Category Archives: Nintendo

“Abilities Unlike Any Other” – Sakurai’s Famitsu Column, Vol. 457

Note: Do not repost the full translation. Please use the first two paragraphs and link to this translation. For additional information, please read this post.

Hey there! Here’s a translation I threw together back when Sakurai first published his article on Robin and Lucina, reposted here for posterity. I’ve also included Sakurai’s own comments on the article from his latest book.
I’m currently hard at work translating some other really interesting content, so stay tuned!

Thoughts About Video Games, Vol. 457 – “Abilities Unlike Any Other”

We’ve just announced two new characters who will be joining the fray in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. One is Robin, the avatar from Fire Emblem: Awakening, and the other is Lucina, a swordswoman who plays an important role in the same title. I’ll skip over the details.

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“The Act of Balancing” Sakurai’s Famitsu Column vol. 480

Today, Source Gaming is bringing you the full translation of Sakurai’s latest Famitsu column, “The Act of Balancing”. This is brought to you by the efforts of Masked Man, Soma, X Kan from Kantopia and myself.The reason I brought on so many people for this translation is because I’m fully aware that this is a controversial topic within the Smash community. Furthermore, I wanted multiple opinions on word choices to ensure the best possible translation. Special thanks to かるび on Twitter for the scan.
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Rhythm Heaven Mini Comic Translation, Parts 2 & 3

Hey there! Masked Man back for a quick little translation. As someone with an extensive musical background and a strong affinity for quirky games, I found myself immediately enamored with the Rhythm Heaven series the first time I played it at an arcade in Japan. To celebrate the JP release of Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ (tomorrow!), the official site has begun posting a series of “the gang’s all here”-style comics. PushDustIn handled the first part, and I’m here to deliver the rest. Enjoy! Part 2: The Martian Returns
同窓会から…数日後。 Several days after the reunion…

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Can Ice Climber be in Smash 4?

The dynamic duo

The Ice Climbers, though from a forgettable NES game, were a well loved duo in the Smash Brothers series. So much so that their exclusion, due to technical issues with the 3DS version, has brought upon a lot of disappointment and discussion. In the Megapoll, Ice Climbers were the most wanted characters for DLC. However, can the Ice Climbers be included in the newest Smash. That’s what I’m going to try to answer today.

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Rhythm Heaven Mini Comic Translation

同窓会当日ー Day of Class Reunion

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Things You May Not Know About Jigglypuff

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One Button (Sakurai Famitsu Column)

桜井政博ゲームについて思うこと
Original Publish Date: May 2nd, 2003. Volume 3.

Comment from PushDustIn: If you enjoy these translations, please support Sakurai by buying his book. Out of respect, the original Japanese will not be posted. However, if you would like to check my translation you may request it by e-mailing me, or by messaging me on Twitter. Stay tune and subscribe!

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Introduction to Sex, Japan and Video Games (NSFW…duh):

Sorry for the lack of updates. Everyone connected to the blog has been super busy with their personal lives. This post took me over a week to finish, and honestly– I’m not completely satisfied with it (no joke intended). I’m hoping that this post will serve as an introduction to sexual expression/ content in Japanese video games, and how it differs from the West. I also hope to address some issues with sexualization, and why it’s not seen as a big deal in Japan. However, this is a huge topic and I don’t feel that I’ve done it justice quite yet. I’d greatly appreciate feedback on what areas I need to improve on. This is an extremely long post– over 3,000 words. So sit back, drink some coffee and enjoy.

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Mario Kart Double Dash: The “Lost” Japanese Contest

…What?

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All About Ryu and Roy’s Files

TL;DR on the bottom.

New Information:

shinyquagsire23 looked through the fighter table and found this:

After Mewtwo + 7 there are 5 additional “Mario”s listed. This means, that there are 5 additional unused characters in the fighter table in the latest update. Right now, we know for sure that Lucas is coming. After Lucas, it is heavily suggested that Roy (Fire Emblem) and Ryu (Street Fighter) will be incoming as DLC. Therefore, we have two additional slots for DLC. Whether the two slots will be used for the ballot results, or for pre-ballot result DLC is unknown. Stay tuned for additional information.

Introduction:

On April 15th, 2015 Club Nintendo users finally had the chance to play as Smash Veteran, Mewtwo. With the new fighter an update was released for both the 3DS and the Wii U which introduced a number of gameplay balance changes, and support for upcoming DLC. However, this news was quickly overshadowed by future DLC discoveries.

shinyquagsire23, an active member of the 3DS homebrew scene, posted on reddit claiming that there was a number of unused tracks in this update. The tracks were housed under a new folder, thus indicating that they were accidentally left in. Based on the numbering and names of these tracks, users were able to quickly figure out what the tracks were. The biggest shocker was that Ryu (from Street Fighter) and Roy’s (From Fire Emblem) victory songs were included in this folder– two potentially previously unannounced DLC fighters. Because of this, the Internet went on fire as users within the Smash community tried to find additional sources to confirm. Around 10 hours later, additional confirmations started to pour in as other data-miners and hackers backed shinyquaqsire23’s claims. Now, there are over 5 unique confirmation, which further proves that these files are indeed left in the update.

Below, are the list of files that were accidentally included in the update:

snd_bgm_F27_AIR_MoriStage_3DS.nus3bank
snd_bgm_H12_BW_Sentou_Zekrom_Reshiram_3DS.nus3bank
snd_bgm_SF01_SF2_Ryu_3DS.nus3bank
snd_bgm_T09_SDX_PupupuLand_3DS.nus3bank
snd_bgm_V01_PAC_PacMan_3DS.nus3bank
snd_bgm_Z80_F_Mewtwo_3DS.nus3bank
snd_bgm_Z81_F_Ryu_3DS.nus3bank
snd_bgm_Z82_F_Lucas_3DS.nus3bank
snd_bgm_Z83_F_Roy_3DS.nus3bank

Based on the track naming convention within Smash, users were able to identify the music tracks.

“MoriStage” is the Forest Stage song from Kirby’s Air Ride.

“Sentou Zekrom Reshiram” already exist the base version of the game. The file was updated in a previous patch.

“Ryu” is Ryu’s Theme from Street Fighter 2.

“PupuLand” is the N64 remix of Dream Land from Kirby Super Star

PacMan is a song that already exists in the base version of the game. Reportedly, it was altered in this latest patch,giving further credibility to this data-mining.

Mewtwo, Ryu, Lucas and Roy are all victory songs.

We can decipher the meaning behind the tracks not only by listening to them, but by the naming convention.

What Do You Mean, ‘naming convention’?

Brawl introduced a unique track naming system. This system is relatively straight forward once you look at the tracks. However, let me quickly break down some tracks:

snd_bgm_A53_MKT8_RainbowRoad_00000000.idsp
First off- snd_bgm indicates that the track is background music.

The first letter indicates its part of group “A”, which in Brawl and Smash 4 translates to the Mario series. 53 is the track number within that series.
MKT8 indicates that the song is from Mario Kart 8. “Rainbow Road” is the name of the track. The last number indicates if there has been a revision.

snd_bgm_A56_GLX_SuperMarioGalaxy_00000000.idsp
A = Mario
56 = track number in Mario series.
GLX = Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy theme song.

The Smash 4 system builds upon the existing Super Smash Brother’s Brawl system. Brawl’s system was even ordered by release date of games, which allowed users to identify some of the tracks that have been completely dropped or deleted from the game. Smash 4 new songs are placed immediately after Brawl’s songs. Below is a list of the series letters:

A – Mario
B – DK
C- Zelda
CRS – Menu music, music for modes
D- Metroid
E – Yoshi
F – Kirby
G – Starfox
H – Pokemon
I – F-Zero
J – Fire Emblem
K – Mother
L – Pikmin
M – Wario
N – Animal Crossing
O – Is missing. Was missing in Brawl.
P – Kid Icarus
Q – Famicon ・new series
R – Game and Watch, Punch Out, DS, Other ・Additional new series
S – Megaman (Used to be Metal Gear in Brawl)
T – 64 Songs
TEST1-5 – blank files, for testing purposes
U – Sonic
V – Pacman
W – Melee Songs
X- Music from Brawl
Y – Only two tracks here: snd_bgm_Y05_SBX_BossSentouKyoku1 and snd_bgm_Y07_SBX_BossSentouKyoku2. The two boss battle tracks. (Presumably for Subspace)
Z- Fighter related tracks (winning theme music)


New Kirby Stage:

Since there are two new Kirby songs, it would appear that Kirby is getting a new stage. Frostwraith, an active member of SmashBoards noticed in several 3DS Classic playthroughs that if the Kirby path was chosen, it would now sometimes load Battlefield instead of Dream Land. Theoretically, this is because the game is trying to load a new stage that isn’t in the current file set.

shinyquagsire23 investigated the stage table in Smash 3DS, and found that the number of additional slots was increased from 4 to 14. However, because each stage has both an omega version and a regular version the actual number of potential extra stages is increased from 2 to 7.

“Z” Fighter Numbering:

I marked my guesses with a question mark. I’m assuming based off the order of instance slots in Brawl. Only myu2 and Roy were leftovers in Brawl.

Bold, and caps lock so people will read it:

NOT ALL OF THESE FILES ARE IN SMASH 4. I’M SHOWING A THEORY OF WHAT A COMPLETED LIST LOOKS LIKE SO PEOPLE CAN BETTER UNDERSTAND THE MEANING BEHIND THE TRACK NAMES THAT WERE FOUND.

Fighters that were missing for a version were given new numbers in the newest version. See Mewtwo for definitive proof. This means that Lucas and Roy will also get a new number when they are released.

snd_bgm_Z00_F_MiiFighter_00000000.idsp
64 Fighters (Notice the lack of Jigglypuff)
snd_bgm_Z01_F_Mario_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z02_F_Donkey_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z03_F_Link_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z04_F_Samus_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z05_F_Yoshi_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z06_F_Kirby_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z06_F_Kirby_00000000_001.idsp
snd_bgm_Z07_F_Fox_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z08_F_Pikachu_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z09_F_Luigi_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z10_F_Captain_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z11_F_Ness_00000000.idsp
Melee Newcomers
snd_bgm_Z12_F_Koopa_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z13_F_Peach_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z14_F_Zelda_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z15_F_Sheik_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z16_FICHICLIMBER (FILE NOT IN SMASH 4)
snd_bgm_Z17_F_Marth_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z18_F_GameWatch_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z19_F_Falco_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z20_F_Ganon_00000000.idsp
Brawl Newcomers
snd_bgm_Z21_F_Wario_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z22_F_Metaknight_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z23_F_Pit_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z24_F_ZeroSamus_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z25_F_Pikmin_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z26_F_Lucas (FILE NOT IN SMASH 4)
snd_bgm_Z27_F_Diddy_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z28_FPOKETRAINER  (FILE NOT IN SMASH 4)
29 Squirtle?? (FILE NOT IN SMASH 4/BRAWL)
30 Ivysaur ?? (FILE NOT IN SMASH 4/BRAWL)
31 Charizard?? (FILE NOT IN SMASH 4/BRAWL)
snd_bgm_Z32_F_Dedede_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z33_F_Lucario_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z34_F_Ike_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z35_F_Robot_00000000.idsp
36 “Pramin” [reworked Pichu]?? (NOT IN SMASH 4/BRAWL)
(Let’s bring back the vets section/ new clones)
snd_bgm_Z37_F_Purin_00000000.idsp
38_F_MYU2 (NOT IN SMASH 4)
39_F_Roy (NOT IN SMASH 4)
40_Dr. Mario?? (NOT IN SMASH 4/BRAWL)
snd_bgm_Z41_F_ToonLink_00000000.idsp
42 – Toon Zelda?? (NOT IN SMASH 4/BRAWL)
43 -Toon Sheik?? (NOT IN SMASH 4/BRAWL)
(…Actually, lets add some new fighters)
44- Wolf ?? (NOT IN SMASH 4/BRAWL)
45- Dixie?? (NOT IN SMASH 4/BRAWL)
snd_bgm_Z46_F_Snake (NOT IN SMASH 4/BRAWL)
snd_bgm_Z47_F_Sonic_00000000.idsp
48 – ?? Reserved number? (NOT IN SMASH 4/BRAWL)
49 -?? Reserved number? (NOT IN SMASH 4/BRAWL)
snd_bgm_Z50_J_Continue_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z51_J_GameOver_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z52_JCLEAR1 (NOT IN SMASH 4)
snd_bgm_Z53_JCLEAR2 (NOT IN SMASH 4)
snd_bgm_Z54_J_FigureGet_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z55_J_RareFigure_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z57_J_Youso01_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z58_J_Youso02_00000000.idsp
Smash 4 Section
(Smash 4: Clones and Altered characters first)
snd_bgm_Z59_F_Lizardon_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z60_F_MarioD_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z61_F_Lucina_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z62_F_PitB_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z63_F_Rosetta_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z64_F_Wiifit_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z65_F_Littlemac_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z66_F_Murabito_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z67_F_Palutena_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z68_F_Reflet_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z69_F_Duckhunt_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z70_F_Koopajr_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z71_F_Shulk_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z72_F_Gekkouga_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z73_F_Pacman_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z74_F_Rockman_00000000.idsp
75 – ?  Reserved number? (NOT IN SMASH 4)
76 –  ? Reserved number? (NOT IN SMASH 4)
snd_bgm_Z77_J_World_YellowDevil_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z78_J_World_Ridley_00000000.idsp
snd_bgm_Z79_J_World_Face_00000000.idsp
(Updated File List)
snd_bgm_Z80_F_Mewtwo_3DS.nus3bank
snd_bgm_Z81_F_Ryu_3DS.nus3bank
snd_bgm_Z82_F_Lucas_3DS.nus3bank
snd_bgm_Z83_F_Roy_3DS.nus3bank

The list of files updated/changed in the newest version of Smash 4 3DS can be accessed here (Provided by SciresM).

The “Z” number order is further proof that Jigglypuff wasn’t a priority in Brawl. Also, since there are no missing numbers in Smash 4, it could mean that the Rhythm Heaven representative didn’t get very far into development at all. Most investigation will be done into both of these topics. 

Please note: because this folder was only accidentally left in the 3DS version, there are no files present in the Wii U version. Here’s the list of files included in the update. (Provided by soneek).

Possible Fighter Pack Incoming?

It’s possible that a fighter pack will be released with these three characters. Currently, there is no price listing for Lucas on all versions of the Super Smash Brothers site. The release date is slated for June, which will probably coincide with E3. Ryu and Roy would be huge reveals for Smash DLC, and it makes sense to announce both of them at E3.

TL;DR:

NEW INFORMATION: 5 additional “Mario” was added to the character database. 3 of them will probably be used for Lucas, Roy and Ryu. The other 2 are currently unknown.

Ryu from Street Fighter and Roy are very likely going to be DLC in Smash 4.
Their numbers indicate that they were started along with Lucas, possibly even with Mewtwo.

There’s additional stages incoming (up to 7). One of which is possibly a Kirby stage due to the number of new Kirby songs that were included. Possibly Dreamland from Super Smash 64.