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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 additon 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.

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)
  • MMC1 chipset (there are also MMC3, MMC4, MMC5, UNROM and VRC6 options)
  • Added dialog in select locations - Small changes that will improve the game experience without changing the nature of the game.
  • 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.
  • Advanced password encryption - Passwords that are encrypted with extended functionality, can be decoded by the original (unhacked) versions of the game. The function expands the repertoire of passwords.
  • Language - English.

For more patching options see the following link: http://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: http://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

Say Hello to the REAL Simon's Quest!

Reviewed By: Riggan on 22 Jan 2019

Terrific hack that completely transforms the poorly coded, super-poorly translated Simon’s Quest into the NES classic it should’ve been from the start.

Some serious love has been put into this. The addition of the map is a big-time improvement. The dialog has been re-translated so the townsfolk utter coherent sentences that actually make sense and help the player, rather than further confuse like the original. The night/day transitions are seamlessly magical. Gone are the constant interruptions of the sun’s arrival/departure, leaving the player free to focus on the action and not forced to lose concentration in the middle of a battle while the game takes an annoying “commercial break”. The save feature is also a god-send. While the password function is still present, it is no longer needed as the game can now be saved on the fly at any time and resumed immediately without having to take the time to enter in a long, ridiculous code.

This wonderful hack combined with tkempkes “False Floors”, “Double Hearts”, and NaOH’s “Penalty Reduction” have created the definitive experience for me. No more unnecessary grinding to build up hearts which in the past would pretty well guarantee you would NOT achieve the best ending in under 7 days. Simon’s Quest is now my pick-up-and-play game between the original three on the NES. So much more enjoyable and thank you to all who have contributed.

Version 2.9.8.19 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
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