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Title: Translations: Akira!
Post by: RHDNBot on April 29, 2012, 09:10:46 AM
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Update By: danke

You can finally play the iconic movie on your NES!

Akira is a point-and-click text adventure following the plot of the movie (not the manga), and is sure to give even the greatest fans quite the challenge.

This project was many years in the making and was a combined effort of danke, Pennywise, and Niahak with some early aid from RedComet. The game was translated rather quickly, but, because it was a text adventure, space immediately became an issue. After a line hack and hijacking the native DTE, space was still a major issue. It was decided that the ROM needed to be expanded and the pointer system reworked. After that headache, the text was inserted without issues and with minimal editing for space. You can enjoy the game as it was meant to be.

The game itself is extremely challenging if you haven't watched the movie. There are also some 'shooting' mini-games that are enough to make you swear, so saving often is highly recommended.

To make use of the patch, you need to run the ROM through ROM Expander Pro, which is included in the zip file. All instructions can be found in the readme.

Due to the nature of the game and the hundreds of possible choices and responses, no amount of beta-testing could have checked over everything. As far as we know, the game is 100% bug-free, but there may be a typo or two. If you spot anything, feel free to report it in the forum post linked with this article.

RHDN Project Page (http://www.romhacking.net/translations/1725/)

Relevant Link: (http://www.romhacking.net/translations/1725/)
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: saito on April 29, 2012, 10:28:48 AM
Congrats, the translation and the romhacking looks great, i'll give it a try since I have some holydays  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Pennywise on April 29, 2012, 01:49:12 PM
If anyone plays through the game, could they compile some screenshots?
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Bregalad on April 29, 2012, 02:51:35 PM
I didn't see the movie.
Should I still play the game or should I pass this one ?
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Higgs on April 29, 2012, 02:55:43 PM
Sweet, been waiting for this one for a long time. Gotta love good ol semitalix too, one of my favorite fonts! =)
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Pennywise on April 29, 2012, 03:14:46 PM
Well, just see how far you can get into the game before constantly dying.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Niahak on April 29, 2012, 03:22:29 PM
Quote from: Bregalad on April 29, 2012, 02:51:35 PM
I didn't see the movie.
Should I still play the game or should I pass this one ?

I started translation work on this game before I saw the movie (though I read the manga)... and I don't think the story really stands on its own very well.  You will run into at least a half-dozen small brick walls where it's totally unclear where to proceed.  I had a pretty tough time reaching the end even after watching the movie.

This game was very clearly made for fans of the movie, if not as a simple cash-in.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Validus on April 29, 2012, 09:16:46 PM
two words

a mazing
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: DankPanties on April 30, 2012, 08:31:13 AM
I'm definitely pleased to see this, not the least reason being Akira is my favorite piece of anime of all time.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: snark on May 01, 2012, 12:13:48 AM
Wow! This is really great news. Great work, Danke. :)
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: ded302 on May 01, 2012, 11:40:09 AM
Good job.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Gideon Zhi on May 01, 2012, 12:57:16 PM
(http://agtp.romhack.net/temp/tetsuo.jpg)
Kaaaaaaaaaneeeeeeeeeeeedaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: arromdee on May 01, 2012, 09:00:38 PM
I tried applying this to the No-Intro version of the ROM.  It didn't like the checksum.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: jmurjeff on May 02, 2012, 03:33:02 AM
Is this game any good? I remember trying the Japanese version a little while back and kept dying all the time. Just wondering if it is worth a play through.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: BRPXQZME on May 02, 2012, 10:54:11 AM
Quote from: Gideon Zhi on May 01, 2012, 12:57:16 PM
Kaaaaaaaaaneeeeeeeeeeeedaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Meeeeeeeeexiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiicoooooooooooooooooooo
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: danke on May 02, 2012, 06:50:36 PM
Quote from: arromdee
I tried applying this to the No-Intro version of the ROM.  It didn't like the checksum.
I've never tested it with the No-Intro set as I don't really see the point of No-Intro NES games. Stick with the GoodNES Akira (J).nes.

Quote from: jmurjeff
Is this game any good? I remember trying the Japanese version a little while back and kept dying all the time. Just wondering if it is worth a play through.
Depends on your definition of good. It's an adventure game following the plot of the movie. If that sounds like your cup of tea, go for it! But if you stray too far from the original plot, you tend to die. And you will die a lot, because the Japanese are not very forgiving apparently.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Pennywise on May 02, 2012, 07:24:38 PM
I compared both versions of the ROM a few months ago. There were only a handful of differences that seemed to revolve around a small piece of code that didn't appear to be used by the game. So either version are pretty much the same and have no impact on the game.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: DankPanties on May 03, 2012, 10:29:29 AM
Quote from: jmurjeff on May 02, 2012, 03:33:02 AM
Is this game any good?

Surely it's better than Akira Pyscho Ball (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_Psycho_Ball).

Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: KingMike on May 03, 2012, 11:49:10 AM
Is it better than the Amiga game (which shouldn't be very hard, just make a game that doesn't start out with the speed bike level from Battletoads :D )?

(we only guess there's a good chance the canceled SNES/Genesis/N64 game was going to be based on that.)
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Klaviaturist on May 06, 2012, 07:26:57 AM
I'll have to check this out. I grew up watching the original English translation of the movie. You know, the one with the voice actor that voiced Leonardo from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. Now I here a live action movie is possibly in the works? Don't know officially what to think about that...
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Lilinda on May 06, 2012, 07:33:06 AM
There's been one in the works for years now. Every once in a while it gets cancelled then revived. The last incarnation was cancelled.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Klaviaturist on May 06, 2012, 07:39:09 AM
Quote from: I.S.T. on May 06, 2012, 07:33:06 AM
There's been one in the works for years now. Every once in a while it gets cancelled then revived. The last incarnation was cancelled.

I know the film has been in "development hell" for years now. I didn't realize the recent incarnation had been canceled as well. Considering that they had a director hired and have been working on casting the movie. I know that with the way special effects work today (CGI) that they could recreate the amazing powers that were given to Tetsuo and particularly the amazing climax, but I just don't know if the film would have the same impact that the original Anime had. Having said that, I would still pay money to check it out.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Lilinda on May 06, 2012, 11:21:54 AM
They turned Kaneda into a bar owner.

You would not want to pay money to see this, or to see it period.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: RedComet on May 06, 2012, 03:55:20 PM
Glad to see this finally got released. Congrats, danke. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: danke on May 13, 2012, 01:47:52 AM
I uploaded an updated patch fixing the ending. Seems an insertion error made it nearly impossible to beat the game. That should be all fixed now. (Shows how many of you actually played the game...)
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: vincent_vincent on May 13, 2012, 06:00:11 PM
Where can i find that patch ?
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Pennywise on May 13, 2012, 06:33:35 PM
Quote from: vincent_vincent on May 13, 2012, 06:00:11 PM
Where can i find that patch ?

Only at the super secret project page (http://www.romhacking.net/translations/1725/)
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: vincent_vincent on May 15, 2012, 06:41:56 PM
Isn't that the old patch ?
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: KingMike on May 15, 2012, 07:40:02 PM
Currently, the patch on the project page has a file date of May 9th.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Lilinda on May 16, 2012, 07:05:57 AM
It's the updated version. I approved it myself.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: danke on May 16, 2012, 12:02:55 PM
The original version was 0.99. The updated is 0.995. It's there. Trust me.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Garoth Moulinoski on May 16, 2012, 03:43:25 PM
Quote from: DankPanties on April 30, 2012, 08:31:13 AM
I'm definitely pleased to see this, not the least reason being Akira is my favorite piece of anime of all time.

Seriously? Hmm... I thought it was OK, but over hyped... it seemed like the story was all over the place with little coherency. It was worth a watch at least. I know I'd like to read the comic since the story is better fleshed out.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: danke on May 16, 2012, 07:58:26 PM
I was never a huge fan of the anime. It's heralded as some great milestone in Japanese animation and what not, but from a Western viewpoint, it's a little hard to follow I guess. The manga isn't -much- clearer, but there's a lot more of a story to it, and it, naturally, continues on after the movie ends... With the Akira Empire and all that. I think it's a movie everyone should watch once for the sake of watching it because of its classic status, but watching it more than once a year would be crazy. Or, you know, play testing the game hundreds of times, too. That's a little crazy. And bound to make you hate the movie a lot.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Bregalad on May 17, 2012, 03:38:32 AM
I just saw the movie yesterday and yeah - basically I hated it. Not my type at all.

There is literally zero fun from the beginning to the end, I don't get a clue of what's happening, there is continuous meaningless violence during all the movie, and it's quite scary.
It's like the exact opposite of the vast majority of animes which are full of clever humour, which is what I like about animes.

So yeah I'll most definitely pass the game. Sorry if this is rude, but why does translators put efforts to translate bad games when there is still good games that are untranslated ?
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: danke on May 17, 2012, 03:41:07 AM
Because there are demands for games such as this. It was in Japanese, so how were people supposed to know what it was like? And the game itself isn't bad. It's a challenging text adventure with great graphics for the NES. And it's based on a famous movie that wasn't shovelware. People see "Akira" and get excited.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: KaioShin on May 17, 2012, 03:41:50 AM
And that's exactly why Akira is so important... because it's not another silly children entertainment flick but a serious movie for adults. Akira was the one thing that established that Japanese animation is different from US cartoons by being not just for kids (not saying this was or is in fact true, but back when the movie came out that was the opinion of the vast majority of people).
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: BRPXQZME on May 17, 2012, 03:50:10 AM
Quote from: Bregalad on May 17, 2012, 03:38:32 AM
So yeah I'll most definitely pass the game. Sorry if this is rude, but why does translators put efforts to translate bad games when there is still good games that are untranslated ?
- Due to technical or legal difficulty, some translations aren't going to happen. Or at least not soon.
- Scope matters. In general, older games involve less work. Less work means it's more likely to get done. A good game often also means a big game.
- We can't pick all winners all the time. There are so many untranslated games, that if you picked the first project you crossed, chances are there's a better project you missed. Nothing wrong with that, by the way.
- Why let Japan have all the kusoge? People seem to be misguided, thinking Japan keeps all the cool stuff to themselves. But actually, they're often putting their best foot forward when it comes to exports, so a lot of the worst games there never get put into another language. Fan translations touch an area here that for-profit companies never will.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Bregalad on May 17, 2012, 06:22:55 AM
Yeah, it's true people often see the exeptions (like Seiken Densestsu 3 not being translted officially) and complain about it, but they misses the tons of bad games that are untranslated too.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Garoth Moulinoski on May 17, 2012, 09:21:55 AM
Quote from: Bregalad on May 17, 2012, 03:38:32 AM
I just saw the movie yesterday and yeah - basically I hated it. Not my type at all.

There is literally zero fun from the beginning to the end, I don't get a clue of what's happening, there is continuous meaningless violence during all the movie, and it's quite scary.
It's like the exact opposite of the vast majority of animes which are full of clever humour, which is what I like about animes.

So yeah I'll most definitely pass the game. Sorry if this is rude, but why does translators put efforts to translate bad games when there is still good games that are untranslated ?

Sheesh... I wouldn't bash it that bash it that bad. It wasn't a bad movie, it was just a bit all over the place...

I also wonder how much Japanese cartoons you watch... a lot of them are serious, some depressing. Or maybe I've been watching and reading a specific subset of them...
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Validus on May 20, 2012, 02:23:33 PM
HELP!! GLITCH!?!?!?!


the very first scene whene you are captured and interrogated. You have two choices. TALK and LOOK

both lead to a game over


great game guys.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: danke on May 20, 2012, 02:25:41 PM
It's far from a glitch. Welcome to the challenge of the game.

You want to talk to the interrogator up until "What next, a triathlon?" Then you want to select "look" and "gang", and click on Kaneda, Yamagata, and Kai twice.

Then you can peek at the list a few times, and it should progress.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Validus on May 20, 2012, 02:27:17 PM
you dont understand. As soon as I hit talk for the FIRST TIME it sends me to the game over screen.

The LOOK command does this also on the first try. Pressing start or select dont help either.

reason i thought it was a glitch is the graphics kinda get flakey right before sending me to the game over screen
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: danke on May 20, 2012, 02:29:24 PM
Which ROM did you use?
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Validus on May 20, 2012, 02:30:09 PM
akira J, the one the expander required

gonnna try another one since i know bad roms can cause fuddles
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: danke on May 20, 2012, 02:31:48 PM
Did the expander spit out any errors or warnings?

No one else seems to have had this issue, so I'm not sure what could be causing yours.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Validus on May 20, 2012, 02:36:08 PM
new rom, same error

no errors during expanding. everything went fine

im using NESTOPIA maybe thats the issue
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: danke on May 20, 2012, 02:46:34 PM
Try it on FCEUX. If it doesn't work, let me know. I don't think there's been any reported issues with it, though.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Gideon Zhi on May 22, 2012, 01:57:30 PM
Congratulations(?), you made Kotaku. (http://kotaku.com/5912196/now-you-too-can-play-the-terrible-akira-video-game)
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: odino on March 10, 2013, 11:33:52 PM
Quote from: danke on May 20, 2012, 02:46:34 PM
Try it on FCEUX. If it doesn't work, let me know. I don't think there's been any reported issues with it, though.

Just FYI, I tried this a year ago too and ran into the same issue. I think I even emailed on of you guys back then. Nestopia will not let you past the first section with the officer and there is a little graphic glitch if you look carefully as it suddenly jumps to the prison scene. Anyhow, guess another emulator will have to do.
Title: Re: Translations: Akira!
Post by: Pennywise on March 11, 2013, 12:01:14 AM
You know this might be a RAM initialization issue. This has happened to quite a few of my recent translation and I hacked those and this before I learned my lesson. Easy fix, just need to reacquaint myself and see what's happening.

Actually upon speculation this is not a bug with Nestopia. I just tested the game with Nestopia and I got past the first section. It has to do with the game design, if you don't trigger certain events, you'll get caught in a game over loop.