Is the Starbeans Cafe Guy Actually Sad or What?

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A reader named Andrew asked a question about Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga that seemed unusual and interesting:

In M&L: Superstar Saga in the cafe in beanbean castle town, if you talk to the guy and say no, he says, “Oh! I’m so sad!!!”

That line has always seemed strange to me, is that a lazy translation? Can you investigate? Thanks.

So with a little searching around, I was able to get screenshots of the scene in both versions of the game:

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Basically, if you talk to this cafe owner and decide that you don’t want to talk to him, he’ll say he’s sad. Except it sounds uncharacteristic of this guy in English. So what’s the deal?

Japanese Version (basic localization)English Version
Dude! That makes me sad!Oh! I’m so sad!!

In Japanese this guy basically says something like, “I’m sad!” or “I’m lonely!” in a really masculine way. His speech style isn’t quite as intense in the English localization though, and this line is an example of that. So that might be why this stands out a bit for some people – it doesn’t have that same “feel” of the original line. It’s entirely possible the localizers were going for a different type of attitude or character with this guy, but it’s been so long since I played the game that I can’t really remember much about him.

Anyway, hopefully that answers the question! And, man, this reminds me that one day I gotta take a look at Fawful’s amazing dialogue!

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  1. I second a look at Fawful. 😀

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  2. I’m playing through this game now, it’s amazing.

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    1. If you’re enjoying it, I strongly recommend the second game, Partners in Time. To my mind, it’s the best game in the series (though I liked Dream Team quite a lot also).

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      1. captain_starcrossed94

        Ooh man, I’ve heard exactly the opposite… I thought many Mario & Luigi fans didn’t like Partners in Time for being the most linear and straightforward of the series.

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        1. That’d be a weird complaint, since the whole series is straight-line gameplay. But what do I know? Maybe people did say that.

          As for me, the one I didn’t care for was Bowser’s Inside Story, since it replaced the classic M&L gameplay with a whole bunch of boring touchscreen minigames.

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          1. I think that’s a pretty weird complaint too. They’re all linear. I’ve liked them all so far, though I haven’t gotten around to playing Dream Team. (I actually think Partners In Time’s the best to for what it’s worth)

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          2. Best: Superstar Saga
            Kinda mediocre: Partners in Time
            Not that great: Bowser’s inside story
            Worst: Dream Team Bros

            And when I say “worst”, I mean the series is still very fun with top quality production values, I mean worst in context of the series, but not worst as in actually bad. But it’s clear the developers didn’t know what to do with the series or how to improve it after the first game, and have filled that void with a bunch of gimmicks. I can understand why they did it – rehashing the same gameplay from the first would have also been boring – but sadly these gimmicks still drag the games down.

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  3. Nothing is ever straightforward with the Japanese, is it?

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    1. Is that a joke? You can’t really get much more straightforward than “I’m lonely.”

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      1. I’m talking about the speaking style, genius. They have a speaking style for everything.

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  4. Honestly, when I first looked at the English line, I instantly thought of the botched censorship line in Final Fight for SNES for some reason (you’ll know the one I’m talking about).

    So combine that with this line in a weird alternate universe where Nintendo was hit on the head too many times, and what do you get?

    “Oh!! I’m so car” 😛

    Granted, I can’t ever think of any situation where this might have ever been a possibility, but it’s still funny to me. 😛

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    1. I’m not familiar with that but I wish I was. I used to play Final Fight a lot, why is my memory failing meeee

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      1. It’s from that car smashing bonus round. In the arcade original, some guy will come out afterwards and say “Oh! My God,” but the SNES version changed that to “Oh! My car.”

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        1. Ah, okay, now I remember, thanks. I never knew it said Oh my god originally, cool!

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  5. Opinionated Vector Chimera

    Please take a look at Fawful. He sold me on Bowser’s Inside Story, from the beginning to the end.

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    1. Oh man, I thought Fawful was a Superstar Saga-only character. This changes everything!

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      1. Fawful’s in Partners In Time also, but only in a very small cameo. Not very many lines.

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        1. He may not have many lines, but he does have that legendary “A WINNER IS YOU!” line.

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  6. Do you know what the cafe was called in the Japanese version, Mato?

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    1. Yep, it’s called the Starbeans Cafe in the Japanese version too. No name change there.

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    2. Why would you think the name was different?

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  7. I always took it as him saying it sarcastically. “You don’t wanna talk to me? Oh, I’m so sad, boo hoo.”

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