In The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, there’s an item shop in the main town where you can buy stuff, which is pretty normal and all. But what’s unusual about this shop is that you can actually steal items from it! Doing so has consequences, though, so you gotta think before you do it.
Anyway, a reader by the name of Vince94 recently asked a question that’s related to this shop and stealing items from it:
One of the pictures the photographer in Link’s Awakening takes is when you steal from the Item Shop, and there are Japanese posters on the wall of the shop! I’ve always wondered what they say.
And here’s the image in question:
This is pretty simple! The left sign says something like:
And the right sign says:
Shoplifting is a crime
How strange that they didn’t translate these when releasing the game outside of Japan, though! I wonder how that happened. Maybe someone forgot about it and it slipped through the localization process somehow? As I recall, these photographs weren’t in the original release of the game, but were added into the later version you could play on the Game Boy Color. If so, maybe they just sort of copy-and-pasted the original translation into the game but forgot to translate the new content?
If anyone knows or has any suggestions, let me know in the comments!
Update: Vince94 has since made a small patch for this Zelda game that localizes these posters (and other things) into English! You can find it here!