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!
Zero Wing Had 32 Weird Secret Endings in Japan
The infamous "All Your Base" game was hiding something even crazier all this time!
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!
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!
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?
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?
The Latest Zelda Game is Such Doge
A localized meme attacks! What does the original Japanese text say?
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?
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?
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?
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!
What’s With These Pooper and Retard Lines in Corpse Party?
Get your butter ready - it's time for a corpse party!
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!
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
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!
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?
MC Hammer in a Zelda Game? Vanilla Ice in a Japanese RPG?
Silly Westerners, your pop culture references are only for us!
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?
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?!