Chou Soujuu Mecha MG full translation release

Supper Sep 22, 2019.

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    So maybe someone out there remembers my partial translation patch for this game from a couple years back? Well, as much to my surprise as anyone else's, it's now a complete translation!

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    Download Patch (v1.1)

    Credits:
    • Supper -- Hacking
    • Phantom -- Translation and Additional Art
    • cccmar -- Testing and Editing
    Read the game's tie-in manga


    Watch footage of the patch in action

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    After I'd long given up hope on picking up a translator for this project, Phantom came out of nowhere and just started translating it! It was an offer I sure wasn't going to turn down, so, months later (mostly due to me holding things up endlessly), here we are with a 100% complete translation of the game. It's been extensively playtested on both emulators and real DS hardware and has no known issues, so if you have even the slightest interest in giant robots, check it out! In fact, check it out even if you don't, because I didn't before I played this game and loved it anyway.

    So, what is this game?

    In a world where giant robots known as Marionation Gear, or "Puppets", are artisanally handcrafted in workshops, a certain boy serves as an apprentice at the Galouye Workshop, dreaming of becoming a "Puppeteer" (mecha pilot) and opening his own workshop with fellow apprentice Kay. But their peaceful daily life is shattered when the autonomous Puppets known as the Automen begin going on berserk rampages around the world. Together with new apprentice Anne-Marie, the hero and Kay are pulled into a conflict that could change the course of Puppet history...

    Chou Soujuu Mecha MG is a 2006 mecha action game developed by Sandlot, the studio behind the Earth Defense Force series, and published by Nintendo. It combines the developer's aptitude for larger-than-life spectacle with one of the most innovative and fun uses of the touch screen in the DS library: in addition to standard movement with the D-Pad, each of the game's 100+ playable mecha has its own unique "cockpit" controlled with the touch screen. Players can pull levers to swing their robot's arms and hurl buildings at the enemy, flip a switch to transform into a car, punch in launch codes to fire missiles, and countless other imaginative setups. With well over 100 missions, ranging from battle to racing to destroying burger joints, every mecha has a use.

    It's quirky, it's gimmicky, and best of all, it's loads of fun.

    For patching instructions, see the readme file included in the download. Short story: it's a standard xdelta patch.

    I also wrote up some extensive comments and translation notes for the readme, so check it out if you want additional insights into the translation.

    As linked above, Phantom was kind enough to scanslate several chapters of the game's tie-in manga adaptation! I've set up a little site where you can view them here.

    Massive thanks to Phantom for translating this game's enormous script. Thanks also to cccmar for finding all the typos I couldn't, and TheMajinZenki for advice and support. And of course, thanks to the many authors of the tools that made this project not a complete pain to work on, including armips, ndstool, CUE's compression utilities, and desmume. Finally, thank you to everyone who played the original partial translation patch. I hope this'll be a treat for you.

    Enjoy!
     
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  2. raylgo

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    Awesome thanks for this.
     
  3. GeekyGuy

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    Very cool. Many thanks.
     
  4. tomrev

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    Great job. Thank you.
     
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    Thanks to everyone who's playing this! Hope you're having fun. It's really an awesome game that more people should know about :)

    Crossposting from RHDN: I've just been informed of a bug that can occasionally cause the game to crash after visiting a shop that's completely sold out. I believe I've fixed the problem, so once I've tested more to make sure the fix doesn't break something else, I'll put out an updated patch. In the meantime, be sure to save before you visit a Puppet shop. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    Hopefully the update'll be out sometime tomorrow.
     
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    It took a bit longer than I'd hoped, but v1.1 is now out. Check the OP or download it here.

    This fixes the shop freezing issue, changes some poor formatting on Kay's maintenance warning message that looked bad for long Puppet names, and makes a few minor text tweaks. Thanks to Delta for reporting the shop bug and helping test the update, and my apologies to anyone who was affected by the crashing issue.
     
  7. Amici

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    Thanks to you and Phantom and everyone involved in this lovely translation. This game has become one of my favorite games ever, speaking as a mecha fan. I got so inspired playing the game I'm shilling it on reddit with a review/rant, since it went a bit under the radar. The game, and your translation, are way too good and too well-done for it to go unnoticed; more people need to play it :D
     
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  8. RikuKH

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    Thank you so much for this translation. I had already bought a copy from ebay a couple years ago and played for 25 hours and got to mission 87, but the lack of translation just made it less enjoyable in the long run and I stopped playing it. I finally beat the game, and it took me another 25 hours to complete most missions on super hard.
    I've got a tip to others who haven't completed the game yet: you'll enjoy the game much more if you play each mission on either hard or normal. Because if you want to beat them on super hard as soon as possible, you have to rely on only a couple good mechs, and you'll just miss out on the best part of the game, which is experimenting with lots of different mechs and setups. Don't save your money for the more expensive mechs (both in shops and blueprints), just buy whatever looks interesting and fun, ones that cost around 1000 to 10000.
     
  9. Fel

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    So close and yet so far away.
    What's the difference between the difficulties? Do enemies have more HP or do they use different tactics?
     
  10. RikuKH

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    I think they have more HP, do more damage, and most annoyingly they block more. They're probably more aggressive too but I'm not sure of that. Some battles take way too long even with the few strong mechs you have, and it's just not fun to fail one at the end and do it multiple times over.
     
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