Need help with getting text from a GB rom

Discussion in 'Other Handhelds' started by Skelletonike, Nov 14, 2016.

  1. Skelletonike

    Skelletonike ♂ ♥ Gallant Pervert ♥ ♀

    Dec 26, 2008
    Steam City
    Basically what the title says.
    Currently I'm in my third semester of Japanese at university, and for practice (and fun), I wanted to try translating some of the script from a Detective Conan game that I bought a few weeks ago (Meitantei Conan - Giwaku no Gouka Ressha).

    After searching a bit online, I downloaded two programs Tile Layer Pro and Wind Hex, but I'm kinda lost in how to use them.
  2. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Not sure what I can do short of teaching you basic ROM hacking.

    Games typically display text in one of two ways

    1) Graphics. Common mostly in puzzle games and other games with very small amounts of text.
    2) A text engine. Long form text like RPGs being where you find this, though you can find this on anything that only has text enough to say "press start" at the title screen.

    For graphics you have to figure out where they are stored, also any compression (not so common in GB/GBC but not absent), and copy them. Sadly it will not be in a form you can type into unless you OCR it (nobody really does this) or manually transcribe it (a decent way to make sure you know your kana and learn a few kanji while you are at it).

    basic way I describe it is when you were a kid you likely made a code like a=1 b=2 c=3.... games do something similar. In PCs the most common thing is/was ASCII , though these days Unicode is the dominant concept and it is quite tricky at the higher levels there (basics ). The wind hex editor you got likely has functions called load table and mentions table a lot in the menus. The table is the list of encodings the hacker makes like 00=a and so on, nothing more. Making them can be tricky. Said hex editor is probably not the best plan either as they are not really designed for dumping scripts, though it will hopefully display it and that can get it done if you only want it to read.
    For Japanese the traditional big two are shiftJIS ( ) and EUC-jp ( ).
    Games however are not required to use them and usually don't, at least on older systems anyway (the DS saw many games use a subset of shiftJIS). As Japanese does not have an order (a very powerful tool for Roman alphabet using languages is relative search), and also thousands of kanji it is often a right pain to figure out for Japanese. There are various things you can try and patterns that have been observed in the past (order it appears in the script, most common character first, it may match the orders seen in the various teaching papers,may match the orders seen in shiftJIS or EUCJP or something like that).

    Oh and on top of all of that you still possibly face compression and other fun things as the GB/GBC is limited in power and there are things to work around it like substituting tables. Oh and pointers and markup and such.

    You can learn a lot of this over a weekend, however to get to the point where you can walk up to any old game and expect to make some decent headway can take a bit longer.

    I cover this in far more detail in and it is the subject of basically every text or general ROM hacking guide out there.
    If don't know if I have anything in Portuguese right now, most such work tends to be in the Brazilian flavour too.
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  3. Skelletonike

    Skelletonike ♂ ♥ Gallant Pervert ♥ ♀

    Dec 26, 2008
    Steam City
    Thanks, I know it's not that easy and I'm not expecting it to be so.
    Aside from practising my Japanese, it's also a good way to remember all the stuff I've forgotten from when I studied programming.

    As far as I know, from what I've played so far, the game has no Kanji whatsoever, it's purely kana.

    I'll check those links you've provided, I actually prefer them to be in English, Portuguese just makes things more complicated.
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