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Breath of Fire II

Super Nintendo

Game Description:

Breath of Fire 2’s translation is infamously terrible. From “Yes” and “No” being swapped to the game asking you to equip a fishing lod and bait, the writing in the game is bad even by Capcom’s low standards. The game itself is supposed to have a really interesting plot, but the text deteriorates to a point towards the end that nobody can really make any sense of what’s going on.

That said, it’s not a bad game. The dragon spells are pretty useless, unfortunately, but the rest of it is fairly standard RPG fare. The music’s decent, the graphics are good, and the game’s fairly tough, but if the meat of an RPG is the story, this one’s so stringy and tough that it drowns out just about everything else. Hopefully the current translation project will correct this.

Translation Description:

This is the long-awaited English version of d4s’ Breath of Fire 2 retranslation/enhancement patch, two-and-a-half years in the making.

The patch is in IPS format for a ROM with NO header. There are also bonus patches included to restore the game’s original intro music or use an alternate song with the intro from d4s’ German translation.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Breath of Fire II (USA).sfc
  • Database match: Breath of Fire II (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro - Super Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20180813-062835)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 1F7707E606B7E9FA8FB3908BBDDFCB5DEA93D776
  • File/ROM CRC32: 67CDACC5

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
RyusuiTranslationHacking
d4sHackingProgramming

User Review Information

Well Written & Inspiring

Reviewed By: nejimakipiyo on 25 Sep 2021

I honestly consider the original translation unplayable, and this translation a godsend. The story comes alive under Ryusui’s talented writing; the characters are full of personality and the emotional scenes hit hard. This is by far the definitive way to play Breath of Fire II. Unfortunately some references to BOF1 will be lost due to the lack of accurate translation for it, but those can be understood from context. This translation clears up enough nonsense and confusion from the original that it is more than worth it, anyway.

The only thing I would suggest is having the character, Aspara, be referred to in a gender-neutral manner instead of “he”, since judging by official character profiles in Japanese, Aspara’s a hermaphrodite and doesn’t seem to have a strict gender.

In any case, a resounding thank you to Ryusui for this incredible work of art, and I highly recommend this patch to anyone looking to play or replay Breath of Fire II.

Version 1.2b Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Well Written & Inspiringnejimakipiyo25 Sep 20211.2bYes
A good fix.ActionHenk17 Apr 20201.2bYes
It's Trying To Do A Little Too Much.91-MPH17 Apr 20201.2bYes
The Best Version of BoF2 AvailableShade Aurion05 Feb 20201.2bYes
Elevates both the title and the seriesChicken Knife19 Feb 20181.2bYes
What the English release should've beentaimurrahman05 Dec 20151.2bYes
Amazing!magictrufflez01 May 20151.2bYes
Just What This Game NeededKlaviaturist17 Feb 2011N/AYes
This is IT!Hamlet18 Nov 2009N/AYes