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Phantasy Star

Sega Master System

Game Description:

Phantasy Star is a role playing game for the Sega Master System, and the first in the Phantasy Star series. It’s also one of the earliest JRPGs, and considered a pioneer in the genre. It was critically acclaimed for its scope, lush graphics, animations, 3D dungeons (a first for JRPGs), and for its blend of science fiction and fantasy elements.

Translation Description:

This patch retranslates the original Japanese game to give a whole host of improvements:

  • More faithful to the original Japanese script
  • Expanded script
  • Expanded menus and item names
  • Sound test and sound chip selection
  • Built-in cheats to make the game a little less tough/slow
  • Two custom fonts, with upper and lowercase letters
  • Expanded save slot names and three additional save slots
  • Fully compatible with old saves, the original cartridge (with ROM replacement) and of course for play on real hardware

This update also includes lots of script changes, faster scene changes, and bug fixes.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Phantasy Star (Japan)
  • No-Intro: Master System (v. 20180825-190228)
  • ROM SHA-1: C9A40DDD217C58DDDCD6B5C0FE66C3A50D3E68E4
  • ROM CRC32: 6605D36A


Screenshots: Patch Patch Patch Patch Images


ContributorType of contributionListed credit
z80gaidenHackingCore hacking and programming
MaximHackingProject manager, final hacking/programming
Paul JensenTranslationScript translator, editor
satsuTranslationAdditional translations
Frank CifaldiTranslationLocalization

User Review Information

The Pride of Algol

Reviewed By: vivify93 on 28 Mar 2020

I got into the Phantasy Star series in 2012. Obviously, the retranslation was out by then, so that would be my first experience with the series. I could not have asked for a better one! I’ve since played the original localization, and was shocked at how many directions and story details were omitted, so kudos to SMS Power! for retaining them in the retranslation.


  • Thanks to impressive hacking by z80gaiden and Maxim, dual line display for longer item names, as well as four lines per dialogue box.
  • Expanded dialogue with much clarification thanks to Paul, Frank, and satsu.
  • Intelligently written without seeming pretentious or inserting too many modern-day memes (Modern for 2008, at least).
  • Retained beautiful FM sound synth.
  • Ability to toggle between FM and PSG sound.


  • Inconsistent terms (Shion vs. Scion, for example).
  • Minor grammatical issues.
  • PSG tracks sound different from, and at times more grating than, the international releases (This may not stem from the translation, however).
  • No alternate patch utilizing international lore terms, e.g. Alis, Lassic (Not necessarily a bad thing, and I do commend SMS Power! for sticking to their vision).

This is overall recommended, if only for the fact that so long as you take notes, you don’t have to stumble about on a blind playthrough. It’s leagues beyond the official localization in many ways. This is the definitive Phantasy Star experience.

Version 1.02 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
The Pride of Algolvivify9328 Mar 20201.02Yes
Don't even play the original translation anymoreAnimation Guru05 Mar 2012N/AYes
Incredible!obscurumlux0125 Feb 2011N/AYes
Why the game was retranslatedrlafonte29 Jan 2009N/AYes