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[Technical] [NDS] Ouran High School Host Club
« on: May 19, 2019, 04:11:42 pm »
There was a project a few years ago dedicated to the translating Ouran High School Host Club DS game that, unfortunately, died. I decided I wanted to revive it, so I found the archive for the old Wikispaces and have been continuing to translate/retranslate the old scripts.

The only issue is the hacking aspect. After diving into hacking tutorials, I've come to the conclusion that I'm just not cut out for it. I can get as far as dumping the scripts as .bin files, but no further. Someone did make a tool for extracting and reinserting this game's scripts, but it is now gone.

Would anyone be able to help me out?

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Re: [Technical] [NDS] Ouran High School Host Club
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2019, 05:59:40 am »
Hiya,

I should probably start by saying, unfortunately no, I am not a hacker. I'm just a fellow anime game translator and enthusiast, who wanted to say 'hang in there'! It can be incredibly disheartening to not get any responses to your posts, especially when you've been working so hard, but I can guarantee that your hard work WILL pay off eventually! Keep it up!  ;D

And, I did actually have something encouraging to offer. I'm sure you're probably already aware of the various threads around from previous translation attempts of this game, although you might not have noticed, the download link in this post still works!

I was able to produce a result with a quick test of the tool;


Unfortunately because it's just a quick test, I can't confirm that the tool is 100% functional, but it's certainly a start! It seems to me that the main reason for the later tools was for the benefit of the original translator, who had arranged their scripts (the ones you've been working off, I believe), in a different format, and didn't want to have to copy and paste everything back in. Hopefully that won't prove to be a big issue for you.

On initial inspection, the font seems to be okay, although you might want to mess around with the widths a little bit to see if you can squeeze some more characters on each line, and spread out the gaps between words a little more. This nifty little NFTR Editor should come in handy!

And lastly, the images appear to be in the standard file type for DS games, which makes life a lot easier! How you'd prefer to go about editing them is up to you. I personally use a mix of Tinke and Crystal Tile 2. (Here's a good tutorial to get you started with editing images in CT2.)

Hope this helps!

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Re: [Technical] [NDS] Ouran High School Host Club
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2019, 07:30:11 pm »
I found a link to the tool on a recent gbatemp thread that had a list of unfinished/orphaned projects; the poster said the download link was broken on gdrive but I downloaded it earlier so it must be back up again- either way here's the link to that post https://gbatemp.net/threads/unfinished-translation-projects-that-could-be-revived.544922/ but if you're having trouble with gdrive i could also upload it to mega or somewhere.


After extracting it there's a readme.txt + the tool itself. the readme is short but it does give you some instructions on what to do with the translation n .bin files. (+ a username* on gbatemp if you wanna ask more questions)

*azerty1

Hope this helped ! (or not if you've already seen that thread..)

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Re: [Technical] [NDS] Ouran High School Host Club
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2019, 06:52:37 am »
Ah... The 'broken' part there refers to the tool itself, sorry if that wasn't clear.

The original mediafire download link and my GDrive backup are both for v1-0 of the tool, an older version that contains an error which replaces every character sprite with this one sprite of Tamaki;


(Screenshot courtesy of Minako)

This error was potentially fixed in v1.2 of the tool, which was the latest version released by azerty1, and the download for that was here, but as you can see, that link is dead.

No one has been able to get in contact with the members of the original team to see if they still have a copy of that version of the tool, so hacking help is still wanted for this game!

There is some useful hacking info about the game on the original GBAtemp thread linked, and also on jjjewel's blog where she wrote up her discoveries.

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Re: [Technical] [NDS] Ouran High School Host Club
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2021, 09:44:00 pm »
Hey yall, a friend and i came across this post while looking for an english translation for Ouran, and we've made a tool that allows translation or the replacement of any text. We've only finished this today and i cannot guarantee that it works perfectly, so every bug report is welcome. The instructions are detailed in the readME  :)
https://github.com/jaga8285/OuranExtractionTool

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Re: [Technical] [NDS] Ouran High School Host Club
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2021, 09:41:24 am »
Wow, that's super cool! I'm not sure how things are going on Minako's end (they're the one who was working on the translation, I'm just an anime game enthusiast :laugh:), but I've added an updated link to your tool in my thread for unfinished NDS translation projects as well.

Hope you manage to find someone!

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Re: [Technical] [NDS] Ouran High School Host Club
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2021, 05:02:41 pm »
Hi all, so I was at one stage one of the admins on the ouran translation project that was on wikispaces. I still have the html files that existed on there but not quite sure the best way to share them?

Also great work on that extraction py code, it works pretty well for me. The tool from years ago only allowed you to extract, nothing to put the code back in easily like your new tool.

Also a bit of a side question but I only have a pretty old mac (like OS X 10.10 old), I don't suppose anyone knows any programs like ndstool to recompile the .bin files back into a nds rom? I've got a hold of tinke but I think that seems to be for images only.

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Re: [Technical] [NDS] Ouran High School Host Club
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2021, 01:12:42 pm »
Hey @yetanotherusername!

I would try getting in touch with ohshcmangadub who have been working on the translation, they should be able to tell you more!

DSLazy/DSBuff work for extracting/repacking ROMS, though I'm afraid I don't know if they're compatible with macs or not  :-[

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Re: [Technical] [NDS] Ouran High School Host Club
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2021, 04:33:03 pm »
It is generally easier to dual boot or run a VM -- macs are filthy disgusting things as far as most ROM hackers seem concerned so don't entertain them, to say nothing of the thousands of legacy tools.

That said there should be a version of ndstool available, and I recall seeing it for macs (devkitpro even had it at one point). I certainly have one I use on Linux.