What do I need to translate a game?

Discussion in '3DS - ROM Hacking, Translations and Utilities' started by Marter714, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. Marter714
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    What the topic says. I have Shin Megami Tensei IV Final and I want to try to translate it.
    So can someone give me a list of what I need?
    Or if there's a tutorial somewhere then just share the link
    Thanks in advance! :)
     
  2. GalladeGuy

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    If the files of the language you want to translate to are in the game, just swap those with the ones currently being used. If they aren't you're gonna have to edit each file manually and translate it from scratch.
     
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    Okay so I would have to dump the game and check to see if the language files are there, which they probably aren't lol.
    Any tips on how I would open and translate the files?
     
  4. GalladeGuy

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    Well first, use Braindump to dump the game's files. Search for it on GBAtemp. For opening the files, it differs from game to game. Can you please tell me what game you have and what language its in, along with what language you want to translate to?
     
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    The game I want to translate is Shin Megami Tensei IV Final, it's in Japanese and I want to translate it to English
     
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    There's a good chance the English files are already in the game. Dump it with Braindump and try seeing if the English files are there. If they are, you can just swap the names of the English and Japanese files and repack the romfs. (The romfs is what the game's assets are stored in)
     
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    You think Shin Megami Tensei IV Final has already been translated to English and the files are just sitting there in the Japanese ROM?
     
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    You'd be surprised how common this is.
     
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    Maybe for something like Super Mario 3D or something else text-lite/text-free, but a full-fledged RPG?
     
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    I mean the chances for a SMT game having english files sitting in it are pretty low, but its worth checking.
     
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    hey, a JPN copy of Hyrule Warriors Legends has every localized language inside of it. who knows
     
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    Okay I dumped the game and extracted the romfs, but I don't see anything that looks like a language folder or other language files.
    Also what program(s) will I need to edit the files so I can translate and edit images.
     
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    I also decrypted the game and I'm pretty sure there's no English files.
    I tried searching for the game strings in Japanese with a hexeditor though, which has a unicode search function, I tried with ブフ (bufu, a skill in the game) and it matched nothing in the RomFS folder weirdly.
    I'll try to look deeper into that.
     
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    Interesting. Have you located the sprites for characters? I want to see if I can inject Final Lucifer into IV
     
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    I think it probably is in the tex folder, might be in char sub-folder.

    I found this github repo there : https://github.com/xdanieldzd/Tharsis I'll try to convert stex files to png asap
     
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    Let me know how that works out. I'm gonna mess with the files a little longer before I give up lol
     
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    I tried to convert a random picture, and got a creepy Flynn with npc212.stex
    I'm gonna try to convert them all now.
     
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    Oh that's awesome. If you find any Lucifer ones let me know what files those are pls.
     
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