Other games have bad translations that are more of a slow burn – the text has blatant translation problems, but they’re small enough and slow enough that they quietly build up over time. Only when you look back afterward do you realize, “Whoa, that game’s translation is right up there with the best of the worst!”
The Neo Geo game Twinkle Star Sprites is a great example of this “slow burn” type of bad translation. The game is filled with poorly translated text, but the mistakes are small enough by themselves that single screenshots don’t do the full translation justice. But here are some screenshots anyway!
If you’re a fan of classic 90s games with bad translations, Twinkle Star Sprites is definitely right up your alley. It’s a fun, unique game and the translation is right up there with other SNK classics like “Victoly!” and “God! excrement! I’m surrounded!“. Give it a shot!
If you liked this quick look at a bad game translation, you'll love my other bad translation articles too. And for a closer look at a specific weird line in Twinkle Star Sprites, see my article about "Sweet Tacos"!