Japanese Exclusive Sega Mega Drive Space Adventure ‘Star Cruiser’ Fan Translated Into English

Star-Cruiser-Mega-Drive-Fan-TranslationWhen it comes to fan translation patches, we’ve all grown accustomed to the welcome arrival of newly accessible RPGs that never saw the light of day outside of Japan. Every once in awhile though we’ll see an obscure, unusual or different game which doesn’t entirely fit the turn based battling formula. The latest of these to turn our heads in an English localisation of the deep space adventure Star Cruiser on the Sega Mega Drive.

In what can only be described as a combination between Star Fox, Elite and Phantasy Star, this Japanese exclusive title also saw release on the NEC PC-88, NEC PC-98, Sharp X1 and the Sharp X68000 between the years of 1988 and 1990. While originally planned to hit North America in 1994 by Namco under a new name, but the game unfortunately found itself cancelled for unknown reasons.

The cancellation of Star Cruiser‘s localisation is somewhat of a surprise given how far ahead of its time the game was. With four solar systems and over thirty planets to traverse, your task is to traverse the galaxy in an attempt to take down an evil militaristic nation to restore the balance of power. The main portion of the game’s action is played out through primitive Super FX styled polygonal visuals, whilst the adventure and story elements take on a traditional 16-bit anime style.

With plenty on offer through gameplay, visuals, and a stellar soundtrack to accompany the action, this is one fan translation you don’t want to miss. Released as a .IPS patch, you’ll need the original Japanese Star Cruiser ROM to apply the patch to using the software LunarIPS. Additional work is still planned for this fan translation including a few fixes, however, those eager to explore the galaxy can download an earlier version of the patch now.

Star Cruiser (Sega Mega Drive) Fan Translation Gameplay

Link: Download Star Cruiser (Sega Mega Drive) Fan Translation Patch



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