All I want is the SNES version, ideally something compatible with Rodimus' TWUE and the GBA script straight up. It's what Square-Enix is going by these days and like Chrono Trigger DS/PC it really should be all we need going forward.
I'm not here to comment on anyone's preferences, as we are all entitled to our own. I just want to point out that trying to match the most recent translation is a never-ending game.
So long as these titles are produced in non-English settings, there will be variation in the naming conventions used during translation for the English market. It's not nearly as random and ever-changing as it used to be, because companies are making an effort now to keep some consistency.
But if there's a change in leadership at one of these companies, or a long stretch of time between translated titles during which staffing or attitudes or preferences may change, or any number of things, the ground will shift again. Maybe not for all translated elements in a game or series, but at least one or two or three are going to creep in there. And so you're back to playing that catch-up game you can never win.
Personally, this is why some of us old farts, especially ones who dabble with game modification but are not part of the scene (like me), don't bother.
If I ever do another hack of an NES Dragon Quest game (which I'd like to), I will use the original Enix of America naming conventions. Partly it's my nostalgia talking, but it's also the fact that those naming conventions can never, ever change. That book is shut. So the names will always be the same, even after the spells and monsters go through their next 70 rounds of renaming in newer titles.
I like reading these boards because of the enthusiasm for the projects. But like any community, it can be a little echo-chambery. A lot of people who play the hacks available through this site don't care about these questions at all, or prefer the old to the new, etc. You can't please them all. So I hope everyone just makes the project that they would want to play for themselves.
Again, this is not a rebuttal. Just couldn't resist dropping a completely unsolicited Actually on you this morning.