2 Japanese Games with Unexpected MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice References
Japanese games are full of pop culture references - you just have to know where to look.
3 Times That Game Translations Were Quietly Changed
When classic games get re-released, sometimes their translations get slight updates too. These are three recent examples.
A New Way of Playing Japanese and English Games Side-By-Side
I worked some technical magic to play games in a weird new way. Here's how my prototype worked.
Behind the Localization of Majora’s Mask (Nintendo Power Magazine, Sep. 2000)
A localizer shares his experience with this classic Nintendo game over the span of 40 days.
Does Ocarina of Time Have Farting Cabbages?
French fans weigh in on the flatulent controversy.
Early Japanese Previews of Zelda 64 and MOTHER 3
Here's some early info and high-quality screenshots from these Nintendo 64 games.
Fat, Beauty, and A Link Between Worlds’ Localization
In Japanese, a queen loses her beauty when she grows fat. This changed in English... but how?
Game Translations that Turned Surprisingly Political
Politics can seep into everything, including game translations. Here are some examples.
How a Disco Reference Was Added to a Zelda Game
This is an article from the 2010s about a game from the 1990s in a series from the 1980s that has a reference from the 1970s.
How Ganon’s Motivation Changed in Breath of the Wild’s English Translation
This is a good example of how a single translation can significantly effect an entire story.