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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.

THIS RELEASE (2.9.9.1) FIXES THE PROLOGUE BLACK-SCREEN CRASH BUG MENTIONED IN SEVERAL REVIEWS.

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: 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:

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
BisqwitHacking

User Review Information

What a Horrible Night to Have a Copyright

Reviewed By: Mr. Pennington on 04 Jan 2020

Generally, I’ve never been a Simon’s Quest fan. I think it’s a fundamentally misguided (albeit honorable) attempt at an action/adventure game, but it’s so CLOSE to being good that I’ve never been able to dismiss it entirely. This retranslation alone, even without any of the additional features, seriously improves the experience. I’ve seen a number of attempts to retranslate this game, but this is the only one that feels like I’m getting what was originally intended.

The clues here are simply that: clues. They don’t explicitly tell me what to do and they’re human sentences (unlike the bizarre original text) which point me in the correct direction. I’m sure many will appreciate the array of optional patches which remove various annoyances from the game and/or add helpful features, but I VERY much appreciate that every one of them is optional. I like to go for the purest experience possible, so having the option to simply apply the superior translation to the warts-and-all original game allows me to experience what Japanese players did. I think ALL improvement patches which take artistic liberties with the game should follow this one’s example.

All of this great work makes it especially frustrating that the title screen is stamped with all three of my biggest pet peeves in a ROM hack: a translation copyright, version info, and a website link. It always kind of perplexes me whenever I see this. If I were creating a ROM hack which was intended to replace the original game, even if I sunk countless hours into it, I’d want it to seem as though my version is the way the game always was. The original game obviously would not have contained my website link or a copyright from over 20 years later. If I put enough work into a translation that I felt it warranted a copyright, I’d simply bundle my hack with a ReadMe which contained both the copyright and any additional information one might need, so as to not break the illusion of authenticity in-game for people.

If this sort of thing doesn’t bother you, then you’ll likely have no complaints here. Excellent translation, excellent additional features for those who want to go further, and if you’re not a CVII fan, excellent reason to give it another shot.

Version 2.9.8.19 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
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