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Author Topic: Translations: Animetic Story Game 1: Cardcaptor Sakura — English Translation Patch Released!  (Read 3230 times)

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Update By: PsionBolt

Released by Arika in 1999 for the PlayStation, Animetic Story Game 1: Cardcaptor Sakura retells the first season of the popular anime in adventure game form. With beautiful 2D graphics, full voice acting, and animated cutscenes straight from the TV show, this game recreates the world of Cardcaptor Sakura more accurately than any other CCS game before or since (and there have been quite a few other attempts)!

The light-adventure gameplay is punctuated by an assortment of minigames that step up the action when it's time to capture the cards. Dodge lightning bolts from the Thunder card, dance to the rhythm with the Flower card, play Simon to sense the location of the Move card, and more. All of these challenges are available both during the story mode and in an endless score attack mode. And if action isn't your thing, you can always sit down for a round of fortune telling! Everything you do will earn you Sakura Coins, which can be used to purchase a multitude of concept art, voice samples, and so on, including many clips you won't find in the main story. You can even transfer voices to the PocketStation, if you're one of the twelve people who own one!

Like the original Cardcaptor Sakura, this game targets an audience of young and old alike, and two players can play together using Family Mode. If you've never watched, read, or otherwise engaged with the story of Cardcaptor Sakura before, now's your chance to grab a spouse, child, or friend and have a laid-back bonding experience. Or, if you remember seeing a show called Cardcaptors on TV around the turn of the millennium, take this as your chance to overwrite that painful memory with the story as it was meant to be told!

This patch was made possible by the hard work of NoOneee, whose hacking extended far past the main script, including adding subtitles to the animated cutscenes, editing all the image text within the game, and even adding dialogue boxes for NPCs who were originally voice-only. Translation and editing were handled by PsionBolt.

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Awesome. I just found out about this game a few months ago and assumed that no one would ever translate it or would have even been working on it. Can't wait to try this out.
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This looks great, I'm gonna see if I can capture a hostage convince a friend to play it with me.

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Awesome. Tested in Retroarch and works ok.

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Awesome. Tested in Retroarch and works ok.

I finally got to try it and the cutscenes didn't get patched for some reason. Everything else was great so far though. I don't know what could have gone wrong.

Side note: This game is adorable and the the production quality of the original game itself is far beyond what I was expecting for some old anime game. The graphics are gorgeous, the music is lush, cutscenes look great. Seems pretty fun so far.
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I finally got to try it and the cutscenes didn't get patched for some reason. Everything else was great so far though. I don't know what could have gone wrong.

Side note: This game is adorable and the the production quality of the original game itself is far beyond what I was expecting for some old anime game. The graphics are gorgeous, the music is lush, cutscenes look great. Seems pretty fun so far.
Do you have Java installed? Even if you do have, try re-installing it and patching the game again.
If you open a Command Prompt and enter "java -version", does it show anything?

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When I was searching on google for the iso I saw a prepatched version and I downloaded that. It worked like a charm, no set up required at all!

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Really just want to thank you for such an exceptional translation of such an exceptional game ;*)

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Do you have Java installed?

Awesome. That's what the problem was. I don't trust the disc drive on my laptop to burn properly anymore so I patched and burned it on a computer at my parent's house. I didn't think to check to see if Java was installed or up to date before using it. Luckily I only burned the first disc. Now I can go ahead and burn disc 2. I'll be playing this game on a PS2 slim hooked up to a small (about 20") flatscreen CRT. Looks amazing and the translation seems more polished than many professional releases I've seen.

Playing a game like this makes me wish people weren't so hung up on primitive 3D graphics during the PS1 era because the 2D games like this are without question some of the most beautiful entries the system has to offer.
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Playing a game like this makes me wish people weren't so hung up on primitive 3D graphics during the PS1 era because the 2D games like this are without question some of the most beautiful entries the system has to offer.

Totally agreed. PS1 era 3D graphics didn't age well, while beautiful 2D art is somewhat timeless.