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Green Jerry

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Can't find this text in Japanese Contra
« on: September 06, 2021, 07:06:42 pm »
I want to translate the Japanese version of Contra to my native language (Portuguese) using the English translation by Stardust Crusaders.

I tried to find this text that explains what Contra is, I made a few table files to no avail:


Some people have managed to find and edit this text for their translations, this example is from Voxar's Polish translation:


I guess it works differently compared to a traditional string with 8x8 characters, as the text here is 8x16.
« Last Edit: September 07, 2021, 01:30:52 pm by Green Jerry »
My latest Portuguese translation: Contra (NES) Japanese Version
New Title Screen Addendums! Goemon 1 and Goemon 2

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Re: Can't find this text in Japanese Contra
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2021, 08:57:26 pm »
I can't give you exact specifics, but generally you'll need to use a debugger and set a write breakpoint to the PPU where the text is written to the screen.

AFAIK, the text is actually 16x16 and I don't remember actually fully converting it to 8x16. I think I might've cut some corners. Anyhow, you'll need to know a bit how NES ASM works to figure it out.

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Re: Can't find this text in Japanese Contra
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2021, 02:36:10 am »
Use this table:
https://github.com/sewave/translations/blob/master/nes/contrajapnes/contrajapnesAlt2.tbl
And go to ROM offset 13A0E.
It adds A0 to the values to do new lines (I've put them as lowercase or other characters, you can check my translation here: https://github.com/sewave/translations/blob/master/nes/contrajapnes/tr_contrajapnesAlt2.ext).


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Re: Can't find this text in Japanese Contra
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2021, 01:30:34 pm »
Thanks, Wave! Your table allowed me to edit it very easily. Here's my translation of it:
My latest Portuguese translation: Contra (NES) Japanese Version
New Title Screen Addendums! Goemon 1 and Goemon 2

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Re: Can't find this text in Japanese Contra
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2021, 01:38:43 pm »
Thanks, Wave! Your table allowed me to edit it very easily. Here's my translation of it:

Happy it worked, you're welcome :)