Smash Bros: “Ridley Hits the Big Time” in Japanese? (Also every 3DS/Wii U Line) [JPN vs ENG]

A follower on twitter asked the following:

I took a quick look at it, and the results were as expected. It simply says 参戦 (san-sen), which means to “join” or “participate” in an event of sorts. It’s often used, but not limited to, fighting games. You see it used in Smash Bros a lot however!

I had recalled in response to the twitter user above is that the Japanese all across the board actually just had “Character Name 参戦,” leaving the localization to come up with colorful lines instead. But memory can be a fickle thing that can lead to misinformation, so those of you who know me also know I like to be very thorough, and so I went through all the trailers once again just to double check for all of you, and made this table:

Character Localization Japanese 日本語
Villager Villager comes to town! むらびと参戦!!
Mega Man Mega Man joins the battle! ロックマン参戦!!
Wii Fit Trainer Wii Fit Trainer weighs in! Wii Fit トレーナ参戦!!
Sonic NA NA
Rosalina & Luma Rosalina & Luma launch into battle! ロゼッタ&チコ参戦!!
Little Mac Little Mac punches in! リトル・マック参戦!!
Charizard Charizard fires it up! リザードン参戦!!
Greninja Greninja makes a splash! ゲッコウガ参戦!!
Mii Fighters
Lincoln Lincoln gets sworn in! リンカーン参戦!!
Elijah Wood Elijah Wood like to battle! イライジャ・ウッド参戦!!
Ice-T* Ice-T Pours it on! NA
Arino Kachou* NA 有野課長参戦!!
Palutena Palutena alights! パルテナ参戦!!
Dark Pit NA NA
Pac-Man Pac-Man hungers for battle! パックマン参戦!!
Lucina Lucina wakes her blade?! ルキナ参戦!?
Robin Robin brings the thunder! ルフレ参戦!!
Shulk Shulk foresees a fight! シュルク参戦!!
Bowser Jr. Bowser Jr. clowns the competition! クッパJr.参戦!!
Duck Hunt Duck Hunt takes aim! ダックハント参戦!!
Mewtwo Mewtwo Strikes Back! ミュウツー参戦!!
Lucas Lucas comes out of Nowhere! リュカ参戦!!
Roy Roy seals the deal! ロイ参戦!!
Ryu Here comes a new challenger! Ryu! リュウ参戦!!
Cloud Cloud storms into battle! クラウド参戦!!
Corrin Corrin chooses to smash! カムイ参戦!!
Bayonetta Bayonetta gets wicked! ベヨネッタ参戦!!
(Ultimate)
Ridley Ridley hits the big time! リドリ参戦!!

Some quick notes/pointers:

  • Mega Man is the only character that actually had it translated to “joins the battle.” Perhaps they felt it worked just fine, or that particular translator did not decide to do anything colorful. Being one of the first trailers, perhaps there was reluctance, yet, Villager was shown before that with his own colorful tag.
  • Sonic lacks a tag, perhaps due to being a returning character. Though the title of the video seems to be “Sonic Joins the Battle” which is also ソニック参戦 in Japanese. Straightforward enough!
  • Ice-T was exclusive for the NoA version. In the NoJ one, it was Arino Kachou instead, a celebrity associated with video games. This was rightfully changed as he would likely be totally unknown to an NoA audience. I did not check, but I wonder if NoE had a third celebrity? Please let me know.
  • Dark Pit lacks any tag for himself in both versions, and his trailer title is shared with Palutena’s so does not include him.
  • Lucina is the only character where the Japanese is slightly different. She has a “?” added where the usual second “!” is in all the rest of the titles. This is reflected in the localization too.
  • In Ryu’s trailer, where it says “I’m Looking / for a / Challenge”, the Japanese says, ” 俺より / 強いやつに / 会いに行く” (ore yori / tsuyoi yatsu ni / ai ni iku), which would mean “I’ve come to meet those stronger than me” (or, literally, “More than me / stronger guys / go to meet”).

So even if you do not speak Japanese, you can simply look at the characters 参戦 and how they appear straight down the Japanese column on the table above. You can even put it into Ctrl + F and highlight all instances.

As expected, the localization indeed spiced up many of the lines with either references to the characters and their source material or puns –which I’m sure is a touch that has been mostly well received. The Japanese side would have been “character joins the battle” all across the board, so perhaps they felt this would be a way to differentiate the characters with references/nods to their origins and fans.

In short:

Japanese is “CharacterName 参戦!! (joins the battle!!)” across the board. All the references and puns are solely creations of the localization. You can assume in the future that any title line in Japanese was likely 参戦.


How would you have gone about writing these lines? What sort of alternate titles for characters would you have come up with? Feel free to share!

Ideally I’d have provided a picture of every single character add on with subtitle, but I just lacked the time to do so. Does anyone know if there is a gallery out there that already has all the (actual) characters and their lines? My search was bogged down by all the fan made ones, so…

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FE Fates Localization: “I was about to walk my cat” [JPN vs ENG]

This post is part of a series on reader requested (and personal curiosity) comparisons between Fire Emblem games’ Japanese and English scripts. Last time, I looked at how Lukas from Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is portrayed slightly differently in English

Today, I return to Fire Emblem Fates thanks to a reader on twitter:

“I was going through my Miiverse when I saw this and I was wondering if the cat was in the Japanese original or simply the localizers having fun. It’s from Revelation chapter 14.”

They provided a screen shot with it (seen above). It’s a brief side conversation with a villager upon visiting a home on the map.

Let’s take a look!

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FE Fates Localization: Soleil & Cows [JPN vs ENG]

This post is part of a series on reader requested (and personal curiosity) comparisons between Fire Emblem games’ Japanese and English scripts. Last time, I looked at Garcia and Dozla’s support conversation in Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones FE8.

Today, I return to Fire Emblem Fates thanks to a reader request who emailed me:

“So Soleil has this line about how milking cows is ‘good practice.’ Dare I ask what it was in Japanese?”

Ah Soleil, you really hold a special place in my heart. I remember this line in English (and Japanese) as well, so let’s take a look at it!

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FE Fates: Did Corrin reference a meme on the final chapter of Revelation? [JPN vs ENG]

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It’s been a while since I did a comparison on Fire Emblem Fates, but this was one thing I was curious about that I got to check today.

Spoiler Warning: The scene in particular is from the final chapter of Revelation. It does not give too much away, nor do I go out of my way too. However, some things in the dialogue may give some minor elements away, so please proceed at your own risk. (I even blurred out the above image).

Please note that this post is purely informative and may share some opinion, but this does not mean the change is necessarily good or bad. A change is just a change that is being looked into, and you can be the judge of whether you like it or not!

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FE14 (Fates) “Choose Your Legends” Poll Results Analysis

Nintendo conducted a poll for Fire Emblem Heroes urging fans to pick a favorite character of theirs that they would love to see featured. Each fan could vote once a day for 13 days for almost any character from any of the main Fire Emblem series of games.

This is part of a miniseries I am doing on analyzing the vast amount of poll data available to us and what it means for the fandom and their favorites regarding characters.

Thanks to the tireless work of Elieson over on serenesforest.net, we can take a look at the break downs by game!

Today we will focus on the final Fire Emblem game on the poll: FE14, better known as Fates.

There are some general things to keep in mind before we get started, however.

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FE Fates: Subaki x Hana Fan Comic Translation (Request)

Today I translated a short (4 page) fan comic featuring Subaki, Hana, and Sakura from Fire Emblem Fates.

This size of request is fairly simple to handle. I asked the original artist (sayokariko, also on twitter) for permission too, to which she gave me the go-ahead so long as she is credited!

So please keep in mind I did not draw these. I simply translated them.

If you have any requests, or are feeling kind enough to donate, please use the “DONATE” button on the top right of this page!

Enjoy!

Tsubakaza1T Tsubakaza2T Tsubakaze3T Tsubakaza4TOriginal comic in sayokariko’s gallery here.