I often come across small articles and videos that wouldn’t really fit in a full article, so I’ve decided to post them in these roundup articles. I think you’ll like some of my findings!
1. Wii Virtual Console Final Game Lists (Japan & North America)
The Wii Virtual Console and WiiWare shops are starting to close down – today marks the final day you can buy Wii Points, and the shops will go completely down a few months from now.
Since a big part of my work involves documenting obscure game changes, I made sure to buy lots of games from the Japanese and North American shops last week. I also recorded videos of everything that was available on both shops for posterity:
2. A Link to the Past Japanese Preview Scans
I have shelves of old Japanese game magazines filled with great stuff, and I’ve been eager to share some of it. Here’s how Marukatsu Super Famicom was covering the Japanese version of A Link to the Past before its release!
3. New Fan Translations!
It seems like fan translations are being released at a record pace these days, and it’s hard to keep up. Here are a couple recent ones that readers recommended:
The Great Battle series (Super Famicom, English translation)
Atelier Elie: The Alchemist of Salburg 1 & 2 (PlayStation 2, English translation)
Ghosts ‘n Goblins (Game Boy Color, Spanish translation)
4. Dragon Ball Translation Problems Everywhere
A lot of Dragon Ball games have been plagued with issues lately – mostly typos, but I’ve seen screenshots of translator notes appearing in NPC dialogue too.
If you enjoy stuff like this, then check out the Xenoverse Typos tumblr for more!
5. Try Not to Speak English Right
I was recently reminded of a weird Konami game called Lifeline that is entirely controlled using a microphone. It’s an interesting idea, but it had a surprising localization pitfall: English phrases still rely on Japanese pronunciation!
I haven’t seen much of the game, so I wonder how widespread this problem turned out to be.
This all for this roundup! If you find any cool translation-related stuff like this, let me know in the comments or on Twitter!