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Castlevania II English Re-translation (+Map)

Hack of Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

Description:

This is an English re-Translation of Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest. In addition to translating the ROM, an in-game map is added, and the Japanese staff credits were re-added to the game. The patch is for the NES version.

Note: Since release 2.9.9.1, the black-screen crash bug mentioned in several reviews has been fixed.

The translation is based on the original Japanese text. According to the author, extensive research was performed on the meaning of the sometimes cryptic original Japanese text in the game, and special attention was paid to make sure that all the translated text makes sense and is understandable, without undermining the loyalty in translation to the original Japanese game.

Features include:

  • NTSC version (there is also a PAL option)
  • MMC4 chipset (there are also MMC3, MMC1, MMC5, UNROM and VRC6 options, see the vending machine)
  • Reintroduced some features that the English releases removed from the Japanese version — Includes the extended ending text, as well as Konami-style Start text on the power-on screen.
  • Map function — An in-game map is included. It helps understand the layout of the game world, and to know the name of whichever place the player currently is in. It compensates for the lack of actual game manual, which in the Japanese releases included a map. Press the select button to view the map in the game.
  • SRAM save function — Game can be saved at any time into internal battery-backed memory and loaded later.
  • Cinematic prologue
  • Seamless fading between night and day times
  • Quality-of-life improvements to game controls: Jump down stairs with down+A, hit stun on stairs, Simon blinks when hurt
  • Extra dialog in select locations — Small changes that improve the game experience without changing the nature of the game.
  • Language — English.

For more patching options and more up-to-date versions see the following link: https://bisqwit.iki.fi/cv2fin/

There is also a document that lists in detail all the dialog in the original English and Japanese versions of the game, explains their meaning, and takes educated guesses on why certain lines were translated the way they were: https://bisqwit.iki.fi/cv2fin/diff

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Castlevania II - Simon's Quest (U) [!].nes - GOODNES 3.14
  • CRC32: A9C2C503
  • MD5: 1B827C602C904D8C846499C9F54B93E0
  • SHA-1: D6B96FD98AE480C694A103FE9A5D7D84EEAFB6F7
  • SHA-256: F045D72683D3156555ECCBB56090888F03A15E5B25E59DB49DCA7A87330472D3

Links:

Screenshots:


Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
BisqwitHacking

User Review Information

Awesome castlevania 2 hack

Reviewed By: Greyfox on 02 Jan 2016

I’m truly amazed with this hack, the night and day shift text box is removed, now the games runs more fluid, also, the text and dialogs were reviewed. The map addition was a great touch, it seems that I’m playing a new game, very cool indeed. 5 stars!!

Version 2.9.8.17 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommend
Thoroughly enjoyableInAnotherCastle29 Dec 20212.12.0.1Yes
This is how the game should be playednejimakipiyo28 Dec 20212.12.0.1Yes
A broken game became epic. Only 1 thing left to be doneYuriFerro21 Nov 20212.12.0.1Yes
Makes it playable, what more could you ask for?Sosuko27 Oct 20212.12.0.1Yes
The ultimate second questSupergamerguy15 Oct 20212.12.0.1Yes
Lifting a curse becomes easier with a mapleszy09 Feb 20212.12.0.1Yes
I only wish that this were the game I had as a kid.scruntle21 Jan 20212.9.9.1Yes
THE DEFINITIVE VERSION OF THIS GAMEscorpion2313 Apr 20202.9.8.19Yes
Definitive Castlevania IItimeisup11 Apr 20202.9.8.19Yes
What a Horrible Night to Have a CopyrightMr. Pennington04 Jan 20202.9.8.19Yes
Say Hello to the REAL Simon's Quest!Riggan21 Jan 20192.9.8.19Yes
Good with some flawsGyroblock23 Nov 20182.9.8.19Yes
Best Version, But Needs WorkVasid19 Nov 20182.9.8.19Yes
Almost perfect!!WebSlinger26 Feb 20182.9.8.19Yes
Huge Improvement But Not Without A Few QuirksEldrethor25 Feb 20182.9.8.19Yes
It's just betternesfan11 Dec 20162.9.8.17Yes
Awesome castlevania 2 hackGreyfox02 Jan 20162.9.8.17Yes
Best Castlevania II Hackrafael01 Jan 20162.9.8.17Yes
Simon gets new life!darkanx03 May 2014N/AYes
The Way Simon's Quest Should Have Been ReleasedKlaviaturist28 Dec 2012N/AYes