Bandai Gundam HGUC High Grade 1/144 Blue Destiny III (Release in late September)
Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story is a trilogy of Sega Saturn video games set in the fictional universe of Gundam, released between 1996 to 1997. On 27 August 1997, three games were rereleased into a compliation package as Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story THE BLUE DESTINY. The three MSGSS video games were published between September 1996 and March 1997, together forming the complete Blue Destiny story. Later, manga author Mizuho Takayama penned an adaptation of the games in Haoh Magazine, titled Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story THE BLUE DESTINY, but the publisher folded before the story could be completed. Though it is mostly faithful to the video games, the manga's unique elements, including new characters, are viewed as non-canon. TOKYOPOP released a translation of the manga in America, titled Mobile Suit Gundam Blue Destiny. Characters and Gundams from The Blue Destiny manga were also featured in the GameBoy Advance game "SD Gundam G Generation". On 15 October 2002, the novelized version by Yuka Minakawa was published by Kodansha.