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›› Dezaemon FC

Published by ›› Athena
Published on ›› September 13th, '91
Platform ›› NES
Genre ›› Shooter (Creation Kit)
First Release ›› March 7th, '00
Current Version ›› 1.00
Released on ›› March 7th, '00

Dezaemon FC

Progress ~ Ys 5 Can Now Be Beaten Ys V - Kefin, Lost City of Sand
# Posted on October 30th, 2013 05:44 PM by Gideon Zhi
Back in May, I quietly discovered several reasons that Ys 5´s translation was crashing the game. I counted at least 60 such bugs, all of which caused the game to die in horrible ways, and despite having those fixed for his most recent playthrough in the last couple of weeks Deuce still encountered over a dozen more crashes, several of which required modification to compressed assembly code, which is really nasty business. Regardless, the game can now be beaten without it crashing, and as sad as it may sound this is a massive step forward for the project.

Unfortunately, this is not to say that the game is done, or even close. The text still needs to be edited, there is still a large amount of menu work that needs to be done, and some of the game´s visual effects are broken. Examples of the broken stuff will be found in my twitter gallery, but the game´s gallery page has been updated with 23 fresh screenshots of functional text.

This is one of a few projects I´d like to have done by the end of the year. Due to a variety of circumstances (including a job hunt) I´m not sure if that´s going to be possible, but it´d certainly be nice!
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Announcement ~ Welcoming SRW2 Back Into the Fold Super Robot Wars 2
# Posted on October 4th, 2013 07:18 AM by Gideon Zhi
Over the years I can think of exactly three projects I´ve ever completely dropped - that is, three projects I removed from the website entirely. One of those was the Japanese version of Castlevania 2: Simon´s Quest, which is now being done by these fine folk here. The second was Granhistoria, an odd little RPG published by Banpresto on the Super Famicom, but I´m not going to be talking about Granhistoria... at least, not today. Today I´m announcing the triumphant return of the Super Robot Wars 2 translation.

I´ve honestly been poking at SRW2 on and off for quite some time. Several years back I was given a hack to help with some extra text space, though I don´t believe this ever found its way into the current build of the translation. I´d redumped the game´s script at around that time and would mention it offhand to people who might be interested, but it was never really a priority.

So last February I re-redumped the script and gave it to TheMajinZenki, who was responsible for the JoJo´s Bizarre Adventure and Royal Stone text translations. (He and I have a few other things brewing by the way, but nothing I´m really willing to talk too much about just yet.) He returned the script to me a month later, and I immediately set to work trying to get it back into the game - only to discover that one of the text banks was badly over-size and that the routine printing said text was shared by a number of the larger graphic elements of the game, so my usual trickery would not work. It was back to the old slash-and-burn tactics of pruning it bit-by-bit until it finally fit into its bank. This is thankless work, and at the time I was busy with my last semester of higher education and still working a full-time job, so SRW2 was not a priority. I also wanted to see if I could manage some kind of workaround for the text, but everything was coming up blank.

Well, this past Monday I sat down with the file and pruned it ´til it fit. I´m not proud of some of the cuts I had to make, but the perfect is the enemy of the good as the saying goes and SRW2 looks pretty good as it is. Then over the next two days I got the rest of the text inserted and hacked up a couple of routines, and now the project is very nearly done; all that really remains is for someone to come in and clean up Zenki´s script a bit and we´ll be ready for testing.

So! Hopefully this will be out soon. I´ve been poking a couple of hornets´ nests in the hopes of getting an editor to come chasing after the script with all the fervor of an angry hive but so far nobody´s really bitten. We´ll see how things progress from here.

Incidentally, those of you who´ve played both older and newer SRWs will appreciate a fairly small hack I performed on SRW2 to get the robots´ battle theme music to stay after combat scenes end. This will be provided with the patch as an optional accessory, and as a bonus it doesn´t even need the translation - if you prefer playing the game in Japanese for whatever reason, the music patch will still work. I´ll be providing a patch to reverse the hack as well.
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Progress ~ Major Progress on Royal Stone Royal Stone
# Posted on April 25th, 2013 04:20 PM by Gideon Zhi
Just dropping a quick word about Royal Stone´s recent dramatic progress. In the last few weeks TheMajinZenki, who you might know as the translator for the recent JoJo´s patch, has been tearing through the game´s script. All of the text unrelated to the actual progression of the story has been inserted, though admittedly only about 90% of it works correctly at the moment. He´s also translated roughly the first two thirds of the main story dialog; I´ve edited and inserted about half of that. I´ve also done a huge pile of work on the technical aspects of the project, including cracking the compression the game uses for its introduction and its combat menus, as well as the sprite data it uses for pause menus. The game is currently playable with only minor issues through Round 5, and all this in the space of a couple of weeks!

I´ve taken 24 screenshots, some of which you may recognize but most of which are new. With a little luck I should have more news for you soon!
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Major Release ~ JoJo´s Bizarre SNES Translation JoJo´s Bizarre Adventure
# Posted on April 13th, 2013 10:24 PM by Gideon Zhi
A week late, admittedly. Sorry about that, but school kind of got in the way, and a few nasty unexpected issues crept up during the playtest. It should be all fixed now, though!

For the uninitiated, this is an RPG based on Stardust Crusaders (no relation), the third arc of JoJo´s Bizarre Adventure. It´s a reasonably okay game, not great but not bad either. If you´re a fan of the source material, you´ll probably get the most appreciation out of it. Enjoy!
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Progress ~ Quick progress report on if... Shin Megami Tensei: if...
# Posted on November 9th, 2012 03:32 PM by Gideon Zhi
Just dropping a quick head´s up here that SMT if...´s text translation is done. Its hacking currently looks identical to SMT2´s, but with added main dialog proportional font. I´d LIKE to clean up the hacking a bit though, and the majority of the text isn´t inserted yet - in fact, I still don´t actually have it. It´s still on Ian´s computer, and he unfortunately got smacked pretty badly by Hurricane Sandy and is currently mostly without internet access. Still no ETA.

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Announcement ~ Just a little something I´ve been working on JoJo´s Bizarre Adventure
# Posted on October 25th, 2012 07:14 AM by Gideon Zhi
JoJo´s Bizarre Adventure for the SNES. Spent a couple of days getting it to this point. Extraordinarily basic stuff, real easy to hack. It can be nice to have your way with something simple for a change.
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Announcement ~ PAX East No.2: Shin Megami Tensei: if... Shin Megami Tensei: if...
# Posted on April 14th, 2012 11:21 AM by Gideon Zhi
So I´m sure the big burning question on most peoples´ minds is, "What took you so long?" The short version is that while most of Shin Megami Tensei: if... (hereafter SMTif) is technically identical to SMT2, one crucial part of the game is different: font storage. While SMT2 stores its font right out in the open, SMTif´s is compressed. This by itself would not normally be a problem, but instead of unpacking the entire thing to RAM like some games do, SMTif unpacks individual letters - making my usual workaround for these sorts of things largely ineffective. I´ve had project files (including a complete script dump) for if sitting on my hard drive since 2008, but it wasn´t until May of last year that we got the font stuff fully sorted out, thanks to veteran romhacker Neil_ who you may know from the Partial Translations version of Dragon Quest 5, among other things! So not only has it been a long and arduous process getting it even this far, it´s been an interesting job keeping quiet about it :) I initially wanted to announce work on this much sooner, but didn´t have anything to show for it until recently.

Ian Kelley returns to do the script, so stylistically it´ll be similar to SMT 1 and 2. We´re largely adopting official naming conventions for spells, items, demon races, etc when available. There are a few notable deviations (we´re considering Fey or Fae for the yosei race due to its largely celtic membership, as opposed to Fairy) but by and large we´re conforming. I also elected to go with a fully proportional font for this one; compare the screenshots below to SMT2 to see the difference. There are a few other technical improvements I´d like to look into, such as expanded item and equipment names in subscreens, that´s going to come after I´m done with the rest of it.

So don´t expect this immediately, or possibly even soon. It´s a process, and it´s not nearly done yet. But I´m hoping that despite SMTif´s distant ETA, this announcement will make a lot of people happy.
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Announcement ~ PAX East No. 1 - Magical Drop 2 Magical Drop 2
# Posted on April 14th, 2012 10:29 AM by Gideon Zhi
This has been in the works for a pretty long time; a quick check reveals an early alpha version dating back to January ´08, but it´s come a long way since. Really fun stuff! The script, though small, needs editing, and there´s an awful lot of graphics to replace. The screenshots both below and on the project page show current progress on that front, which if I do say so myself looks really, really good. There isn´t really too much else to say about this except that it´ll be done when it´s done, which is a function both of time constraints and motivation/exhaustion.
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Announcement ~ This incident?# Posted on April 7th, 2012 12:37 PM by Gideon ZhiIt´s because of plasma.

Announcement soon.
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Progress ~ SRW Alpha + Last PAX Reminder Super Robot Wars Alpha
# Posted on April 3rd, 2012 11:39 AM by Gideon Zhi
Quick note, thanks to veteran translator _Bnu (who some of you may know!) SRW Alpha´s animated battle sequence dialog has been fully translated. The big remaining untranslated pieces at this point are the robot and character encyclopedias, which are about 200K apiece. Antialias is still plugging away at the main dialog, and is probably about 1/3 of the way through it. Alpha has an ungodly amount of text though, so it´ll still probably take a good long while.

Secondly, regarding PAX East - this is the last reminder I´ll be posting before the event. But I actually have some details this time! We´re going to be showing off current SRW Alpha progress as well as an SRW Alpha Gaiden gag reel save. We´re also going to be showing off current prototype work on a long-dormant project, an unannounced SNES puzzle game, and an unannounced SNES RPG which a lot of you have been asking about for quite a few years. Excellen (who you´ll know as Alpha Gaiden´s translator) will be there, as will Niahak (another translator) and MathOnNapkins (Zelda 3 editor author.) Niahak will be showing of a Suikogaiden translation as well as a new version of JESUS: Tale of the Dreadful Biomonster. This is going to be happening at 11AM on Saturday in the Classic Console Freeplay Room for (roughly) an hour and a half, so if you´re in the area, feel free to stop in and say hello! All games will be running on their original hardware, and I should have playable versions of many released hacks and translations, as well as a few playable versions of unreleased stuff. Rejoice and Ladystalker, anyone?

See you at the show!
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