A little while ago Ant Cooke sent me an e-mail about a game called Syd of Valis:
I just wanted to email you about the SD Valis, released as Syd of Valis in the US (unless you look at the title screen, which calls it Valis Syd. Whoops.) because it has a weird localization thing. After you beat the game, the entire credits roll is left untranslated in the US version! You can see it in this longplay, starting from the 23 minute mark- the final dialogue scene is in English, but once the credits start rolling, it’s been left untranslated.
As well as just bringing it to your attention, I was just wondering, have you ever seen any other examples of this sort of thing, i.e. the credits not getting translated? I believe the European version of Gunner’s Heaven (Rapid Reload) does it too, but beyond that, I can’t think of any.
This is definitely odd – the whole ending is in English, but then suddenly the credits are in Japanese!
Off the top of my head I can’t think of any other instances of this, aside from some fan projects I’ve worked on, like Time Zone for the Famicom:
I think the credits were stored in a weird format in the case of Time Zone, but I have no idea why the Valis credits would’ve been left in Japanese. Maybe nobody on the translation team bothered to play all the way through the game? Or maybe the translation project was a rush job to begin with?
Anyway, I’m almost certain there are other instances of games with untranslated credits out there – if you know of any, let me know in the comments!
Ant Cooke also asked this about the Valis ending:
Also, after the credits, Yuko says something that’s still left untranslated in the US version. Here’s an image of it- could you tell me what it says?
This is pretty simple, it’s basically something like “The End ♥”.
So, although I wasn’t very helpful in trying to think of other games with untranslated credits, hopefully some folks reading this can think of some!
Also, in the near future I’d like to do an article about games that have bits of untranslated text still in them. So if you know of any such games, let me know in the comments or contact me! And if you can get a screenshot or video of it, that’d help me a lot too!