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> Super Nintendo Visual Novels/dating Sims?
Jishka
Posted: Sep 20 2008, 07:29 AM
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Honestly, I know... very little to no Japanese. (I feel so ashamed. ;_;) So, before you go talking about a Super Nintendo game that's completely in Japanese... don't. XD

So anyhow.

I need recommendations for Super Nintendo visual novels and dating sims. Honestly, I've never really tried a dating sim... however, from what I've heard about them, they're right up my alley. I believe I've played a visual novel before - that is, if Radical Dreamers is considered one. Other than that, I have no clue what I'm jumping in to. ^.^;;

Basically, I've been having trouble finding Super Nintendo dating sims that have actually been translated. I've been interested in Tokimeki Memorial - simply because I know of no other dating sim to play - but there's no English patch, to my knowledge. So... if anyone can recommend a SNES dating sim or visual novel that's been decently translated to English, that'd be great. (And for the love of god, don't post links to them if you know what's good for you.)
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gekiganwing
Posted: Sep 22 2008, 12:22 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Jishka. If you haven't already browsed the links in this sub-forum's FAQ, then please do so. Hopefully none of those links are broken...

If you own a modern Windows computer, then you're in luck. You'll find quite a few pro- and fan-translated games for PCs. You can purchase a Japanese game, install it on an English Windows PC, install the patch, and everything should work.

However, it's probably best to avoid asking about Super Famicom translations on this forum, even if you own an original cartridge.

A list of fan made ren'ai game translations, including two different unsuccessful attempts to translate the Super Famicom edition of Tokimeki Memorial, may be found here: http://shii.org/translate/ Some are NSFW, so be aware.

Also, be sure to browse TLWiki: http://www.tsukuru.info/tlwiki/index.php?title=Main_Page Look through the left column, and you'll find their on-going translations, a list of completed works, and a list of links to on-going projects.

You can find an article about Radical Dreamers on Wikipedia. Those writers classify it as a sound novel, but it has RPG influences.

If you browse GameFAQs for "Tokimeki Memorial," you'll find several FAQs written in English, covering the various versions, sequels, and spinoffs. It isn't easy to read a guide while figuring out the user interface, but if you have patience, and you're willing to take notes, it's possible.

Finally, if you're looking for a something as complex as Tokimemo in English (that is, a game which is stat-driven, and requires time management), then look into the following:

1) Shira Oka at http://www.shira-oka.com , an originally-in-English game which is finishing up development.
2) Summer Session at http://www.hanakogames.com/summer2.shtml . Not all that complex, but it seems like a "lighter, simpler" take on Tokimemo. The demo is free, and a paid download for Windows or OSX is $20.
3) Nummyz' games at http://nummyz.com/games.html Originally created in Flash, these are pretty simple, and they are free. But they're cute, and I thought they were much better written than some similar "sim date" games.
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Jishka
Posted: Sep 22 2008, 10:43 PM
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Bah, gotta make this quick, since I'm typing this on a Wii. But anyhow.
While I appreciate the effort put into the greeting, I don't like `em. Nothing personal: I just don't like greetings.

I guess the main reason I specifically asked about Super Famicom sims is because... my computer is borked. XD The only way of playing Famicom sims is through my PSP, so... I dunno.

But anyhow, thanks for the advice, and let's hope I don't screw up my stay here. XD
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gekiganwing
Posted: Sep 23 2008, 05:52 PM
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Unfortunately, it's probably a bad idea to bring up PSP emulation on this forum...

However, if you can play commercial games on your PSP, then see if you can purchase Riviera the Promised Land. You might have to search through auctions, but I'm sure you can find it for under $40.

Some people liked Brooktown High on the same system. I thought it was a little too much like The Urbz, and not serious enough...
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Posted: Sep 24 2008, 06:32 PM
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Jishka, you said you were browsing with your Wii, right? Then (until you get your Windows computer working) you can probably use Flash games. In regards to Flash games with ren'ai influence, there aren't many which I recommend. Nummyz' are my favorites right now, because the writing is coherent, and the characterizations aren't dumb. Also, be sure to try the free content, such as Other Age, at http://www.zeiva.net/game.html
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