Mandi submitted a question about an old arcade game called Twinkle Star Sprites:
I’ve been meaning to figure this one out for myself, but I just haven’t had time, so after I saw your awesome site, I figured I’d drop you a line. Twinkle Star Sprites is full of funny translation gems, but mainly I’m curious what the original Japanese version says for Memory’s famous “Sweet tacos” line. As far as I remember, this line is from when you lose to Memory (the last boss.)
I’ve never played this before, but this line is so crazy that I immediately started investigating. It took a lot of work and a lot of skill, but at last I was able to find the text in both versions of the game!
|Japanese version||English version|
So what’s the deal? Is the “sweet tacos” thing in the original line, is it a minstranslation, or what? Here’s the text side-by-side!
|Japanese Version (basic translation)||English Version|
|Oh, I want to return to the castle and eat natto fried rice or something.||Yummm, I wanna go back to my castle and munch sweet tacos!|
So it looks like the Japanese food ISN’T sweet tacos – it’s “natto fried rice”!
What the heck is natto, you might possibly be asking. It’s hard to explain well, you just need to experience it – but it’s basically a glob of really sticky, goopy fermented soybeans. You can read more about it here.
I guess the “natto fried rice” sounds like a bit of a weird combination, so the localizers decided to make a weird combination that Westerners would understand. Although when I do a quick Japanese search for natto fried rice I see plenty of pages and pictures, so maybe it’s not that weird of a combination.
Anyway, hopefully that answers the question of what Memory says in Japanese!
Also, for future/others’ reference, I could only get Memory to say her crazy food-related lines in the Character Mode – in Story Mode all her lines were serious. You have to lose and get a game over against her to see these lines. And if you’ve never played this game before, give it a shot sometime – it’s a lot of fun and has some pretty goofy writing!