This Be Bad Translation #06, Hana no Star Kaidō!

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Hana no Star Kaidō is a Famicom game that never saw a release outside of Japan. Because the game centers around the entertainment industry and getting a music contract with an American company, the game’s text is almost entirely in English – most of which results in bad translation gold.

As we can see above, this game offers a great example of a common problem when writing English words into Japanese and back into English: As sometimes turn into Us, and vice versa. This can lead to very unintended results!

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  1. I see you decided to not take my suggestion to skip translation #6.
    No comment on how poorly designed the game is. I can’t even remember how to use the stairs. It was something like B+Down+direction a specific distance from the stairs. Because a simple command like Up near the stairs would’ve been asking too much. Why is Down at all a part of the command? (that much I recall) 😛

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    1. Translation 6 has “The N.Y. Madison House.” That makes it awesome all by itself. 🙂

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  2. It seems like after you finished this game those two center sprites of the guys at the mics would remain burned into your TV.

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  3. I’m still not convinced anyone has successfully beaten that game…

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