I received a simple question from Jack C. about Super Mario RPG, so let’s take a look!
I have a question about one of my favorite games of all time. Super Mario RPG. In the aforementioned game, Geno’s actual name is ♥♪!?.
Apparently, in the Japanese version, his name is something different. I am starting up an LP of SMRPG on Youtube and I need some localization ammo for my translation gun. In short, please compare these two screenshots.
Jack kindly included screenshots of the line in question:
|Super Mario RPG (Super Famicom)||Super Mario RPG (Super NES)|
This is a pretty simple line – here’s the text side-by-side:
|Japanese Version (basic translation)||English Version|
|My name is “(CRAZY CHARACTERS)”, but this Star Language is hard to pronounce, so…..||???: I’m “♥♪!?”, but it’s hard to pronounce, so…|
The key differences and things of interest I can see here are:
- In the Japanese version, Geno refers to the name as being part of the “Star Language” or “Star-ese” or or “Starish” or “Starinian” or whatever you’d prefer to call the language.
- The English version includes the speaker name as “???”, but this isn’t in the original.
- The crazy symbols are different, although I’m not really sure why. It might be that the localization programmers just decided to insert a basic ASCII character set (which sometimes includes a heart and a music note), and later on during the translation phase, Ted Woolsey was like, “Okay, we need some crazy characters here, what’s available?” and went with what was available.
- Not that it matters too much, but just for reference Geno uses the Japanese pronoun “boku”, which is usually used by males.
So there you go, hopefully that’s some good LP fodder for ya! I’ve actually toyed with the idea of doing LPs from time to time, although at this point I think if I ever do one it’d just be a straight playthrough of Japanese and English games for reference – having full playthroughs of Japanese and English games that I often reference would be really useful to me, what with all the Pokemon and Paper Mario series questions I get 😛