Archive for the ‘Giftpia’ Category

Good news! Indie translation group Kirameki has finally completed its English translation of Skip’s Giftpia. The translation can be found here, and though there’s currently no patch so you can play in English on your telly, Kirameki is eager for any interested hackers to contact them. Text is better than nothing, of course, and I for one will be taking advantage of the translation, with the GameCube on my TV and the script running on my iPad. And if I get a bit stuck, well there’s always NTSC-uk’s handy guide.

Now how about that Captain Rainbow translation that Kirameki’s also working on? A member of the group got in touch with me and said, “Sadly, captain rainbow is still ongoing.” Doesn’t sound too promising does it? Well, until it’s done, NTSC-uk (again) has you covered with a nice little guide.


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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.

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patent-box.jpgIt’s friday night and I should be having fun. Instead, I’m being the most boring person on the Internet and randomly searching for Japanese patents. Why, because sometime you find clues to a new and exciting game.

No such luck today but I did find this patent from our good friend Kenichi Nishi. It’s very confusingly written (as are all legal documents) but it seems to be a patent for the gameplay structure in skip’s 2003 GameCube RPG Giftpia. What’s strange is that the patent was filed in the US in 2004, a year after the game was released in Japan. Further proof that the game was definitely supposed to be released in the States? I think so. Funnily enough, some of the less specific gameplay descriptions also sound like they could apply to Chibi-Robo. I guess that just shows that Nishi’s RPGs all have a certain something in common.

Interestingly, the patent also claims that the proposed RPG could be made for a console with ‘intergrated monitor’. I’d like to think that this means that a DS version is on the way… but I suspect this kind of comment is standard practice and doesn’t really amount to anything.

Still, it’s intersting to see how these things are handled behind the scenes and it goes to show why developers sometimes appear to be inactive for so long. It’s because they have to spend all their time writing ridiuclously long documents like this one.

By the way: If anyone can get the images on this page to load then please send them to me. I’m quite keen to see what they look like.

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Well, not quite.

Though Giftpia was once almost nearly but not quite translated into English there is now a way for non-Japanese speakers to finally understand and play the game. Click here to see Jason Muir’s comprehensive guide and be sure to bookmark it.

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