The NeoGeo CD original is apparently the "definitive" version of the game. It's been translated into French, as well as Spanish. There have been multiple projects started to translate it to English, most notably by MoriaMug/Deuce, though he abandoned it and claims it was lost in an HDD crash, never to be revived/recovered/released. All that's left are some scenarios that he uploaded to Youtube.
The other was by a guy named Apocalypse that had some beta testers (I applied, and was not chosen) and he released a partial translation of one of the scenarios, it works but is completely unfinished. He abandoned it as well, and he claims that he got a lot of opposition from the NeoGeo community and that is absolutely not true. In fact the reaction to his thread on it was overwhelmingly positive. People have even offered to take up the mantle and continue the work (and give him credit, naturally) and so far it seems he's just ignored those offers for help for one reason or another.
One of the people that was helping him also offered to continue, and has not gotten any response.
Even I tried to start a project to maybe take the Spanish version (I can read Spanish fairly well but wouldn't say I'm fluent in reading it) and translate that to English, even using Google Translate at worst case. I looked into it, and realized I am INCREDIBLY out of my depth when it comes to ROM hacking or Translation hacking. I even posted about it in the newcomers' forum. I looked into it and I'm just not educated enough when it comes to programming/hacking to evenattempt it.
I figured maybe there was a way to dump the script for the whole game, google translate it, maybe clean it up a bit, and then inject it back into the Spanish patch, but I guess that's not possible, at least not from what I understand.
Anyway, sorry for the ramble - but seeing as how the Saturn is getting a lot more attention now with Grandia, Lunar, Sakura Wars, Policenauts and their translations, does anyone think it might be possible for someone to translate SSRPG at least for the Saturn? I figure if there are Saturn translation tools out there, can they be used to do this in another game?
I could be talking out of my ass here, but since there isn't really a need for Translating games on the NeoGeo/NeoGeoCD, there aren't many people that work on them, or make tools for translating NeoCD games. But it seems there is an active community that is translating Saturn games. Would it then be possible to use some of the tools used on the previously mentioned translations to do the same thing for Samurai Shodown RPG on the Saturn? And then in turn, use that translation for the NeoCD version? Even if the Saturn version is not the 'definitive' version, it would at least be *something.*