So I thought it was about time I brought this into the Personal Projects section.So, what is this?
I'm a Dragon Quest fan. Yeah I played the original Dragon Warrior for NES, but it wasn't until Square-Enix's recent releases and completely overhauled localization that really made me a hardcore Dragon Quest
fan. Square-Enix released some decent remakes of the Erdrick trilogy (I-III) on Mobile devices based on the Super Famicom remakes (DQ I+II getting a bit more visual polish). The upside is that these featured a lush, extravagant translation that mixed the old school Olde English dialog of the NES games with a bit more flair and charm of Modern Dragon Quest releases. These releases are also consistent with other games that reference them directly like Dragon Quest Builders. The downside to these mobile exclusives are... well, they're exclusive to mobile devices, and from a technical standpoint... they're not the best. No controller support, stuck in portrait mode! Yuck! What if I just want to play the games the good ol' fashioned way?
And this is where PROJECT RE-QUEST comes in. Inspired by the likes of 121J
and Chaos Rush
and recently being able to extract the scripts from the three mobile games, I now have the means to port the scripts to the three Dragon Quest games.So are you doing Dragon WARRIOR NES or the Dragon Warrior remakes on SFC?
I plan to do BOTH. While the NES versions are certainly dated, and the scripts are based on the remakes, I want to give people options. Sometimes you just want that good old broken NES difficulty and 8 bit graphics. I'm a bit of an amateur ROM Hacker though, so don't go expecting anything miraculous. I'll probably be using this thread to ask for advice and help for those willing to follow this thread.What about Chicken Knife's Project? Isn't he doing the same thing?
We have similar goals and enjoy helping each other out where we can, but Chicken Knife plans to decensor and delocalize Dragon Warrior, making it closer to the Japanese version. I'm simply updating the script to make it better resemble modern Dragon Quest releases and make it so you can play Builders and go straight to Dragon Warrior and not feel a jarring difference in localization.Puff Puff?
Oh yeah! You betcha
So where am I at now? Well I'm finishing Dragon Warrior 1. Script is done, and with a DTE hack by Psyklax (just need a little help getting the DTE tables setup), we'll be able to get in the much beefier script. No screens yet, but to give you an idea, here's the opening dialog from the King from both versions for comparisonOpening dialog with the King
Descendant of Erdrick, listen now to my wordsDragon Quest Mobile
It is told that in ages past Erdrick fought demons with a Ball of Light
Then came the Dragonlord who stole the precious globe and hid it in the darkness
Now, ь, thou must help us recover the Ball of Light and restore peace to our land
The Dragonlord must be defeated
Take now whatever thou may find in these Treasure Chests to aid thee in thy quest
Then speak with the guards, for they have much knowledge that may aid thee
May the light shine upon thee, ь
(sorry a lot of messy formatting from my script rip)
King: <3F<07! Scion of the bloodline of Erdrick, hero of legend! Long have I awaited thy coming!<1A<0C
<11King: In days of yore, thy revered ancestor did receive of the Almighty Goddess the Sphere of Light.<1A<0C
<11King: By its power was our world rid of the menace which did beset it.<1A<0C
<11King: Yet, alas, some few years past, there did arise a new threatâ€”the Dragonlord.<1A<0C
<11King: With his cunning, he did steal away the Sphere of Light from us, plunging the land into darkness once more.<1A<0C
<11King: Should this state of affairs be suffered to continue, the night must surely take unrelenting hold, and our realm perish.<1A<0C
<11King: So I say unto thee, <07 of the bloodline of heroes, vanquish the accursed Dragonlord, and reclaim the Sphere of Light!<1A<0C
<11King: In the chests o'er yonder wilt thou find items to aid thee on thy quest. Take what thou wilt, with my blessing.<1A<0C
<11King: Partake thee also of the wisdom of those loyal subjects gathered here in my throne room.<1A<0C
<11King: Doubt not but that their knowledge will serve thee as well as any shield.<1A<0C
<11King: May the Goddess guide thee to victory, and return thee unto us ere long, brave <07!<0C
I do have screens of successful Item and Monster names hacked. A HUGE thanks to abw for helping me with those.
Fun fact, in the 1.0 version of the ROM, the battle dialog would use a special byte to add or omit an S in "Hits" if the number was greater than 1, and it turns out you can use it for other things too!
Hope to get this out soon!