After a fair amount of confusion regarding its actual release date, SEGA AGES Phantasy Star has officially arrived on Nintendo Switch today.
Initially, the title was expected to launch in Europe and North America in mid-November following comments made by Sega AGES lead producer and director Rieko Kodama (who just so happens to be one of the developers who worked on the original). As it turns out, the game was instead pushed to today, and fans of the original role-playing favourite can finally throw themselves back into the action on Switch.
Like all Sega AGES releases, Phantasy Star on Switch has been developed by retro development studio M2. To celebrate the game's release, Sega has shared some "lesser-known Phantasy Star facts"; we thought it would be rude not the share them with you.
SEGA Games History: Lesser-Known Phantasy Star Facts
- Director Kotaro Hayashida, pen name Ossale Kohta, makes a special NPC appearance in Phantasy Star as Alex Ossale, a reference to his work on Alex Kidd in Miracle World.
- Yuki Naka, creator of Sonic The Hedgehog, is the mastermind behind the highly innovative pseudo-3D dungeons.
- Enjoy all of the amazing music featured in the SEGA AGES release of Phantasy Star in the newly-added Sound Test feature.
- All of the flavor text in the Monster Compendium has been newly written for the SEGA AGES release of Phantasy Star.
You can find Phantasy Star on the Switch eShop as we speak for $7.99 / £5.99.
Will you be blasting your way through the game on Switch today? Do you have any Phantasy Star memories from back in the day? Let us know in the comments.