Blue Almanac

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Blue Almanac
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Kodansha Research Institute (Translation Super Fighter Team)
Genre: RPG

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,700 T-46013
Sega Mega Drive
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Blue Almanac (ブルーアルマナック) is a 1991 RPG for the Sega Mega Drive by HOT-B and the first Mega Drive game published by Kodansha Research Institute. While it was only released in Japan, a western release of the game, now retitled as Star Odyssey, was planned by Sage's Creation for release in July 1991[1], but the translation was cancelled for unknown reasons.

A version of Star Odyssey was reviewed by GamePro in its June 1992 issue, complete with a MSRP of $69.99, suggesting the game was close to a US release.[2]

Two prototypes were independently discovered by drx[3] and by Brandon Cobb, head of Super Fighter Team, who subsequently acquired a license to complete the translation from HOT-B successor company Starfish (who like to revisit old properties), with intentions on releasing it on the twentieth anniversary of the original release. Despite his PR claiming that he received an "unofficial license" from Sega to distribute the game, Sega really asked him to remove their copyrights and trademarks, consequently making the translation fully unlicensed (while Blue Almanac is fully licensed).

Magazine articles

Main article: Blue Almanac/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

SegaVisions US 07.pdf

Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #7: "Winter 1991/1992" (1991-xx-xx)

EGM US 032.pdfEGM US 032.pdf

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #32: "March 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

BeepMD JP 1991-01.pdfBeepMD JP 1991-01.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-01: "January 1991" (1990-12-08)
also published in:

BeepMD JP 1991-02.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-02: "February 1991" (1991-01-08)
also published in:

BeepMD JP 1991-04.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-04: "April 1991" (1991-03-08)
also published in:

BeepMD JP 1991-05.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-05: "May 1991" (1991-04-08)

BeepMD JP 1991-06.pdf

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-06: "June 1991" (1991-05-08)

Megadrive Fan 1991-07.pdf

Print advert in Mega Drive Fan (JP) #18: "July 1991" (1991-06-08)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
58 [7]
62 [8]
58 №132, [1]
30 №1991-05, p42
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
4 reviews

Mega Drive, JP
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BlueAlmanac MD JP CartTop.jpg
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Bluealmanac md jp manual.pdf
Mega Drive, World (Star Odyssey)
StarOdyssey MD Box Back.jpgNospine.pngStarOdyssey MD Box.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 7222ebb3
MD5 9679ee2799bf61dd97aaba0799e802ab
SHA-1 0be0d4d3e192beb4106c0a95c1fb0aec952c3917
1MB 1991-05 Cartridge (JP)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 fbbd7ef4
MD5 7fa5036db387a874e399e44659a28f96
SHA-1 7553f6c0d07c035c1e4761b1b26e52602fe2f06b
1MB 1992-01-16 CD-R disc[3] Localised US version. ROM header says 1991-10. Page
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 0b670a3e
MD5 2f1090251c3178c9136de360a13dfa1b
SHA-1 791ee690b2929d4edfda22ff23d7cfd74376299e
2MB 2011 Cartridge (World) Super Fighter Team version.

External links


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