YoshiRider123 asked an interesting question about some text from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. One of the NPCs near the start of the game references the Game Boy Advance and the new Fire Emblem game.
Since Fire Emblem was making its first foray outside of Japan around this time, the question is – did the original Japanese text mention Fire Emblem too, or was it changed somehow to include a quick Fire Emblem advertisement?
First, let’s take a look at this guy’s text in both versions of the game!
And here’s the translated text side-by-side for easier reference:
|Japanese Version (basic translation)
|I’ve been hooked on playing Famicom games lately.
|Hey, what’s up? I gotta say, I’m really hooked on playing GBA games lately.
|There’s a game I especially like called “Super Mario Bros.”…
|There’s this one game that just absolutely rules. It’s called “Fire Emblem”…
|Have you heard of it? I totally recommend it!
|You ever heard of it? Man, it ROCKS MY SOCKS!!!
Neat! It looks like the reference was indeed changed from original Super Mario Bros. for the Famicom to Fire Emblem for the Game Boy Advance!
I guess in a way the original line was going for a bit of self-referential humor, but there’s something charming about Nintendo plugging its own current games to try and boost sales 😛
The funny thing is, I actually did go and buy Fire Emblem a short time after playing Thousand-Year Door. Did I fall prey to this secret marketing, or was it just a coincidence? I don’t know, but I’m curious how many other Mario fans checked out Fire Emblem thanks to this!