Gunbarich’s Translation (Nintendo Switch)
This popular Japanese arcade game finally hit the Nintendo Switch... along with a full English translation!
It's everyone's favorite green dinosaur, Yossy!
Vroom in the night sky’s Translation (Nintendo Switch)
Bad translation is alive and well, even on the newest game consoles - and this game proves it!
SLASH HERO Images (iOS)
This Japanese mobile game is a treasure trove of translation fun!
Breath of Fire II (Super NES) Localization Review
Let's take a look at this classic JRPG to see why its translation has such a lasting reputation.
Tomato Adventure Fan Translation Patch & Tools
If you're a fan of Mario & Luigi games or the Paper Mario games, this game is right up your alley!
Funky Fantasy IV: A Machine-Translated Video Game Experiment
If you like funny game translations (or linguistics & translation theory), this is for you!
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – Live Japanese Script Viewer
I made a custom tool to display the Japanese script live as I play the English game.
Let's Get Technical
A New Way of Playing Japanese and English Games Side-By-Side
Let's take a close look at how this experimental stream magic works!
How Items and Names Get Sorted in Japanese Games
The first Final Fantasy game puts items in a weird order. What's the deal, and how are words sorted in Japanese anyway?
A Look at Untranslated Text in Video Game Localizations
Forgetting to translate text is a basic pitfall of game localization - here's why, along with some famous examples!
Final Fantasy Tactics Has Little Money
AKA why... is... this... line... so... absolutely... slow... I... am... now... a... year... older...
Final Fantasy II/IV’s Mysterious Equipment Message
Two-handed items are usually smelly, but they're nice and fragrant when there are weird localization mistakes mixed in too!
An Inside Look at Video Game Control Codes!
Control codes are fun for the whole family! Come and see how video game translation is about more than just text!
Was This Line in Tales of the Abyss a Mistranslation?
Even a simple word like "new" can change dramatically in translation depending on the context!
Harvest Moon Lightening? Or Lightning?
When the harvest moon is full, typos rise from the grave to cause confusion.
What’s With the Dark Friar Attack in Illusion of Gaia?
Why does Freedan have a "Dark Friar" move? Is he secretly a member of a mendicant Christian religious order?
Breath of the Wild’s Ganon in English & Japanese
A good example of how a single translation can significantly effect an entire story.
Even Simple Jokes Are Tough to Translate
It's well-known that jokes aren't always easy to translate - here are two specific examples!
That One Time Lakitu Started Throwing Pipes
Let's take a quick look at the anatomy of a mistranslated name!
Going “Over 9000” in Street Fighter X Tekken’s Translation
Quotes about power levels have never been the same since Vegeta and Nappa.
A Look at Nintendo’s Recent Changes to Zelda 1
The Legend of Zelda has been quietly transforming over the years. Here's a look at its latest form!
Final Fantasy IX’s Famous “No Cloud, No Squall” Quote
This fan favorite line references two past Final Fantasy heroes, but what does it say in Japanese?
Mega Man V’s Ending Was a Bit Different in Japanese
Get equipped with Translation Beam!
What Do These Weird Lines in Goonies II Say in Japanese?
This 8-bit classic had some interesting text, some of which was lost in translation. Let's take a look at some of it!
What Is Splatoon’s “Stay Fresh” Catchphrase in Japanese?
Splatoon's localization is overflowing with squid puns, so how did this one work in Japanese?
Tootsie Pops and M&M’s… in a Japanese RPG?
The English localization includes real-life candy jokes, but what were they originally in Japanese?
What Did This Line About Gender Roles Say in Japanese?
Let's take a look at the Japanese and English versions of this line, as well as its broader context.
Why Does the Japanese Clash at Demonhead Script Mention Famicoms?
The Japanese script seems to mention Famicoms at one point, but why? And what does the English script say?
How is this Resident Evil 5 Door Pun Handled in Japanese?
Let's look at what sarcastic one-liners in English look like in Japanese!
What is This Mario & Luigi Sock Creature Named in Japanese?
This sucky sock has a Japanese name in English, so what is its name in Japanese?
The Time Suikoden’s Script Went Off The Rails
A party member suddenly becomes the narrator! What the heck happened?
How is the Metal Gear Name Explained in Japanese?
A scene in Metal Gear Solid 3 explains the meaning of the iconic name, but does it make more sense in Japanese?
What Does This Hidden Japanese Text in Link’s Awakening Say?
There's a set of silly, hidden lines in this classic game. But what did they originally say in Japanese?
Is This “LIE” Also In Japanese Metal Gear Solid 2?
The end of Metal Gear Solid 2 gets crazy - even individual words starts to play tricks with your mind! Was it the same way in Japanese?
Did Project X Zone 2 Reference These Things in Japanese?
This crossover game includes references from many different series and companies... a perfect mix for interesting localization choices!
Does Japanese Pokémon Reference Stand By Me?
This classic American movie is mentioned in early Pokémon game localizations... but what was it originally in Japanese?
Link’s Gender in Early Zelda Games
Japanese grammar and pronouns can have a profound effect on translation. Here are some classic examples!
Culex is Quite Different in Japanese Super Mario RPG
There's a secret boss in Super Mario RPG with Final Fantasy connections. What is he like in Japanese?!
The Black Manta’s Anti-Drug Message
Did this ninja policeman always share an anti-drug message? Let's check the Japanese version and see!
These ARE Supposed to be Jokes, Right?
Japanese puns can be hard to localize sometimes... but here's a time when it would've been easy!
Don’t Ever Litter the Litter!
When a shaman tells you not to litter, it's time to get confused.
The Latest Zelda Game is Such Doge
A localized meme attacks! What does the original Japanese text say?
Is This Robot Really Supposed to Tickle Girls?
Wait, what is that robot doing in the room? Get it away from me! Nooooo!
Why Is This Egg Tart Censored?
Have the English censors gone too far?! Or is this all an eggsageration? The answer will crack you up!
The Shenmue Girl Who Looks Like a Cat
This girl gets angry when she's compared to a cat. But why does she get THIS upset?
Did Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Just Suddenly Reference Alain?
Alain and Steven were characters in the Pokemon anime... but are they suddenly here in these game remakes too?!
Is Quina Called “S/he” in Japanese Too?
Quina does what Quina wants. You have problem?!
How Do You Save Japanese Lucca’s Mom in Chrono Trigger?
Lucca's mom goes on a conveyor belt journey. Is it any different in Japanese?
What Are These Japanese WarioWare Moves All About?
WarioWare's boxers, janitors, and bakers weren't always that way! What were they in Japanese, and why?
Oh My Gabrino! What Does This Xenogears Line Say in Japanese?
This rock-paper-scissors guy seems to spout random nonsense... a lot like me, actually!
Is Soul Blazer’s Prison Philosophical or Something?
What is a prison? Nothing but a miserable pile of people!
Were the Bananas in Final Fantasy Legend II Actually Drugs?
Oh, crap. Someone's been secretly trying to import bananas. That's messed up.
Is Her Name Palutena? Palthena? Parthena? Something Else?
Translating names across cultures and languages is like fighting the Minotaur in a labyrinth of insanity.
Why are the Bishops in Elminage Touching Things?
A Japanese dungeon crawler has bishops who apparently freak out when they touch things. What gives? Is it a translation goof?
Does Japanese Final Fantasy X Feature the Macarena?
Wait, what? Tidus knows about Earth music from the 1990s? What did he say in the Japanese version of Final Fantasy X?
Let’s Confirm the Origin of Fire in Harvest Moon!
Fire. Where does it come from? Harvest Moon Kid seems to know the answer to that!
Is Ridley from Metroid Really Native to Zebes?
Ridley is kinda like Godzilla with all the reappearances and mecha versions and whatnot. What is Ridley's origin, though?
Do Zelda’s “Like Likes” Come From a Japanese Proverb?
Nobody likes Like Likes, so where do they come from?! How did they get their name?!
Is This Pokémon Couple as Suggestive in Japanese?
This lovey-dovey couple in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver has an interesting Pokémon combination. Did the localizers do this?
Suikoden and the Googly-Goo Zombie
I have a lot in common with this zombie guy - I give information to people who wanna know it! And I talk like a baby when I do it.
Is Lance from Pokémon Supposed to be Sadistic?
Is the leader of the Elite Four gonna strangle you with his dragons' tails? Or is something else going on here?
Munching on “Sweet Tacos” in Japanese
This arcade game has some really interesting text, including something about "sweet tacos". What's that all about?!
Cave Story: Grasstown or Bushlands?
Cave Story is a story about a cave. Let's explore the cave a bit!
Final Fantasy VI and a Scrap of Paper
What does Banon say in Japanese when he finds trash lying around? Is it any different from his English reaction?
A Peek at Japanese Grand Theft Auto Localizations
Stop drinking that hot coffee and read about how Japanese gamers experience these classic GTA scenes!
Is the Starbeans Cafe Guy Actually Sad or What?
I can't believe this game is already this old! Where'd the time go? I gotta stop touching Fuzzy so much...
Killing “Weenies” in Last Blade 2?
Of all the ways to taunt your opponent, calling them a "weenie" isn't very effective...
Is Syfa from Castlevania III Male or Female?
One of my favorite early Castlevania games has more localization fun to it than I first realized!
How Does Geno Introduce Himself in Super Mario RPG?
No, Geno isn't swearing when he introduces himself. But, still, what DOES he say?
Does Japanese Disgaea Have a Horse Wiener?
Behold the ultimate zombie! Resident Evil doesn't have anything on this evil creation, dood!
Legit Translation… or Clever Fire Emblem Advertisement?
You know, a Mario-themed Fire Emblem game might be kind of cool. But for now we have to settle for Fire Emblem references in Mario games.
Let’s Take a Peek at Zero Wing’s “All Your Base” Translation!
It's time to move 'ZIG' and check out this infamous intro translation!
Bionic Commando and the Nerd Word
Why does this enemy soldier talk like a high school jock? What does he say in Japanese and in the Game Boy games? Let's nerd it up in here!
Is Helen Keller Seriously in this Japanese Video Game?
Let's journey into the center of this localization mystery! Also, this game is cool!
Is the Blitzball Kid in Final Fantasy X Really This Dumb?
This little kid might not be the smartest fellow, but at least he has hopes and dreams!
Is This Character in Pokémon X/Y Transgender?
Pokémon localizations seem to be filled with interesting changes concerning gender roles and cultural values! Here's another one!
Let’s Talk Aboot Those Dragon Quest IV Accents!
Many of the recent Dragon Quest localizations apparently use heavy accents - here's a look at a particularly interesting one!
What Is Sakurai Saying In This Old Smash Bros. Update?
'Tis the season for the latest Smash Bros. updates! Except on this site, where I'm stylishly late.
When PETA, Super Mario, and Game Localization Collide
Can controversy be localized? I'm not sure, that's actually a deeper question than I imagined when I typed it...
There’s a Localization Gem in this Generic Pokémon Clone
What do you call a dog creature with a flower for a butt? I couldn't think of a better name than this!
What’s With These Pooper and Retard Lines in Corpse Party?
Get your butter ready - it's time for a corpse party!
Does Japanese Mega Man Live in Monsteropolis?
Hey, everyone! Let's move to Monsteropolis! It's sure to be a nice, peaceful place to live!
Why Does That Skeleton Man Cluck Like a Chicken in Final Fantasy V?
Is this actually a dead chicken masquerading as a live chicken masquerading as a live old man? Whatever the case, I feel like chicken tonight!
Did Professor Oak Forget His Own Grandson’s Name in Japanese?
What kind of professor can't even remember his grandson's name? Or is he more obsessed with Pokémon than his own family?
Does Raiden Take a DOOMP in Japanese? And How Does George Talk?
How does this cyborg poop joke work in Japanese? THIS is what my university degree was for!
Is Watt from Paper Mario a Boy or Girl?
What is Watt? Why is Watt called a he half of the time but a she the other half of the time? Is this a translation goof of some sort? Let's investigate!
What’s So Funny About This Line in Phantasy Star IV?
Nintendo games aren't the only ones that are worth digging into - let's check out a scene from this ancient Sega RPG!
How Was Banjo-Kazooie’s Rhyming Text Handled in Japanese?
Banjo-Kazooie is mighty old, but let's look at it now 'cause I ate some mold!
Super Mario World’s Radical Special Courses… in Japanese!
What are the Japanese names of Super Mario World's special courses? Are they as gnarly as the English names? Or are they majorly where's the beef, gag me with a spoon?
Smell Ya Later, Pokémon!
Quick! What smell do you smell right now? Now you'll never forget where you were when you first read this article about Pokemon!
Why is Conversation Prohibited at the Well in Suikoden?
Wells are people too, you know. Be sure to talk to them whenever you can - they're pretty deep.
Super Paper Mario and Complaining on Message Boards!
Let's get technicaaaaal and check out this totally hot babe answering a bunch of nerd questions!
Does Jane Talk About English in Japanese Kingdom Hearts?
When is Disney gonna make a Kingdom Hearts animated movie? It seems like it's going to happen eventually, and that's when things start getting REALLY meta.
Is Breath of Fire’s Massage Scene Really a Massage Scene?
Why is it that every old man in Japanese entertainment is some kind of super pervert? I wonder if it's art imitating life or the other way around...
Ninja Turtle References in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance?
I can't believe that somehow Hideo Kojima, the Ninja Turtles, and Vanilla Ice are all somehow interconnected. It's the Illuminati!
What is Japanese Satan’s Name in Ghosts ‘n Goblins?
Darn you Ghosts 'n Goblins why won't you leave me alone you already destroyed my childhood seriously even your cheat code is insane garararagggaghh
Shanoa and the Castlevania II Reference
How many versions of this castle are there? It gets visited so often that they're pretty much going to run out of new years to place these games in!
Comedy Routines & More in Mario Party Advance
My favorite Japanese Super Mario Bros. pun translates as, "What is the square footage of a Shy Guy's house?"
Link, Zelda is Your…
What was Link's uncle trying to say in A Link to the Past? And what's with the weird names of those cane items? Let's dig into these mysteries!
Pocky & Rocky & the Adversary Monster
Just in time for the spooky Halloween season is a question about a Japanese ghost monster thing! It's not all that scary, though, maybe a 3 out of 10.
Gilbert and Sexual Innuendo in Legend of Mana
Avert your eyes if you're a shy and bashful human! But if you're a centaur, cool. You can read this then.
Is Breath of Fire II’s Mt. Fubi a Reference to Mt. Fuji?
We meet again, Breath of Fire II! Someday I will marry you... even if it's not legal to marry games yet.
Sabin’s Strange Line in Narshe
The Returners have reunited! Now it's time to go kick some Kefka butt! ...But wait, what the heck are you talking about, Sabin?
Pearl Fey’s Gravy Accident
Phoenix Wright games are full of localization. And murder. So here's an article about localization and murder. Please don't kill me
Thanatos and Tanatos in Kid Icarus: Uprising
Tanatos gets a name upgrade in the English version of Kid Icarus for the 3DS... but what happens in the Japanese version? Let's find out!
Tales of Vesperia, Raven’s Speech Style, and More!
Raven is only 35 but everyone calls him old all the time. In JRPG terms I must be getting old too, nooooooo
Dr. Robotnik and Eggman Team Up?
The Robotnik and Eggman thing continues to live on! It's making Bowser and Koopa and Peach and Toadstool jealous!
What are Mega Man “Robot Masters” Called in Japan?
Watch out! These wily robots are the masters of robotting! What term do they go by in Japanese, though?
You Got Disco in My Zelda!
So here's an article from the 2010s about a game from the 1990s in a series that began in the 1980s that has a reference from the 1970s. We have to go deeper!
What’s Up With the “D” Status Ailment in Final Fantasy IV/II?
Getting stoned is the best way to play Final Fantasy IV aka Final Fantasy II aka Super Golbez Bros.
What’s Up with the Ending to Midnight Wanderers?
Hooray! My first question about a somewhat lesser-known game... and an arcade game at that! Let's check out the ending text differences!
Was Samus Called a He in Japanese Too?
Metroid is cool because he's a robot that can turn into a ball! Also, I've learned not to search for 'Samus' online...
How Does Frog Talk in the Japanese Version of Chrono Trigger?
I doth verily proclaim that thisith game art stupendiferously excellentastic! How goeth thine localisation, howbeit?
MC Hammer in a Zelda Game? Vanilla Ice in a Japanese RPG?
Silly Westerners, your pop culture references are only for us!
A Very Quick Look at Japanese Shadowgate
Rumor has it that Japanese gamers consider Shadowgate one of the crappiest games ever. Is this rumor true? Let's take a peek!
A Look at the Metroid Series’ Varia Suit
The Varia Suit is one of the most common themes in all the Metroid games. Did you know that it's actually a mistranslation, though?
What’s Up with Mario Party Advance’s Kamek Krew?
The Kamek Krew in Mario Party Advance has some mad rap skills yo! But what was the original Japanese version like? Peep it, dawg!
Chun-Li: The Family Man
When translating a game, it's important to keep all possible scenarios in mind!
What’s the Donkey Kong 64 Rap Like in Japanese?
H-H-H...Here we go! So they're finally here, performing for you! If you know the words, you can join in too~
Does Ocarina of Time have Farting Cabbages?
I hear it's amazing when the famous giant farting cabbage in Hyrule space with a horse slingshot does a raw blink on Death Mountain! I need Biggoron!! 64!!
Son of a Submariner! Kefka’s Famous Line in Detail
Who even uses the word "submariner" in real life? Kefka apparently does. And yes, Final Fantasy VI is real life.
Are You a Bad Enough Dude to Rescue the President?
What did this army dude say in the Japanese version of Bad Dudes? In fact, what was Bad Dudes called in Japanese anyway?
What’s Up with the “I Am Error” Guy in Zelda II?
Who is Error? What is Error? Why would someone be called Error? What was he called in Japanese? Is there any sense to this madness?!
Resident Evil’s “Jill Sandwich” in Japanese
Resident Evil is about zombies who just want to eat Jill sandwiches really badly. So how does this key scene go in the Japanese version of the game?
Does Lyn Talk Like a Country Gal in Japanese Fire Emblem?
People say that the green-haired Lyn talks like a sweet country gal in the Japanese Fire Emblem game for the GBA. Does she? Let's find out!
How Dr. Robotnik Turns into Dr. Eggman!
That wacky scientist from the Sonic series underwent a name change in the English localization of Sonic Adventure - but what happened in the original Japanese version?
The Origin of Final Fantasy’s “I Will Knock You All Down!”
There's nothing like the threat of being knocked down to make you pee your pants! But what was Garland really saying in Japanese? Let's take a look!
Colored Toads in New Super Mario Bros.
It's time to kick off the Q&A stuff with a question about the Toad characters in New Super Mario Bros.!
Memorize This! A Look at Axel from Kingdom Hearts
So like there's this guy from this game about pretty boys and magic cartoon keys that destroy evil and he's all "Got it memorized?" and stuff all the time and it's like WHAT is your obsession with memorization dude?
Did You Know? People Used to Marry Pokémon All the Time
Get that honeymoon trip booked! It's time to get hitched to some Japanese critters, yeehaw!
Let’s Investigate a Miserable Pile of Secrets!
What is a man? English Dracula can answer that! But what does Japanese Dracula have to say about it? Let's find out!
A Look at Pokemon and Comfy Shorts
There's a kid in Pokemon who likes shorts. They're comfy and easy to wear. But what does he say in Japanese...?
Digging Up Castlevania II’s Graveyard Duck
Castlevania II has some wacky text sometimes, including one about a duck in a graveyard. What the duck?! What does it say in the Japanese version?!
What’s Up with River City Ransom and Barf?
What's the deal? Is there some sort of stomach flu going around? Let's check the Japanese version and see what's up!
What's That Say?
What’s Written on this Nopon Monado in Xenoblade X?
There's a Monado-like item in the new Xenoblade game... what does its symbol say?!
What Are the Japanese Boxing Ring Aliases in Smash Bros. Wii U?
All the characters have silly alternate names... and they're different in every version of the game!
What Does This Cat’s Text Say in Paper Mario Sticker Star?
Why is this cat waving in this Mario game? Why is it holding a coin? And what the heck is the coin saying?
What Do These Squiggles in Asura’s Wrath Say?
A mixture of foreign cultures and religions is a recipe for floating question marks above the player's head.
Ace Attorney Kanji and Japanese Typos
What does this Japanese thingy say? And are these English typos based on Japanese typos?
The Wonderful 101’s Wonderful Untranslated Japanese
I got a couple wonderful Wonderful 101 questions in a row, so let's take a wonderful look!
What Does This Kanji Say in Kirby Squeak Squad?
Squeak! Squeak! Let's look at some ninja kanji!
What Does This New Pokemon X/Y TCG Card Say?
Mega Blastoise is comin' at ya! And he's got some Japanese text with him!
Transformers for the Famicom – What Does the Ending Say?!
The ending to this game is understandably written in Japanese... but it uses English letters! What does it say?!
What Does That Weird Text in Ninja Games Mean?
The great thing about ninjas is that they're sneaky and enigmatic. Even ninja games translated into English still manage to confuddle people!
What Does That Japanese Guy in Dead Rising 3 Say?
Did they forget to translate this Asian guy's text in the game? Or is he just so badass that he CAN'T be translated?
What Does That Temple Text in the Ace Attorney Series Say?
There's funny squiggle writing in this lawyer game! What gives?
What Do Those Posters in Link’s Awakening Say?
While dumb ol' Congress was freaking out about Mortal Kombat, The Legend of Zelda was teaching kids to be criminals and get away with it!
What Does that Tourist Lady Say in Pokémon X/Y?
There's a tourist lady in this game that speaks entirely in Japanese! But what the heck is she saying? Let's find out!
What Does That Japanese Text in Akira Say?
I haven't seen or read any Akira stuff in a loooong time. But I remember it was completely insane. This is a look some less insane, background stuff.
Let’s Look at the Kanji and Ice Cream in Animal Crossing: New Leaf!
The best thing about kanji is not knowing what anything means but wearing it proudly anyway! Just, whatever you do, don't get a shirt or a tattoo with 痔, even if it looks like a kickass pagoda...
What Does That Japanese Stuff in .hack//G.U. Mean?
Do not be afraid... Burn this into your eyes!
What Do Those Monado Symbols Mean in Xenoblade?
Are the Monado symbols based on Japanese characters? Let's find out before it's Reyn Time!
What Does That Street Fighter II Sign Say?
Street Fighter fights take place all over the world, so there are signs in all sorts of languages. What do the Japanese signs say? Find out here!
What Do They Think?
What Do Japanese Fans Think of the CD-i Zelda Games?
The roles are reversed this time: let's take a look at what Japanese fans think of these English-language Zeldas!
What Do Japanese Zelda Fans Think of Linkle?
A new Zelda character was unveiled recently. Here's how Japanese Zelda fans responded!
What Do Japanese Fans Think of Cloud in Super Smash Bros.?
Nintendo broke the limit! What do Japanese fans have to say about Cloud's new announcement?!
What Do Japanese Fans Think of the Super Mario Bros. Movie?
The Super Mario Bros. movie tends to have a bad reputation in America and elsewhere... but what about in Japan, where Mario was first created?
What Did Famitsu Think of American Super Mario Bros. 2?
A classic Japanese game, changed into an American game, and then later brought back to Japan. What was the result?
How Did Japanese Fans React to the Greninja Smash Bros. Update?
Super Smash Bros. is such an international hit that it's natural to wonder what other cultures think about all the news announcements and updates!
What Does Japan Think of Little Mac in Smash Bros.?
Japanese gamers never quite latched onto Punch-Out the way that overseas gamers did... so what was the response to Little Mac's Smash Bros. announcement?
Why Japanese Gamers Laughed at Tomb Raider’s Translation
Early screenshots seem like a powerful yet dangerous thing to share during a game's development...
Is Picross a Big Deal in Japan?
Uncover the secrets hidden in the images! Hey, that sounds kind of like all the images on this site...
What Does Japan Think of Metroid: Other M?
This game is often derided by Western fans and critics... but what do Japanese players think of it?
Reader Feedback & Discussion
Japanese Retro Gaming Sites and Final Fantasy Opinions
Do you know of any good Japanese retro gaming sites or resources? If so, share your brain knowledge in the comments!
Reader Feedback: Final Fantasy IV’s Fan Translation
I often get e-mails saying I'm too harsh on this translation or that translation. Here's one about the Final Fantasy IV fan translation.
Research & Discoveries
Zero Wing Had 32 Weird Secret Endings in Japan
The infamous "All Your Base" game was hiding something even crazier all this time!
Spotted: Early Japanese Previews of Zelda 64 and MOTHER 3
Let's check out some early info and high-quality screenshots from these games!
Spotted: Japanese Coverage of American Video Games in 1992
We often see articles about Japanese gaming events, so here's a look from the opposite direction!
Spotted: Final Fantasy VI Beta Images (Early 1994)
Let's check out a Japanese preview of the game a few months before its release!
What Demonry is this Virtual Hydlide Vampire Speaking?
This vampire is talking in tongues! Also, whoa, is that Tom Cruise on the cover art?
Did Castlevania II’s Endings Get Mixed Up?
Defeat Dracula within a certain amount of time and you get a different ending! But Simon dies in most of them anyway.
Did Natsume Misspell Its Own Name in Harvest Moon 64?
Behold the tale of the translation typo that launched a thousand smirks!
Did Secret of Mana Reference Final Fantasy VII?
Are Cloud and a certain flower girl secretly referenced in Secret of Mana? Let's take a look!
Let’s Look at the Unlocalized Ninja Gaiden Prequel!
What the...?! There's a Ninja Gaiden PREQUEL? I just hope there aren't any birds...
Was Princess Daisy Originally Princess Toadstool/Peach?
Mario's first Game Boy excursion left players with lots of questions. Here's one of the big ones!
What’s Up With the iOS/Android Final Fantasy Translations?
Can it be that those in power are on the verge of repeating a senseless and deadly mistake?
These Fan Translations Became Official Translations
Some fan translations have made the legendary jump from unofficial, unauthorized work to big-time, official, money-earning product. Here are some examples!
How Did a Kangaroo Sneak into Tales of Phantasia?
War. War never changes. Except for this time. One special, unexpected moment in 2006.
Zelda’s Audio & Graphical Differences Live on in Famicom Remix!
This surprise Wii U game is a must-buy for retro gamers! Here's a look at the Japanese version, with a focus on the Zelda stuff!
Do Mario and Friends Wear Goomba Corpses in Mario 3D World?!
Has Nintendo changed its tune and embraced soul-chilling violence? Or is there something else afoot here? Let's find out!
Is this Kingdom Hearts Translation Completely Wrong?
Kingdom Hearts is all about filling in the blanks, right? So here's a sidequest that involves Japanese incomplete sentences!
What are Some Games with Untranslated Credits?
Do you know of any games that left the credits untranslated? If so, share your knowledge with the rest of us! We're brain vampires.
The Truth Behind the Secret Final Fantasy IV Frog!
It's nice being a frog. Unless you got turned into one by an evil time-traveling wizard jerk.
What Do Japanese Fans Call These Legendary Pokemon?
Raikou, Entei, and Suicune... Are they dogs? Cats? Beasts? Hamsters? Come and partake in my Poke-confusion!
What’s the Deal with that Creepy Sonic CD Secret?
Uh oh it's the infamous creepy Sonic CD secret! At least this one doesn't involve fetuses! Fetii? Fetee? Whatever! Sonic Boom!
Super Metroid and English Games with Japanese Text Options
Have you ever played Super Metroid with the Japanese text option on? Well, it's kind of neat.
Toad is Trolling Us All?
It's the age-old question: is Toad one person or many people? BONUS: secret Super Mario RPG code! DOUBLE BONUS: Toads were originally girls?!
Super Mario Bros. 4 is Super Mario World
Old news is old, except for when old news is new news to new people. Also, where can I buy a floating clown copter?
Sex Changes in Animal Crossing?
Two effiminate characters in the Japanese version were changed into full-blown female characters when localized into English. Let's look into the details!
Final Fantasy IV, Secret of Mana, and Chrono Trigger Had a Connection
My investigation into an old gaming rumor turned up an unexpected discovery!
Studying Japanese & Translation
Is This Snowy Translation Really Literal?
Let's take a quick look at the idea of "literal translations"!
The Legend of the Mysterious Letter W
The letter W has magical properties in Japan, and you've probably already seen them in action without knowing it!
Is That Written in Chinese or Japanese?
If you don't know Chinese or Japanese, here are some easy tips to tell the difference between them!
What are Grilled Mormons Doing in Takeshi’s Challenge?
Why is this Japanese game trying to cook religious people? Does anything in this game make sense at all?
Why Do Japanese Games Have, Like, Double-Text?
If you've ever seen Japanese writing with smaller Japanese writing on top of it, this is what's up with that!
Here’s What Being a Translator is Like, Business-wise
I've often meant to write an article about the business side of being a translator - here's a quick and simple one!
Fan Translation: Does it Help or Hurt Getting Professional Work?
I often get asked this question - so here's a short, summarized look at my own experiences. Please share your own if you can!
What’s the Difference Between Seppuku and Harakiri?
Warning: do not ingest samurai swords through your belly button. Doing so may result in discomfort.
Learning Japanese & Becoming a Translator
Oh man, does this even belong on Legends of Localization? It's hard to tell... but maybe this will help answer some questions a lot of readers ask!
Japanese Ellipsis Usage and English Translation
Sure, it's not the most exciting, glamorous thing to cover, but you can say a lot with only three dots. Or two dots. Or five. Or one.
How to Pronounce Ryu’s Name
This dude's a badass fighter, but how the heck are you supposed to say his name? Here's how - with some tips and voice clips for reference!
Why is Yoshi Sometimes Called Yossy?
Oh my god! Have we been pronouncing Yoshi's name wrong all this time?
Danganronpa Fan Translations
The recent fan translation patch of Dangit Ronpaul is out, and it sounds like fans are split between which translation is better. SPOILERS: I don't have any answers, but here are some thoughts!
I Had to Write a Final Fantasy Fanfic for Square
When I applied for a translation job at Square years and years ago, I didn't realize I'd end up writing a wacky, embarrassingly bad story!
How One Fan Translation Team Turned Official
To some degree, most professional translators start out as hobbyists. Here's one such story!
The Growing Pains of the Translation (and Professional) World
If you're looking to learn a skill or start a career in any field, this will be very helpful info to have.
The Exciting Ups and Painful Downs of Game Localization
An inside look at the obstacles a professional translator faced during a game localization project!
Two New Books About Lovely Translations & Horrible Translations!
Actual quote from one of the books: "The enema is saying that you should not wear a basketball!"
All Your Bad Translation Books Are Belong to Us!
The newest Legends of Localization book is out, and it's a bit out of the ordinary!
See Behind the Scenes of Legends of Localization!
It's time we share all this funny and neat stuff with the world!
Check Out This Worldwide Japanese-To-English Game Translation Contest!
If you're looking to build experience and/or your résumé, this is the event for you! And even if you're not, you'll enjoy the translated games!
Behind the Scenes of the EarthBound Legends of Localization Book!
Let's take a photographic journey into the development of this video game tome!
Status Update & Current Projects (June 2016)
Book news! Project news! Experiment news! News news!
Legends of Localization Book 1 is Now Out!
Whoa, I'm an author now! Now you can cite me in all your essays and last-minute assignments!
Announcing the First Legends of Localization Book!
Let's take that scary step from hobby to career... in style! Plus: recent FAQs from readers!
Let’s Make the EarthBound Localization Book Happen!
It's been my dream to put Legends of Localization into a wood-based format. This is my chance!
Come Watch Me Play and Translate Japanese Games Live!
I'm not very good at it yet, but I often stream Japanese-only games and provide live translation. Come join me and help me continually improve!
A Year of Localization Articles!
Time sure flies!
New and Current Legends of Localization!
A status update on current projects, upcoming projects, and some stuff I've showed up in!
The Legends of 2013 and the Future of 2014!
Let's look at what happened in 2013 with charts and graphs and stuff! And then let's take a peek into the future, hopefully without changing the timeline!