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Castlevania II English Re-translation (+Map)

Hack of Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

Description:

This is an English re-Translation of Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest. In additon to translating the ROM, an in-game map is added, and the Japanese staff credits were re-added to the game. The patch is for the NES version.

The translation is based on the original Japanese text. According to the author, extensive research was performed on the meaning of the sometimes cryptic original Japanese text in the game, and special attention was paid to make sure that all the translated text makes sense and is understandable, without undermining the loyalty in translation to the original Japanese game.

Features include:

  • NTSC version (there is also a PAL option)
  • MMC1 chipset (there are also MMC3, MMC4, MMC5, UNROM and VRC6 options)
  • Added dialog in select locations - Small changes that will improve the game experience without changing the nature of the game.
  • Reintroduced some features that the English releases removed from the Japanese version - Includes the extended ending text, as well as Konami-style Start text on the power-on screen.
  • Map function - An in-game map is included. It helps understand the layout of the game world, and to know the name of whichever place the player currently is in. It compensates for the lack of actual game manual, which in the Japanese releases included a map. Press the select button to view the map in the game.
  • SRAM save function - Game can be saved at any time into internal battery-backed memory and loaded later.
  • Advanced password encryption - Passwords that are encrypted with extended functionality, can be decoded by the original (unhacked) versions of the game. The function expands the repertoire of passwords.
  • Language - English.

For more patching options see the following link: http://bisqwit.iki.fi/cv2fin/

There is also a document that lists in detail all the dialog in the original English and Japanese versions of the game, explains their meaning, and takes educated guesses on why certain lines were translated the way they were: http://bisqwit.iki.fi/cv2fin/diff

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Castlevania II - Simon's Quest (U) [!].nes - GOODNES 3.14
  • CRC32: A9C2C503
  • MD5: 1B827C602C904D8C846499C9F54B93E0
  • SHA-1: D6B96FD98AE480C694A103FE9A5D7D84EEAFB6F7
  • SHA-256: F045D72683D3156555ECCBB56090888F03A15E5B25E59DB49DCA7A87330472D3

Links:

Screenshots:


Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
BisqwitHacking

User Review Information

Best Castlevania II Hack

Reviewed By: rafael on 01 Jan 2016

This hack is awesome. The new features like the in-game map and the disabling of the night and day transitions dialog box makes the game flow much more fluently.

The new save feature that enable us to avoid entering the annoyingly long passwords is god send, or should I say Bisqwit send.

I don’t know Japanese so I can’t talk about the quality of the translation, but it seems to be of the best possible quality. Besides anyone can check his choices of translation on his site which is nice.

Considering the idea behind this project (fix the issues, but stay true to the original) I would say it came out perfect, but I would add two other features to make it even more perfect:

1) Double the heart values to make the progress faster (collecting hearts is not the main attraction of the game and gets annoying).

2) Remove the false floors of the castles leaving empty spaces (this also gets really annoying and just slow things down).

Both these features are in the “Castlevania II Annoyance Fixes” hack by tkempkes.

This is by far the best hack of Castlevania II on regard of translation/fixing problems, but with this two other features it would become the Ultimate Castlevania II.

Version 2.9.8.17 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Almost perfect!!WebSlinger27 Feb 20182.9.8.19Yes
Huge Improvement But Not Without A Few QuirksEldrethor26 Feb 20182.9.8.19Yes
It's just betternesfan12 Dec 20162.9.8.17Yes
Awesome castlevania 2 hackGreyfox02 Jan 20162.9.8.17Yes
Best Castlevania II Hackrafael01 Jan 20162.9.8.17Yes
Simon gets new life!darkanx04 May 2014N/AYes
The Way Simon's Quest Should Have Been ReleasedKlaviaturist28 Dec 2012N/AYes