A reader named Bram asked a few questions about The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for the Game Boy and Game Boy Color. For now we’ll tackle just the first question and save the rest for another day.
While looking into the Doge meme reference in Tri Force Heroes, you briefly mention several other instances of cultural references and general silliness in Zelda games, among which the German Cukeman dialogue. Cukeman’s dialogue is completely different in each translation (and the German lines where changed again in the German DX version GEE I WONDER WHY). You can find the lines and English translations for all of them here.
Well, all of them, except Japanese. So, what do the original Japanese lines say?
For reference, here are the English lines:
|You know me, I like short names the best…|
|It can display millions of polygons!|
|I definitely need it, as soon as possible!|
And here’s what the Japanese text says:
|Japanese Version (basic translation)|
|I just figured “well, why not”, y’know?|
|Yeah, I know.|
|Already got it, actually.|
|…That concludes this collection of R-Moto-isms.|
It has absolutely nothing to do with the game!
The Japanese lines are a bit tough to translate without context (meaning you’ll get very different translations depending on who you ask), but they’re basically just phrases that this R-Moto guy would say during the game’s development. This games’ developers seemed especially playful, and it looks like they decided to hide some of R-Moto’s quotes in the game. Knowing that, the localized English lines fit the original tone well – they sound like they could’ve been NOA development staff quotes too.
At first I was like, “Who the heck is R-Moto?” But some quick research showed that it’s most likely a nickname for Masanao Arimoto, the game’s character designer. You can read some quotes and a short bio about him on GlitterBerri’s Zelda-tastic site here.
Anyway, that’s what the text says in Japanese. As always, it’s possible I’m missing some context or other background information, so if you have any details to share definitely let me know!