Barver Battle Saga: Tai Kong Zhan Shi
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|Barver Battle Saga: Tai Kong Zhan Shi|
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Publisher: Ka Sheng (TW), Piko Interactive (US), PixelHeart (EU)|
|Developer: Never Ending Soft Studio|
|Sound driver: Data East/High Seas Havoc|
|Number of players: 1|
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Barver Battle Saga: Tai Kong Zhan Shi – Mo Fa Zhan Shi (BARVER BATTLE SAGA 太空戰士 魔法戰士) is an unlicensed Sega Mega Drive role-playing game developed by Never Ending Soft Studio and published by Ka Sheng. Originally released exclusively in Taiwan in 1996, the game is notable for its relatively-high production values for an unlicensed title, and later received a popular English fan translation in 2010.
Sometime in the early 2000s, game was translated into Cyrillic and published in Russia as Final Fantasy. It features minor soundtrack changes and different packaging.
Humans and daemons develop civilization independently using technology and magic, respectively. Technology comes to triumph over magic, and the world is destroyed in an technological accident. Survivors continued without technology for a thousand years, until the old technology was discovered and returned to use.
Furthermore, the world is divided into four kingdoms, each representing one of the four natural forces and with four temples: Cruz, whose Moon Temple controls water, Galien, whose Sun Temple controls the earth, Zak, whose Star Temple controls technology, and Lear, whose Wind Temple controls wind.
Now the daemons have returned...
Enemies are visible on the map. Players have to touch an enemy to enter a battle.
The first version of the game was released in Taiwan in 1996. The original title translates to The Space Warrior – The Magic Warrior; the game reuses thematic elements from previous Final Fantasy games released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It also implements a battle system similar to the ones present in Final Fantasy IV – IX, with an ATB (Active Time Battle) gauge and summon spells.
Final Fantasy was released in Russia and CIS territories in early 2000s, at least four times by different companies.
A notoriously poor (seemingly computer-generated) translation to Russian by Chinese pirates was released as part of Magic Drive series (by BBG Electronics), Silver release series (by Simba's Video Games) and Saga series (by Kin Wai (Hong Kong) Investment Limited). Other than translating the text and changing the title screen, the Russian release also featuers different music throughout the game, including a different battle theme; the original battle theme from the Taiwanese version was changed to the victory theme in this version. Silver release had clarification book in Russian added to game.
New Game also released this game in it's own series but with different cartridge, which might suggest that game have another translation or it's the same as previous one, just in new cart.
In 2010 the game was fan translated to English by djinn and SteveMartin. The patch changed the title to Brave Battle Saga: Legend of the Magic Warrior, what makes this version similar to the Taiwanese original in dropping the connection with Final Fantasy in the title. Nevertheless, thematic elements from the Final Fantasy series are still present, since the gameplay remains unchanged.
Piko Interactive acquired the rights to this game (including the fan translation) and released the official English version in 2017 under the title Brave Battle Saga: Legend of the Magic Warrior.
- Main article: Barver Battle Saga: Tai Kong Zhan Shi/Magazine articles.
ROM dump status
|2MB||Two-byte difference with above ROM.|
|2MB||Referred to as "v0.9" in GoodGen.|
- https://pikointeractive.com/#!/Brave-Battle-Saga-The-Legend-of-the-Magic-Warrior-Backordered/p/93651781/category=14008387 (archive.today)
- https://www.pixelheart.eu/produit/brave-battle-saga-the-legend-of-the-magic-warrior-mega-drive/ (archive.today)
- https://pikointeractive.com/new-releases-and-important-announcements/ (Wayback Machine: 2019-04-18 05:36)
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