Good news comes courtesy of waxingerratic. Kirameki, a fan translation group I’ve never actually never heard of before, is working on English and Italian translations of Captain Rainbow. And why not? This one of my favourite games, despite the fact that I don’t understand a word of it, and I’m sure it can only be better in my native tongue. Shame on Nintendo for not releasing it worldwide and good on Kirameki for picking up the baton.
It’s still early days for the translation, around 25% of the English script done so far, but there is an official page for the project here. The most encouraging detail, as far as I see, is that the patch will work much like the recent Fatal Frame IV translation, requiring only an SD card to work. No modified hardware and no copied/patched DVD needed!
In addition to this fabulous news, Kirameki is also running a poll, allowing readers to suggest what the next project will be. There are tons of great games in the possible candidates, but of most note to this site are Giftpia and Welcome Home Chibi-Robo! I voted for Giftpia and I’m pleased to see that it’s currently leading the polls… Although I would love to see a translation of SGGG/Segagaga some day. What a totally original and Lovedelic worthy game from Sega.
And while we’re on the subject of fan translations, has anyone heard about the old Moon: Remix RPG Adventure translation lately? The forum seems to have closed and the webpage hasn’t been updated. Shame.