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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

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
BisqwitHacking

User Review Information

Best Version, But Needs Work

Reviewed By: Vasid on 21 Nov 2018

I would argue that this romhack is the single best way to play Simon’s Quest, far better than Redacted due to the way it stayed true to the original intent of the game not to mention it’s other features. However, there are some negatives worth noting. It may be that I was playing on original hardware, but the save screen would often have visual glitches for me. Also while the prologue cutscene is very well done it always ends on a black screen and can often black screen when trying to get out of it.

The good news is this patch has a whole website built around options, so I for example ended up removing the prologue cutscene all together as it got annoying to have to rush through the opening screen. And if the save screen’s glitches bothered me so much I could have switched back to the old password interface (but I didn’t). If there’s something you don’t like in the patch, just switch it out.

Overall, even with it’s small flaws, I strongly recommend this patch to both first time players of Simon’s Quest as well as old returning vampire slayers.

Version 2.9.8.19 Recommended - Yes

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I only wish that this were the game I had as a kid.scruntle21 Jan 20212.9.9.1Yes
THE DEFINITIVE VERSION OF THIS GAMEscorpion2314 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!Riggan22 Jan 20192.9.8.19Yes
Good with some flawsGyroblock25 Nov 20182.9.8.19Yes
Best Version, But Needs WorkVasid21 Nov 20182.9.8.19Yes
Almost perfect!!WebSlinger27 Feb 20182.9.8.19Yes
Huge Improvement But Not Without A Few QuirksEldrethor26 Feb 20182.9.8.19Yes
It's just betternesfan12 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!darkanx04 May 2014N/AYes
The Way Simon's Quest Should Have Been ReleasedKlaviaturist28 Dec 2012N/AYes