N64 Game translations

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  1. Conker2012

    Conker2012 Intrepid Member

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    Whilst looking at N64 videos on Youtbue, I came across Yakouchuu 2


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    which I'd never heard of. It's a text based adventure game, with very good (for the old but great N64) static backgrounds, but sadly utterly unplayable unless you speak (or rather read) Japanese.

    It made me wonder what other great N64 games I'd missed because of the language barrier. So I thought I'd start a thread to discuss N64 games that were never released in English.

    Games that look interesting but don't contain English include Bangai-O


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    Custom Robo



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    and the third Goemon game, Goemon Mononoke Sugoroku


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    There are a few more (I don't know how many, I've just found the above by a quick search of Youtube), including even a train simulator, called Densha De Go!




    Of course, depending on the game type, some Japanese only games are more or less playable even if you can't read the text (such as Bangai-O), whereas others are utterly impenetrable (Yakouchuu 2).

    Fortunately, some of the best Japanese-only games, including Sin and Punishment (http://www.romhacking.net/translations/920/), and Wonder J2 (http://www.romhacking.net/translations/1074/) have been converted to English. There is a project to translate Doubutsu no Mori (http://www.romhacking.net/translations/1581/), but has that been completed, or is it still in beta? SimCity 64 (https://github.com/PeterLemon/N64/tree/master/Translate/SimCity-64) is currently being translated (the one I'm most looking forward too, as I've wanted to play this game since it was firstpreviewed in the English magazines). And the 64DD F-Zero X Expansion Kit (http://64dd.org/dumps.html) has been translated into English (you can play it in an emulator or using a flash cartridge like the Everdrive 64).

    If you are aware of any more translations then please post them here. Also, any N64 games that are deserving of translation, as I'd imagine that most non-Japanese speakers (like myself) won't have seen many of the Japanese games.
     
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  2. kennypecheur

    kennypecheur Site Supporter 2016

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    You are right, us occidental people have missed a lot of great games because we can't read Japanese. But I have bought Bangai-o and it is pretty easy to play it, even if you can't read Japanese :)
     
  3. AUSTIN PEYTON

    AUSTIN PEYTON Gutsy Member

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    cool never knew these games existsed except sin and punishment and bangai go both being treasure games.
     
  4. SubDrag

    SubDrag Rapidly Rising Member

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    It'd be great if someone translated Yakouchuu 2, but that's likely a tough job.
     
  5. jjona5

    jjona5 Spirited Member

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    I wish someone would translate simcity 2000.
     
  6. YamiHoshi.nl

    YamiHoshi.nl Spirited Member

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    Wait, wasn't Goemon already localised before?
    At least, I'm pretty much sure I played this game in a shop in Belgium, back when I were still a little girl...
    Luckily, I can speak and read Japanese, so I'll check if I can find Yakouchuu 2 in any Retro shop, here in Tokyo.
     
  7. rso

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    There's three games. "Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon" and "Mystical Ninja 2 Starring Goemon"/"Goemon's Great Adventure" got worldwide releases, but the third one shown above didn't. The translated ones were RPG-platformers though, iirc, not board games, so I dunno...
     
  8. YamiHoshi.nl

    YamiHoshi.nl Spirited Member

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    Oh, okay, that makes sense.
     

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