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Star Ocean [Model SHVC-ARFJ-JPN]

Nintendo Super Famicom cart. published 25 years ago by Enix

Star Ocean [Model SHVC-ARFJ-JPN] screenshot

Listed and emulated in MAME.

Star Ocean © 1996 Enix, Limited.

Action role-playing video game, first in the Star Ocean series. The story involves three friends who, while searching for the cure to a new disease, come into contact with a space-faring federation that is locked in a war with another galactic power. Using advanced technologies and time travel, the group attempts to uncover the cause of the war and to find a cure for their planet.

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TECHNICAL

Cartridge ID: SHVC-ARFJ-JPN

The game used a special compression chip (the S-DD1) in its cartridge to compress and store all of the game's data due to possessing graphics that pushed the limits of the Super Famicom.

Star Ocean stretched the power of the Super Famicom to its limits, with a total of 48 megabits of data.

TRIVIA

Released on July 19, 1996 in Japan and never released outside due to Enix closing its American branch shortly before the game was finished, as well as Nintendo's focus on supporting the then-upcoming Nintendo 64 video game console.

It was the first game developed by tri-Ace, consisting of staff that had previously left Wolf Team due to being unhappy with the development process for Tales of Phantasia with Namco in 1995.

After Tales of Phantasia was completed, some of the game's designers felt that the core skill and item systems were too generic, and for their next game they would make a much deeper gameplay experience. To deepen the story, the private action system was created to reveal more of the characters history, personality and relationships, but the score the game generated from various choices was hidden from players since there was no "right" or "wrong" story path. In order to tell a bigger story, space was chosen as the setting.

Planning for a sequel began as soon as development was completed on Star Ocean.

STAFF

Cast: Hiro Yuki (Ratix Farrence), Nobuyuki Hiyama (Dorn Marto / Joshua Jerand), Konami Yoshida (Milly Kiliet / Fear Mell), Akira Okamori (Ronixis J. Kenny), Wakana Yamazaki (Iria Silvestoli / Perisie), Hiroki Touchi (Cius Warren), Nozomi Nonaka (Marvel Frozen), Kazuhiko Inoue (Ashlay Barnbelt / Jie Revors), Takuya Fujisaki (Tinek Arukena), Robert Belgrade (Captain), Julie Openheimer (Science Officer)
Game Design: Masaki Norimoto
Total Program & Scenario: Yoshiharu Gotanda
Graphic Design: Yoshiaki Inagaki, Tadashi Hamada, Mari Kimura, Kenichi Kanekura, Yumiko Nishitani
Music: Motoi Sakuraba
Director: Joe Asanuma
Field Program: Hiroya Hatsushiba
Camp Program: Chikaaki Tokuhiro
Event Program: Makoto Yamamoto
Assistant Design: K. Kawakami, K. Miyamoto, J. Sato, N. Sasaki, K. Minagawa
Based on 'Star Ocean' Written by: Yoshiharu Gotanda
Character Design: Ko Uchiyama (Meimu)
Casting Coordinate: Atsushi Fujimoto
Assistant Coordinate: Yumiko Muto (Gosaydo)
Sound Engineer: Koichi Imazaki
Assistant Mixer: Masaya Sakata
Interpreter: Yuki Kaida
Mixing Studio: Mitomo VTC
Cooperate: Kailas Inc., Gosaydo
Public Relations: Yoshihisa Saito, Takashi otsuka
Sales: Hajime Kanie, Masaharu Katsuragi, Tsutomu Yamada, Yuken Furo, Takayki Masuda, Kaori Shiozawa, Keiko Fujita
Art Work: Naoki Oishi
Technical Support: Sadao Yahagi, Kazufumi Honma
Management Support: Noriko Nakanome
Arbeit Manager: Kenjiro Kano, Hiroshi Sato
Test Players: Kan Ikeda, Kazunori owada, Yoko Kagaya, Kouji Matsuda, Takayuki Futaki, Shinichi Koda, Masayoshi Miyakoshi, T. Suzuki, A. Yamada, Koichi Iwase, Tsuyoshi Koyama, N. Kasai, Mizuho Suwa, Akiko Tange, H. Kubota
Enix Staff: Shinji Futami, Jun Toda, T. Watanabe, Daisuke Kobayashi, Shinji Wachi, Hiroki Fujimoto, Yoshihisa Saito, Yuuchi Kikumoto, Hitoshi Suinou, Taichi Inuzuka, Mariko Numajiri, Youichi Hayakawa, H. Tanaka, Etsuko Shimamura
Producer: Yoshinori Yamagishi
Production: Yukinobu Chida, Keiji Honda
Publisher: Yasuhiro Fukushima

Created by tri-Ace.
Presented by Enix.

SOURCES

Game's ROM.