Besides articles and books, I also work on lots of side projects that combine my interests in translation, programming, and classic games.
These projects involve custom software I designed, some of which is available for anyone to use. Some of these projects also include entertaining write-ups about the development process and how things work under the hood.
Funky Fantasy IV: A Machine-Translated Video Game Experiment
I Google-Translated an entire video game one day. The results were so surprising that I even wrote a book about it!
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – Live Japanese Script Viewer
This custom tool displays the Japanese script live as you play the English game. You can try it for yourself!
Tomato Adventure Fan Translation Patch & Tools
This quirky JRPG is the spiritual predecessor of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. It's never been translated... until now.
Wanderbar SNES, NES, and GB/GBC/GBA Overview
I glued a Super NES and NES emulator to a web browser to create a useful tool for fans, students, and others.
MOTHER 1+2 Fan Translation & Tools
Years ago I translated the first half of this GBA compilation, then shared my tools online.
MOTHER 3 Fan Translation Dev Blog & Tools
I chronicled every step of this game's translation process and then shared our custom tools online.
Video & Streaming Projects
These tend to be much more casual projects that are more fun and interesting than they are useful. For a full list of all our live streams, see here.
This is a big batch of smaller videos, usually related to Legends of Localization research I need to do.
Videos: 28 Duration: 40 hours, 59 minutes
Bad Translation Screenshot Hunt
I play through a bunch of famous and obscure games to get specific screenshots of bad translation.
Videos: 6 Duration: 12 hours, 32 minutes
Misc. Mario-Related Projects
Mario is a constant topic in my Legends of Localization research - including live stream projects like these.
Videos: 14 Duration: 23 hours, 21 minutes
Misc. Zelda-Related Projects
I do lots of short Zelda streams and videos for Legends of Localization research.
Videos: 50 Duration:
Super Mario Collection
I test out my custom emulator magic on the Japanese version of Super Mario All-Stars.
Videos: 11 Duration: 20 hours, 14 minutes
Historical Game Magazines
I have hundreds of old Japanese game magazines - let's look through them together!
Videos: 5 Duration: 9 hours, 33 minutes
Lagrange Point Translation
After 15 years, my very first translation ever was released. Let's take a look!
Videos: 25 Duration: 9 hours, 4 minutes
Legends of Localization - SAO Hollow Fragment
Let's screenshot all of the bad translations!
Videos: 15 Duration: 38 hours, 21 minutes
Live Game Translations
Creating a single, complete translation patch can take a long time - sometimes it even takes several years. It's hard to find free time like that these days, so I instead prefer to translate games live while I play them. Here are a few such live translation projects.
Final Fantasy VI T-Edition
I live-translate the most popular Japanese hack of Final Fantasy VI. It's fun stuff!
Videos: 251 Duration: 19 hours, 41 minutes
The Legend of Zelda Prototype
I play through a Japanese prototype of the first Zelda game while doing research for my Zelda book.
Videos: 5 Duration: 1 hour, 49 minutes
Weird Japanese Games About America
To celebrate America's Independence Day, we play a bunch of weird Japanese games about America.
Videos: 7 Duration: 3 hours, 10 minutes
Tengai Makyō: The 4th Apocalypse
I live-translate this big Japanese RPG set in a parody of America. Lots of cultural insight!
Videos: 31 Duration:
Yokai Watch w/ Live Translation
We live-translate and localize this Japanese smash hit for the 3DS!
Videos: 250 Duration:
Tomato Adventure Live English Translation
Made by the company behind Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga!
Videos: 57 Duration:
The Great Hamburger War
A live translation of a Japanese RPG about religious hamburgers!
Videos: 6 Duration: 1 hour, 56 minutes
A fun and impressive Japanese indie game!
Videos: 25 Duration: 8 hours, 57 minutes
Mato Plays Japanese Games & Demos
Videos: 7 Duration: 1 hour, 21 minutes
Symphony of the Night in Japanese
What's the Japanese one like? Let's find out!
Videos: 9 Duration: 3 hours