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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

Good with some flaws

Reviewed By: Gyroblock on 25 Nov 2018

This hack does a great job at improving the original Simon’s Quest and does its best at fixing the bigger flaws which plague the base game. With the addition of the in-game map however, while providing a better sense of direction within the game, the one downside or bug (whatever you’d like to call it), is that after bringing up the map, all previously destroyed enemies on screen re-spawn. Now for many this may not be a big deal, but this feature brings up a couple of issues. One issue is that it makes grinding for hearts in the game cheap and easy, eliminating what’s left of the difficulty within the game. While making the game easier in some instances, it can however make the game more tedious. Within the right circumstances through an individuals play-through, you could get hit immediately or even die when closing the map while returning to the game. Though with the issues the map provides, it’s still an interesting and smart feature that was added to this hack.

There are a couple more bugs which were minor and haven’t diminished the enjoyment of this hack, and parts of the game still have cryptic jumps and cheap deaths, which i’d like to see fixed or re-worked. In the end, counting what this hack does both good and bad, I’d like say that this hack is the best at trying to improve the base game of Simon’s Quest and making the game what it should’ve been when it was first released.

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