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Niji no Silkroad

Nintendo Entertainment System

Game Description:

One of the ways in which Rainbow Silkroad is neat is because it’s somewhat loosely based on historical fact. Not so historical as that you’d actually learn something, but just enough that you’d say “oh hey, that’s neat” every once in a while. You take the role of the long-lost prince of Littleland, who must reclaim his throne from the guy Zrool that took the throne and was evil. Yeah the plot sucks, but it’s irrelevant to the coolness that is this game. Instead the heart of the game is commerce. You take advantage of prices of various goods in various towns, and go back and forth trading goods to get more money. And don’t think you can just kill monsters instead; all that monsters give you are License Points that, when enough are collected, will get you a license to trade in a certain good, such as oil. You don’t have any stats or experience either! The only way you can increase your attack or HP or whatever is by buying more powerful weapons and armor. Sounds cool, doesn’t it? Of course it does, dammit! So go play!

Translation Description:

This is a complete translation patch for Rainbow Silkroad aka Niji no Silkroad for the NES. It was previously translated by Gaijin Translations circa 2000. While good for the time, we felt the translation in general was truncated. Being a fan of the dev, we decided to do our own translation from scratch. We’d like to thank M-Tee for his title screen and for Eien ni Hen’s help on polishing the final product.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • File: Niji no Silk Road (J).nes
  • Length: 393232 Bytes (3 Mbit)
  • CRC32: 5BD1AC0B
  • MD5: c77c8370de8897754ff363b9e5c37892
  • SHA1: 4d44e94dffe5309dd1e7c50f0f32c33e01cf6771

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
aishshaHacking
aishshaTranslation
PennywiseHacking
Eien Ni HenScript Editing/Revision
M-TeeGraphicsTitle Screen Design
RyusuiTranslationSpot Translation

User Review Information

Great translation of an OK game

Reviewed By: cccmar on 10 Mar 2016

This one is quite creative. It has some rather unique mechanics - mobs do not drop gold (you can gain it by trading, which is basically the whole purpose/novelty of the game), you need to replenish your water supplies so as to survive in the desert etc. The gameplay as such, however, is a pretty standard affair. In each region there are quests worth undertaking, you will also venture into dungeons, kill bosses, and fetch items for people. There are also quite a few optional quests. In a nutshell, this is basically a capitalism simulator under the guise of an RPG game. It’s also worth noting that the translation is top-notch - I haven’t encountered any slip-ups, typos and such so far. I don’t think there are any games exactly such as this one on NES/Famicom, so give it a spin if you’re into this sort of thing.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Great translation of an OK gamecccmar10 Mar 20161.0Yes