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Who wants to play Guess That Machine-Translated Game Title?

Violentvixen

(She/Her)
Strange fate in the wind

Pocahontas

I'm really curious about this one. I've heard the Powhatan name means playful or curious one and it would be a long shot for a machine translation to have that language. I would assume it's somehow linking this to the colors of the wind song but that seems odd too? I went back to find releases of the Disney movie and found this listed for her name in Mandarin: 寶嘉康蒂 but don't know what the characters mean and Google Translate just spits "Pocahontas" back out.
 

Beowulf

Son of The Answer Man
(He/Him)
That's literally what Fatal Fury's Japanese name means: Garou Densetsu
I learned something new today!

A lot of the Game Gear games (of which there are 99 listed) share titles with games we’ve already seen: Ninja Dragon Sword, Double interceptor, Iron head boy, Youyou white book 1, Real person hit, Warehouse fan, Bean eating elf, and The power of light. I found a bunch of entertaining new ones, but I didn’t feel like there were quite enough to bother splitting this out into multiple posts. (I never owned a Game Gear and it wasn’t a popular system among my friends, but I’ve been having fun with a bunch of these games especially on small emulator handhelds that they’re well designed for.)

  • Biography of Goddess Yu She
  • Goddess Yu Sheng waizhuan
  • Soul serving
  • Alien Prince
  • Dance king
  • Vampire recovery
  • Abnormity 3
  • Alien special attack team
  • Real pearl boy
  • Super bear 1
  • Hungry wolf legend Special
  • Monster carjacking war
  • Wave Warrior
  • Travel around the world
  • Cat catches mouse
  • Beautiful girl Warrior
  • Dream Star Adventure


Translations:
  • Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special
  • Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special
  • Samurai Showdown
  • Ristar
  • Bust-a-Move
  • Vampire: Master of Darkness
  • Alien 3
  • Alien Syndrome
  • Zool
  • The G.G. Shinobi
  • Fatal Fury Special
  • Monster Truck Wars
  • Surf Ninjas
  • OutRun
  • Mappy
  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S
  • Phantasy Star Adventure
 

Violentvixen

(She/Her)
jewel / gem / treasure / precious
jia1excellent / auspicious / surname jia
kang1healthy / peaceful / abundant / surname kang
di4stem (of fruit)
Interesting, thank you!

What website would people recommend for looking up character meanings? I know Jisho for Japanese and assume there's something similar for Chinese.
 

Beowulf

Son of The Answer Man
(He/Him)
This also gets to be a short one: There are only 31 Neo Geo games included on this system, and pretty much all of them are the European versions of various arcade titles. I particularly love the fact that “Cadillacs and Dinosaurs” is an actual game that features both of those things.

Today’s fun anecdote: When I was in college, we had a Neo-Geo cabinet at my eating club that was supposed to have free credits, but the switch wasn’t flipped and you needed to put quarters in. I spent an afternoon sweet-talking a girl into removing the padlock on the machine, less because I wanted the machine unlocked (though I did) and more because she was really cute and I suspected that letting her show off her lockpicking abilities would make for good flirting.

…She wasn’t interested in me. But we did manage to remove the coin case cover so you could just keep dropping in the same quarter over and over!

  • Alloy warhead 4
  • Three rounds of competition
  • Dragon Tiger fist
  • A generation of strange sol
  • Warring States inheritance
  • Cloud and cloud revelation
  • True hungry wolf legend 1
  • Mecha Warrior
  • Soul serving
  • Shield war

Translations:
  • Metal Slug 4
  • 3 Count Bout
  • The Art of Fighting
  • Shock Troopers
  • Sengoku 2
  • Kizuna Encounter: Super Tag Battle
  • Real Bout Fatal Fury
  • Robo Army
  • Samurai Spirits
  • Battle Flip Shot
 

Beowulf

Son of The Answer Man
(He/Him)
And finally, a bunch of arcade games the system groups under FB Alpha. This overlaps with the Neo-Geo collection a bit (I’m guessing there’s an overlap of what the two cores run), but we’ve got a much bigger collection here.

The arcade games are definitely the best to play on the X2, because the wide screen is stuck in “stretched” mode and they generally look better than games made for the aspect ratio of a CRT TV or a classic Game Boy. Also, most of them are the European versions of the games (and therefore in English), as opposed to the Japanese or hacked Chinese versions.

  • Battlefield Wolf
  • Super devil bubble
  • Super comic hero vs. Street
  • Juvenile Street bully zero
  • Sonic fighter (four nation fi
  • One thousand nine hundred
  • Happy March
  • Kapukong world 2
  • Blue Tour
  • Ultimate PC original

Translations:
  • Mercs (apparently the Japanese titles is Wolf of the Battlefield II)
  • Mighty Pang
  • Marvel Super Heroes Vs. Street Fighter
  • Street Fighter Alpha
  • Sonic Wings 2
  • 1944
  • Aggressors of Dark Kombat
  • Capcom World 2
  • Blue’s Journey
  • B.C. Kid (aka Bonk’s Adventure)
 

Beowulf

Son of The Answer Man
(He/Him)
In retrospect, I probably could have been more thorough during this project in looking up the Japanese names of games to see what they could potentially be translating. Not that this would have told us anything about BAZINGA, but it might have shed some light. Ah, well. Hindsight.

  • Burst man
  • Cracker revenge
  • Pig shoots Wolf
  • Angry leader bee generation
  • Environmental protection s
  • Superman 8
  • The art of heaven and wom
  • Big bee
  • StarCraft II
  • shoot
  • Devil general
  • Electric precision 2


Translations:
  • Breakers
  • Breaker’s Revenge
  • Pooyan
  • DoDonPachi
  • Eco Fighters
  • Eightman
  • Fever SOS (aka Dangun Feveron)
  • Galaga
  • Galaxy Force II
  • Goal! Goal! Goal!
  • Ghost Pilots
  • Guardians
 

Torzelbaum

????? LV 13 HP 292/ 292
(he, him, his)
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Beowulf

Son of The Answer Man
(He/Him)
And here we are with our very last batch of bizarrely-translated game names, rounding out the last of the arcade selections. There are more NES games that I could go back and pick through (there are actually 2,000 NES roms that came on this, and a decent number of them are repeat games with invincibility hacks or fanhack roms), but I think I’ve done a decent job with this project and I’m running out of steam on it.

  • Fighting spirit brilliance (f
  • Magic falling Bubble 2
  • Vampire Hunter – Devil’s R
  • Girl killer
  • Primitive Island
  • Intellectual Bowling
  • The beast king
  • Turn into Ninja
  • Wrestling overlord
  • Space time hero (That title’s been used before!)
  • Get the fourth generation
  • Confused star fighter
  • Hit bricks
  • Let’s find fault
  • Push people to fight

Translations:
  • Karate Blazers
  • Magical Drop 2
  • Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge (aka Vampire Hunter: Darkstalkers' Revenge)
  • Party Time Gonta the Diver II
  • Prehistorical Isle
  • Puzzle De Bowling
  • Altered Beast
  • Shadow Force
  • Slam Masters
  • Spinal Breakers
  • Super Sidekicks
  • Pulstar
  • Arkanoid
  • Photo Y2K
  • PushMan

I hope you’ve all had fun on this little journey through inexplicable translation. My X2 handheld certainly earned its keep on this (even if I wasn’t also playing some of the games), so you’re also contributing to my handheld emulator addiction feeling worthwhile. Thanks for reading!
 

Violentvixen

(She/Her)
I hope you’ve all had fun on this little journey through inexplicable translation. My X2 handheld certainly earned its keep on this (even if I wasn’t also playing some of the games), so you’re also contributing to my handheld emulator addiction feeling worthwhile. Thanks for reading!
These really are a delight, thanks for doing this!
 

Torzelbaum

????? LV 13 HP 292/ 292
(he, him, his)
I hope you’ve all had fun on this little journey through inexplicable translation. My X2 handheld certainly earned its keep on this (even if I wasn’t also playing some of the games), so you’re also contributing to my handheld emulator addiction feeling worthwhile.
I also enjoyed this but I don't know how I feel about encouraging addictions...
 
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