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Blue Almanac

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































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,700 T-46013
Sega Mega Drive
World
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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).

Promotional material

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SegaVisions US 07.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #7: "Winter 1991/1992" (1991-xx-xx)
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EGM US 032.pdfEGM US 032.pdf

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

Physical scans

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
BlueAlmanac MD JP CartTop.jpg
BlueAlmanac MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Bluealmanac md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, World (Star Odyssey)
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Cover

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.
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 0b670a3e
MD5 2f1090251c3178c9136de360a13dfa1b
SHA-1 791ee690b2929d4edfda22ff23d7cfd74376299e
2MB 2011 Cartridge (World) Super Fighter Team version.

External links

References

  1. File:GamePro US 023.pdf, page 38
  2. File:GamePro US 036.pdf, page 48
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://hiddenpalace.org/Star_Odyssey_(Jan_16,_1992_prototype)