Common Problems When Translating Games into Japanese
Terrible things can happen when you try to translate your game into Japanese - here's how to avoid disaster.
Did Professor Oak Forget His Own Grandson’s Name in Japanese?
Is this intelligent Pokemon professor as forgetful in Japanese as he is in English?
Does Japanese Pokémon Reference Stand By Me?
This classic American movie is mentioned in early Pokémon localizations. Was it in the Japanese games too?
Game Localization and Nintendo of America’s Content Policies in the 1990s (NSFW)
Nintendo altered lots of games in the 1990s, but how did those changes affect Japanese games localized into English?
How Pokémon’s Famous “Smell Ya Later” Phrase Works in Japanese
What is the original Japanese version of this mainstay Pokemon catchphrase?
How the Famous “Comfy Shorts” Quote Worked in Japanese Pokémon
There's a famous kid in Pokemon who likes really, really likes shorts. But what does he say in Japanese?
Is Lance from Pokémon Supposed to Be This Sadistic?
Does this enemy leader really threaten to strangle you with dragons' tails?
Video Games and Japan’s Three Main Writing Systems
Japanese game text has transformed in a unique way since the 1970s. Here's a look at how and why.