I played through the NoPrgress version. Despite the warning that things beyond a certain point aren't finished, it's playable to the end. Expect some wonkiness when revisiting older locales, though (mostly pointer placeholders). Other than that, you should be golden. However, if you're emulating anyway, you may want to consider just emulating the DS version instead.
EDIT: After, of course, obtaining a legitimate copy!
Thanks for the feedback about Dragon Quest 6 bugs, SargeSmash.
I did consider the Nintendo DS version, but I really prefer the classic 2D style of the SNES version.
However, if the SNES translation is still unfinished years from now, I may decide to give up on my plans for a 2D Dragon Quest 6, and simply play the 3D Nintendo DS version. (or perhaps a future remake of Dragon Quest 6, on a future console)
The first few towns worth of text were translated by Unafarmer and are really good, the rest of the game hops between translators which leads to some inconsistent voicing and just weird disjointed reading.
Woah, thanks for the warning, Neil.
It hadn't occurred to me that the different translations would create inconsistent reading.
That would definitely ruin the experience for me.
I'll echo what others have said. If the DS version is an option, go with that. I'm playing through it right now myself and it's done rather well (except for the annoying mock accents anyway).
As I said earlier in this post, I may eventually give up my 2D plans, and play Dragon Quest 6 in 3D.
But since I have many other Dragon Quest games to finish first, I'll wait a couple years before giving up.
[...] here's the history I have from the Whirlpool News Archive, DeJap, and DQ6. As far as I see, what you say was never released. I look forward to contradicting evidence!
Thanks for all the research, Nightcrawler.
It would be great if this debating about the Dragon Quest 6 patches, inspires a programmer (and translator) to take over the translation effort.
But if nothing else, it may motivate a RomHacking.net staff member to update the information about Dragon Quest 6, in the translations database.
Regardless of the results, I truly appreciate the attention my query has been given, by the RomHacking.net community and staff members.