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Japocalization: Translating your game to Japanese

Notice: This was originally made as a guide for translating Super Bomber Blast into Japanese. The Use of English: As the English Language is well associated with video games (and the writing systems were hard to input at the time), Japanese Video Games used a few English words (let's not forget that the Japanese borrowed many English words after the Occupation of Japan, but that's a story for another time). For a few games, you'd probably write「セーブ」(Save) or「ロード」(Load) instead of「保存する」(Save) and「負荷」(Load). Sometimes, a few words are kept in English in video games, for example, the GUI for retro games, like Super Mario World, stay in plain English, and words like “Game Over” & “Push Button” too, this applies to most languages. Don't translate it all. Using Kanji: Back in the past, the Japanese language was a bit difficult to use for games & computers, so the Japanese had to make do with certain options: Write in kana only: Write in only kana, no kanji; this was used for most games at the time. Write in Katakana only: This is a bit more rare, few games did this. Write in English only: A few games like Megaman did this. Write with kana, and a few kanji: Kirby's Adventure, in Japan, did this for a few things. Capcom games did this too. Even though most, if not, all, kanji are usable in Smilebasic, not many are easily to read, so using limited (readable) kanji is the best option, in my opinion. Before you, try playing your favourite game in Japanese, do you see any English words by any chance? If so, comment below! Thanks for reading!
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4 Comment(s) KunaitoSoft KunaitoSoft Forum Contributor Hidden Achievements Avatar Taboo I didn't change my avatar for 180 days Website First Year My account is over 1 year old Website On Bomberman Jetters Game Collection for the Game Boy Advance, I found a little of English. On Pinball mode, I seen the names in the high score leaderboards. When I get a score for the leaderboard, I can use English letters to type in my name for it. When I play some minigames, what I see are "Stage #", " Game Over", etc. And when I save my game for scores on minigames, during the save screen, it probably says "Now Saving... Do not turn off the system while saving." If you want to see it for yourself, maybe you can get the ROM for it if you have a GBA emulator, or get the game from an online store if you have a GBA system. GamerCymreig GamerCymreig Beginner Programmer I'm just starting out! I'm still trying to grasp the basics. Programming Strength Video Games I like to play video games! Hobbies Pokemon Is Awesome! I love Pokemon! Express Yourself Did your game use kanji by any chance? KunaitoSoft KunaitoSoft Forum Contributor Hidden Achievements Avatar Taboo I didn't change my avatar for 180 days Website First Year My account is over 1 year old Website Of course! Most of that game uses kanji. Have you played this ROM yet? 😉 GamerCymreig GamerCymreig Beginner Programmer I'm just starting out! I'm still trying to grasp the basics. Programming Strength Video Games I like to play video games! Hobbies Pokemon Is Awesome! I love Pokemon! Express Yourself No, I figured it wouldn't use it as Bomberman is more of a younger kids game (in my country).