Soul Star X

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Soul Star X
System(s): Sega 32X, Sega Saturn
Publisher: Core Design
Developer: Core Design
Planned release date(s):

Sega 32X
1995-07[2], 1995-08[3][4]

Genre: Shoot-'em-Up
Number of players: 1
Status of prototype(s): Dumped

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Soul Star X is an unreleased "remake" of the Sega Mega-CD game Soul Star. It was originally planned for the Sega 32X (before being later moved to the Saturn and was to be released in late 1995. Primarily it would have acted as a graphical upgrade, with the gameplay itself being largely identical to the original.

Soul Star X was previewed in several magazines of the era, but was cancelled (along with an Atari Jaguar port, simply known as Soul Star) for unknown reasons. A heavier focus was put into pre-rendered 3D imagery than its "predecessor". It is not entirely sure how far the 32X version got in development before it was scrapped - it is suspected that the Atari Jaguar version got further, and as the two versions looked largely identical, Jaguar screenshots were used in place of 32X ones. The game was featured in C&VG issue #157 (December 1994).

An early prototype of Soul Star X was unearthed in 2010, demonstrating little more than the first and third stage. Coincidentally, a more finished Jaguar prototype was also released, which also locks up after the third stage (though unlike the 32X prototype, the second stage is playable).

Magazine articles

Main article: Soul Star X/Magazine articles.


Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega 32X
CRC32 6472bae4
MD5 84a09aec8a520b274a7e577ff8a29317
SHA-1 9583545e15266d3f90a5cb57961908206e4543f7
5MB Cartridge (US)