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The Legendary Starfy series

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The Legendary Starfy
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Creator: Nintendo/TOSE
First game: Densetsu no Starfy (2001)
Best-selling game: Densetsu no Starfy 2 (298,967 copies)
Latest game: The Legendary Starfy (2009)
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The Legendary Starfy series[1], known in Japan as the Densetsu no Stafy series, and also known as the Starfy series is a series of games starring the "legendary" Starfy, a starfish like creature with traits of a celestial star and the prince of the Pufftop Kingdom (テンカイ, Tenkai; Sky World/Sky Ocean).


All official games in the series carry the Densetsu no Stafy (Legendary Starfy) or The Legendary Starfy naming (discounting a minor now defunct official Nintendo Flash game called Kyorosuke-sama no Chara Shindan).

Before the release of the fifth game overseas (The Legendary Starfy), official media has also referred to the first game as Legend of Stafy[2] or The Legend of Stafy.[3] Stafy (スタフィー) is the official romanisation of Starfy in Japan. In South Korea, The Legendary Starfy is a registered trademark.[4]

Gameplay elements

Players control Starfy and/or his sister Starly to solve a crisis which hit a kingdom (normally the Pufftop Kingdom except for Densetsu no Starfy 4 where the crisis is in the Amiy Kingdom or The Legendary Starfy (the fifth game) where the crisis affects both Starfy's world and Planet Bunnera). Joining Starfy on his adventures are Starfy's best friend Moe the clam. His younger sister Starly was only introduced from Densetsu no Starfy 3 and onwards.

In Densetsu no Starfy 4, Starfy is also joined by his crush, a pink fish maid known as Mattel (who also makes a minor appearance in Super Princess Peach slightly before Densetsu no Starfy 4's release date) and Starly also has a crush on the blue fish Prince Coral. In The Legendary Starfy, another main supporting character was introduced known as Prince Bunston; a rabbit and the prince of Bunnera Castle on Planet Bunnera.

In Japan, Nintendo's official genre label is "Marine Action", though the games are generally regarded as platform games for more traditional genre categorising. Sometimes gameplay has Starfy or his younger sister Starly swimming across the water in a way that feels like gliding across the screen without platforms, though gameplay also includes platformer elements which take place out of water.

Another gameplay element involves pushing and moving around objects. This is a possible carry-over from various prototypes which formed the conceptual basis of the first game, before its direction as Starfy as the Prince of Pufftop was finalised.

All games in the series have a plot element that causes Starfy to fall from Pufftop into the ocean or leave Pufftop to explore stages, help out other characters and learn about them, fight against enemies and bosses, investigate and eventually fight against an arch-villain (Ogura in the first two games, Evil in the third game, Degil in the fourth game, Mashtooth in the fifth game). Although platform/action games, the games are known for their relatively large amount of texts, most being from skippable interactions with characters.


Game JP release NA release EU release AUS release KOR release Platform
Main Games
Densetsu no Starfy 2002 N/A N/A N/A N/A Game Boy Advance
Densetsu no Starfy 2 2003 N/A N/A N/A N/A Game Boy Advance
Densetsu no Starfy 3 2004 N/A N/A N/A N/A Game Boy Advance
Densetsu no Starfy 4 2006 N/A N/A N/A N/A Nintendo DS
The Legendary Starfy 2008 2009 N/A 2009 N/A Nintendo DS


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The untitled balloon/bubble pushing games were prototypes for what would become Densetsu no Starfy, and then Densetsu no Starfy (Game Boy Color), before being converted to the Game Boy Advance version. At one point Starfy was not conceived yet and a jellyfish-like character was an alternative consideration that was ultimately not chosen, but may have become a similar character in the final game such as the Jueri.

In a Nintendo Space World prototype (not located today) of a Game Boy Color demo/build, the character Moe (Kyorosuke) was instead called Kyororon.

According to two unearthed prototypes, one dumped; localizations of Densetsu no Starfy were planned or considered for the West and China (iQue). The English prototype matches up with a Nintendo Treehouse account of profanity by an "ancillary character" in a The Legendary Starfy game (though they do not specify which game or character), which was rejected within the group. In the English prototype, Moe swears.

During development, the first game had a debug menu, and a debug menu with an access method still present in the final version was datamined by User:Torchickens and Nensondubois for The Cutting Room Floor. An account at the time states a debug menu was shown at Space World as well, and the later discovered English prototype appears to have a debug menu like the final version, with additional later documented debug functions. In fact, it was discovered TOSE use the same type of debug menu for Game & Watch Gallery 4 and curiously the non-Nintendo game Dan Doh!! Tobase Shouri no Smile Shot.

The fifth game The Legendary Starfy was localized for North America and Australia, and there are obscure Canadian variants, but it's believed while packaging is different they are all the same ROM (the North American and Australian dumps are exactly the same, at least).

For unknown reasons, the fifth game was not released in Europe. A trademark for The Legendary Starfy in South Korea was applied, but the game was never released there either.

In a 2009 teleconference between TOSE, Nintendo and Nintendo Life, when Hitoshi Yamagami was asked about a sixth game, he is stated to have replied with "Yes!" with a long pause and then a laugh, but no sixth The Legendary Starfy game has materialised.

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