Hi, I'm translating / hacking the SNES game Marvelous - mou hitotsu no takarajima. I feel like I've made enough progress and can see far enough down the road to merit a thread.current playtest patch
This is an incomplete shoddy patch. The dialogue is 98%ish translated, but some UI elements are not translated, some graphics are missing, some line breaks are misplaced and WILL CRASH THE GAME D: You have been warned.
Text wall, hooooooooo!
I'm pretty bad at hacking, but I got a few breaks with this game. Marvelous only has 2 pointers. One is to the RAM location (SA-1 RAM I think...) where it writes a 24bit pointer table. The other pointer is to the start of the dialogue block. I expanded the ROM and repointed so the English script will fit.
1736 2302 2559
2929 strings translated and inserted out of 3075. As I get more lines translated, the going gets a little slower since I have been skipping lines that don't make sense without context. I will start my localization playthrough when I translate as much as possible without context (not to put too much pressure on myself, but probably this week). One unfortunate thing is that the dialogue is jumbled pretty badly. It almost seems like it alternates every other line between different islands... When I've done as much editing and proofreading / playtesting as I can stand, I would really appreciate playtesters. Marvelous is VERY sensitive with text formatting, and will freeze up and crash awfully if a string has 23+ characters, or if a line break is in the wrong place... and there are many branching possibilities, so with one playthrough I won't be able to test all strings.
As far as graphics, I did most of the menu things today but only with moderate success. The problem is that, as you see on the right side on "item" and "teamwork" is that some weird overlay persists, even though I replaced all the relevant graphics I could find... The other graphics problem is that I can't find a way to replace the titlescreen, or the short intro that plays before the title screen. Those are problems for way down the road, I reckon.
Now, I'll leave you with a fish:
*edit 2012/3/21 TL progress update. 2302! 75%!
*edit 2012/3/22 TL progress update. 2559! I started my playthrough!
*edit 2012/3/25 TL progress update. 2929! on last chapter
*edit 2012/12/15 meh i give up
patch link up.