, Kazumitsu Bokuzen
  • Character Graphic: Naoko Sakurada, Daisuke Ito, Hirohisa Suzuki, Sachiko Yokose, Toshimasa Fukuyama
Animation Staff
  • Storyboard/Character Design: Toshiyuki Kubooka
  • Key Animation Supervisor: Takeshi Honda, Masami Ozone, Moriyuki Matsutane, Keiichi Sato, Mahiro Maeda, Toshiyuki Kubooka
  • Animater: Tomohiro Hirata, Masami Ozone, Shoichi Masuo, Kunihiro Abe, Masahiko Okura, Hiroko Yoshizawa, Hiroaki Gouda, Yasushi Shingo, Tatsuo Yamada, Susumu Yamaguchi, Junichi Hayama, Koji Sugiura, Michinori Chiba, Tomohiro Kawahara, Ritsuko Watanabe, Takaaki Fukuyo, Toshiharu Murata, Noriyuki Matsutane, Akeri Funato, Takeshi Honda, Mahiro Maeda, Toshiyuki Kubooka
  • Inbetween Checker: Tomoyuki Hou, Sachiyo Hiraide, Sachiko Kobayashi
  • Inbetweeners Thanks to: Triangle Staff, Oh! Production, Wonbat, Studio Takuranke, Zero G Room, Studio Live, Dangun Pictures, Whisky Studio, Liberty, Line, Production I.G, Denki Gonzo
  • Character Color Designer: Waka Mizuho
  • Scan/Paint/2D Rendered: Raretrick, Jitensha, Daumu, Takahashi Production, T-2 studio, Tokyo Kids, Visual Work Shop, OLM, Denki Gonzo
  • Art Director: Masanori Kikuchi
  • Background Artists: Kusanagi, Studio Uni
  • 2D Digital Effect: Tudo Koubo, Big X
  • 3D C.G.: Toshio Akashi, Taku Sakuragawa, Hidenori Tanaka, Kenichi Iwaida
  • CGI: Denki Gonzo
  • Publicity Poster Thanks to:
  • Animation Director: Keiichi Sugiyama
  • Assistant Producer: Keiichi Kitada, Kazuki Tsunoda, Koji Nakano
  • Animation Producer: Shoji Murahama
  • Cinepak Data Creation: Sega Digital Studio
  • Animation Production: Gonzo
Face Windows Staff
  • Illustrator: Takeshi Mori
  • Graphicker: Waka Mizuho
Battle Mode Background Art Staff
  • Illustrator: Umanosuke Iida
  • Background Artists: Kazuo Ogura, Yuji Kihara, Yoji Nakaza, Nobuhito Sue, Kusanagi
Music Staff
Debugging Staff
  • Chief Debugger:
  • Test Player:
  • Title Logo Designer:
  • Supervisor:
  • Special Thanks to:
  • Kadokawa Shoten Staff:
  • Executive Producer: Tsuguhiko Kadokawa


Magazine articles

Main article: Lunar Silver Star Story/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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SSM JP 19960628 1996-10.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #24: "1996-10 (1996-06-28)" (1996-06-14)
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SSM JP 19961025 1996-18.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #32: "1996-18 (1996-10-25)" (1996-10-11)
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SSM JP 19961108 1996-19.pdfSSM JP 19961108 1996-19.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #33: "1996-19 (1996-11-08)" (1996-10-25)
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SSM JP 19970425 1997-13.pdf

PDF
Complete print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #49: "1997-13 (1997-04-25)" (1997-04-11)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №61, p94/95[2]
63 №411, p32
100 №59, p86[3]
77 №1996-19, p228[4]
90 №, p9Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[5]
Sega Saturn
84
Based on
5 reviews

Saturn, JP
LunarSSS Saturn JP Box Back.jpgLunarSSS Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
LunarSSS Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
LunarSSS Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc
LunarSSS Saturn JP Manual.pdf
Manual
LunarSSS Saturn JP Extra.pdf
Extra
Saturn, JP (Complete)
LunarSSS Saturn JP Box Back Complete.jpgLunarSSS Saturn JP Box Front Complete.jpg
Cover
LunarSSS Saturn JP Spinecard Complete.jpg
Spinecard
LunarSSS Saturn JP Disc Complete.jpg
Disc

References

  1. /www.japan-gamecharts.com/sat.php (archived 2008-12-30 00:53)
  2. File:ConsolesPlus_FR_061.pdf, page 94
  3. File:Joypad_FR_059.pdf, page 82
  4. File:SSM_JP_19961108_1996-19.pdf, page 230
  5. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 11


Lunar games for Sega systems
Sega Mega-CD
Lunar: The Silver Star (1992) | Lunar: Eternal Blue (1994)
Sega Saturn
Lunar Silver Star Story (1996) | Mahou Gakuen Lunar! (1997) | Lunar 2 Eternal Blue (1998)
Sega Game Gear
Lunar: Sanpo-suru Gakuen (1996)