Retranslation

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Due to spacing issues with the text boxes of Adventure of Link, a lot of information got lost in translation. Though the script for the game is only 683 words long, a retranslation reveals at least one lost reference, two dialogue boxes that were translated differently, and a couple of messages that seem unique to the English version. The hints in the game also become far more straightforward.

Resources:

Adventure of Link Script Dump (J)
Adventure of Link Script Dump (U)
Contextual Information

In addition to hosting a script dump from the Japanese version of Adventure of Link, LLTVG was kind enough to let me borrow some of their contextual information for how the text is used in-game. Learning Languages Through Video Games is a fledgling wiki that boasts game retranslations accompanied by linguistic notes to help language learners on their road to fluency, something that might be of interest to the readers of this site. Check it out!

The text in this document is organized like so:

Original English Script Japanese Script GlitterBerri’s Translation
AFTER GANON WAS DESTROYED,
IMPA TOLD LINK A SLEEPING
SPELL WAS CAST ON PRINCESS
ZELDA. SHE WILL WAKE ONLY
WITH THE POWER OF NO.3
TRIFORCE SEALED IN A PALACE
IN HYRULE. TO BREAK THE
SEAL,CRYSTALS MUST BE
PLACED IN STATUES IN 6
WELL GUARDED PALACES.
LINK SET OUT ON HIS MOST
ADVENTURESOME QUEST YET…
©1987 NINTENDO
SEVERAL YEARS AFTER GANNON
WAS DESTROYED,LINK LEARNS
FROM IMPA ABOUT THE ANOTH-
ER SLEEPING PRINCESS ZELDA.
HE IS TOLD SHE CAN ONLY
AWAKEN WITH THE NO.3 TRY-
FORCE SEALED IN THE GREAT
SANCTUARY AT DISVALLEY. TO
REMOVE THE SEAL, CRYSTALS
MUST BE EMBEDDED INTO A
STONE STATUE STANDING IN
6 SANCTUARIS.
LINK SETS OUT ON AN
ADVENTUROUS QUEST…
©1987 NINTENDO
N/A

The text for the Japanese version here isn’t actually included as part of the dump I used. I transcribed it from the video below showcasing the Famicom Disk System version of the game. It’s somewhat more Engrishy than its successor. Speaking of the comparison between the Japanese FDS release and the North American NES version, listen to the difference in the quality of the music.

PLEASE LET
ME HELP
YOU. COME
INSIDE.
チョット ヨッテ
イカナイ?{END}
Won’t you come in?
I CAN
RESTORE
YOUR LIFE.
・・・・・
ライフヲ
カイフクシテアゲルワ{END}

I will restore
your life.
STOP AND
REST HERE.
ヤスンデ オユキ{END} Come and rest.
I CAN GIVE
YOU MAGIC.
COME BACK
ANYTIME.
マジックヲカイフク
シテアゲヨウ
マタ イツデモオイデ{END}
I’ll restore
your magic.
Come back anytime.
I AM MUCH
TOO BUSY
TO TALK TO
A STRANGER.
チョット
イソグンデナ アバヨ{END}
I’m a little busy.
Goodbye.
HELLO! コンニチワ{END} Hello.
HELLO
YOUNG
FELLOW.
ハイハイ コンニチワ{END} Yes, yes, hello there.
SORRY.
I KNOW
NOTHING.
シラナイワ ゴメンネ{END} I don’t know, sorry.
EACH TOWN
HAS A WISE
MAN. LEARN
FROM HIM.
マチヲ ミツケタラ
ソノマチノ マジシャ
ンニアッテ マホウヲ
オソワルトイイワ!{END}
When you find a town,
go see the magician there
and he will teach you magic!
FIND THE
HEART IN
SOUTHERN
PARAPA.
パラパノ シンデンノ
ミナミノ カイガンニ
ハートノウツワガアル{END}
There is a heart container
on the shore south
of Parapa Temple.
ONLY THE
HAMMER CAN
DESTROY A
ROADBLOCK.
ハンマーガアレバ
ミチヲフサグ イワヲ
コワセルンジャガ・・{END}
If you have a hammer
you can break the rocks
that block the way..
WELCOME
TO
RAURU
ラウルヘ ヨウコソ!{END} Welcome to Rauru!
GET CANDLE
IN PARAPA
PALACE.
GO WEST.
パラパノ シンデンデ
ローソクヲ トッタラ
ニシノ トンネルカラ
ツギノシンデンニユケ{END}
Once you get the candle
from Parapa Temple,
go through the west tunnel
to the next temple.
GORIYA OF
TANTARI
STOLE OUR
TROPHY.
タンタリサバクノ
ゴーリアガ マチノ
メガミゾウヲ
ヌスンデシマッタワ{END}
Goriya of Tantari
Desert stole the goddess
statue from the village.
YOU SAVED
THE TROPHY
COME SEE
MY UNCLE.
マア!メガミゾウダワ
オジイサンニ アッテ
イッテ!{END}
Oh! That’s the
goddess statue!
Go see Grandpa!

The original translator mixed up “ojiisan” (grandpa or old man) with “ojisan” (uncle).

IN PARAPA
DESERT USE
THIS MAGIC
TO SURVIVE
シンデンハ パラパ
サバクニ アル
コノマホウデ
ミヲマモルガヨイ{END}
The temple is in
Parapa Desert.
Protect yourself
with this magic.
I CANNOT
HELP YOU
ANYMORE.
GO NOW.
モウオマエニ オシエ
ルコトハナイ
キヲツケテイキナサイ{END}
I don’t have anything
more to tell you. Go,
and take care of yourself.
HAMMER…
SPECTACLE
ROCK…
DEATH MTN.
デスマウンテンノ
メガネイワニ セイナ
ル ハンマーガ
アルソウジャ・・{END}
It seems there is a
sacred hammer at
Death Mountain’s
Spectacle Rock..
DO NOT GO
SOUTH
WITHOUT A
CANDLE.
ローソクガナケレバ
マチカラ ミナミハ
トテモキケンヨ!{END}
Without a candle,
it is very dangerous
to the south of town!
FIND MAGIC
IN A CAVE
SOUTH OF
THE CASTLE.
オシロノ ミナミノ
ドウクツニ マジック
ノ ウツワガ アルゾ{END}
There is a magic
container in a cave
south of the castle.
TOWN
OF
RUTO
ルトノマチ{END} Town of Ruto
I FOUND A
MIRROR
UNDER THE
TABLE.
テーブルノシタデ
カガミヲ ミツケタゾ{END}
I found a mirror
under the table.
I LOST
MY MIRROR.
カガミヲ ナクシタワ
シクシク{END}
I lost the mirror.
Sob, sob.
OH! YOU
FOUND MY
MIRROR!
FOLLOW ME.
マア!ワタシノカガミ
ウチマデ ツイテキテ{END}
Oh! That’s my mirror!
Follow me to my house.
WITH THIS
YOU CAN
JUMP VERY
HIGH.
ジャンプアップノ
マホウヲ オボエテ
ユクガヨイ{END}
Go and learn
the Jump Up
magic.
I AM
ERROR.
オレノナハ
エラー ダ・・・{END}
My name
is Error…
SOUTH OF
KINGS TOMB
IN MIDO IS
A TUNNEL.
ホントウニ ミドマデ
イッタノカ! オウノ
ハカノミナミニ カミ
ヘノ ヌケアナガアル{END}
So, you really went
to Mido! There is a passage
to God south of the king’s tomb.

“God” refers to “神殿” (shinden), literally “god palace”, meaning “temple”.

IN MIDORO
SWAMP FIND
A HANDY
GLOVE.
ミドロヌマノシンデン
ニ セイナルテブクロ
ガ アルハズヨ!{END}
There ought to be a pair
of sacred gloves at
Midoro Swamp Temple!
EYES OF
GANON ARE
EVERYWHERE
BE CAREFUL
マチニ ガノンノイチ
ミガ マギレコンドル{END}
Ganon’s conspirators have slipped
into the town crowds.
WATER TOWN
OF
SARIA
ミズノマチ サリア{END} Water Town of Saria
IF ALL
ELSE FAILS
USE FIRE.
ミッツノ チカラノ
レベルガ ソロエバ
シンノチカラト
ナルゾ!{END}
When the 3 levels
of power align,
their true strength
will be realized!

According to LLTVG Wiki “This refers to the fact that continuing after a game over or even a saved game, causes your attack, magic and life levels to drop to the lowest of the three levels. If you level them up evenly, you have less to lose. (This level up system is unique to the Japanese version.)” This message was presumably replaced by an unrelated message in English when the system was no longer used in the overseas release.

NOTHING. ユウシャ ロト
ココニネムル{END}
The Hero, Loto,
sleeps here.

Here, we English players lose a Dragon Quest reference. Loto, also known as Erdrick, is a longstanding hero of the games.

RETURN THE
CRYSTAL TO
THE PALACE
IN PARAPA.
ソノ クリスタルヲ
シンデンニ モドサレ
ルノカ! キタニアル
トンネルヲヌケナサイ{END}
So, you will return
the crystal to the
temple! Go through the
tunnel to the north.
USE KEYS
IN PALACES
THEY ARE
FOUND IN.
シンデンノ カギハ
カナラズ
ソノシンデンデ
オツカイナサイ{END}
Please be sure to use
the temple keys in
the temples where
they are found.
TALK WITH
MY FATHER
BEFORE YOU
LEAVE TOWN
シンデンニユクマエニ
アタシノ ウチニキテ
ジイチャンニ アッテ{END}
Before you leave town,
come to my house and
see Grandpa.
USE THIS
MAGIC TO
RESTORE
YOUR LIFE.
ライフ フッカツノ
マホウヲ サズケヨウ{END}
I’ll teach you the
Restore Life magic.
ONLY TOWN
FOLK MAY
CROSS THIS
RIVER!
マチノヒト イガイ
カワヲ ワタセナイナ{END}
Only the townspeople
can cross the river.
YOU KNOW
BAGU? THEN
I CAN HELP
YOU CROSS.
バグノ シリアイカ!
ソレナラ ハシヲ
カケテヤロウ{END}
A friend of Bug’s, eh! In that
case, go on and cross the bridge.
NO ONE IS
HERE BUT A
CHURCHBELL
WILL RING.
コノマチノキョウカイ
シンプモ イナイノニ
イツモ カネガナルワ{END}
Though the church in
this town has no priest,
the bell always tolls.
THE ISLAND
PALACE IN
THE SOUTH
HAS A RAFT
イカダハ ミナミ
ニアル コジマノ
シンデンニ アルゾ{END}
The raft is at
the Islet Temple
to the south.
FIND MAGIC
IN A CAVE
IN MORUGE
SWAMP.
モルゲヌマノドウクツ
ニ ヤマイヲナオス
セイナルミズガ アル
{END}
Within a cave in Moruge
Swamp there is sacred water
that cures illness.
HARBOR
TOWN
OF
MIDO
ミナトマチ ミド{END} Harbor Town of Mido
THE DOOR
WILL NOT
OPEN. ITS
VERY QUIET
ドアハ ヒラカナイ
ヤケニ シズカダナ{END}
The door won’t open.
It’s awfully quiet.
PLEASE. MY
DAUGHTER
IS SICK.
HELP HER!
ムスメガ ヤマイデ
シニソウジャ
オイオイ{END}
My daughter is ill and
looks as though she’s at
death’s door. Sob, sob!
THE WATER
OF LIFE!
QUICK COME
WITH ME.
コレハ!セイナルミズ
コレデ ムスメノ
イノチハ スクワレタ
ウチヘキテクダサイ{END}
This is sacred water!
With this, my daughter’s
life will be saved.
Please come to my house.
ASK ERROR
OF RUTO
ABOUT THE
PALACE.
ルトニスム エラーガ
シンデンノコトヲ
シッテイルハズダ!{END}
Error, who lives in
Ruto, ought to know
about the temples!
THIS MAGIC
WORD WILL
GIVE YOU
POWER.
コノジュモンデ
ヨウセイノ チカラヲ
カリルガヨイ{END}
Borrow the power
of the fairies
using this spell.
WHEN YOU
JUMP PRESS
DOWNWARD
TO STAB.
ジャンプ シタトキ
キーヲ シタニ
イレナサイ{END}
When you jump
you must press
the down key.
BAGU IS MY
NAME. SHOW
MY NOTE TO
RIVER MAN.
オレノナハ バグ ダ
ワタシバノ オトコニ
コノテガミヲ ミセロ{END}
My name is Bug.
Show this letter to
the ferry landing man.
ZZZ… グーグー・・・{END} Zzz, zzz…
LET ME BE!
MASTER IS
IN WOODS
N OF RIVER
ウルサイナ! ココノ
シュジンハ カワノ
キタノ モリニ
イッテイルヨ{END}
Let me be! The master
of this house has
gone to the forest
north of the river.

TOWN-001.bin, 0x036B

THIS IS
KINGS TOMB
N/A N/A

This message doesn’t appear to have a Japanese equivalent.

STOP BY
FOR AWHILE
チョット ヨッテ
イカナイ?{END}
Won’t you come in?
REVIVED! ・・・・・
アア! イキカエッタ{END}

Ah! You’re revived!
REST HERE. ヤスンデ オユキ{END} Come and rest.
HOW ABOUT
THAT? ITS
MY SPECIAL
MEDICINE.
ドウダイ! アタシノ
トクセイノクスリダヨ{END}
What do you think? It’s
my special medicine!
I KNOW
NOTHING.
オレハ ナニモ
シランヨ{END}
I don’t know
anything.
PLEASE
SAVE OUR
TOWN!
マチヲ スクッテ!{END} Save the town!
YOU MUST
SAVE
HYRULE!
ハイラルヲ
オスクイクダサレ{END}
I would ask you
to save Hyrule.
I CAN NOT
HELP YOU.
チカラニ ナレナイワ{END} I can’t help you.
THE RIVER
DEVIL EATS
THOSE WHO
ARE WEAK.
マモノガ カワニ
スミツイテ タビビト
ヲ タベテシマウ・・{END}
The monster eats
travellers who settle
down by the river..
JUMP IN A
HOLE IN
THE PALACE
IF YOU GO.
シンデンニユクノカ?
ナカデハ オソレズニ
アナニ トビオリロ!{END}
You’re off to the temple?
Don’t be afraid to jump
into the hole within!
WELCOME
TO
NABOORU
ナボールヘ ヨウコソ{END} Welcome to Nabooru.
WANT TO
GET SOME
WATER?
ミズヲ クンデユコウ{END} Draw some water.
SEE A MAN
IN DARUNIA
BEFORE THE
ISLANDS.
ダルニアノマジシャン
ニ アウマデ メイロ
ジマノ シンデンニ
ハイラナイコトネ{END}
Don’t go to
Maze Island before
seeing the Darunia
magician, alright?
I AM
THIRSTY.
ノドガ カワイタワ{END} I’m thirsty.
YOU HAVE
WATER.
COME TO
MY HOUSE.
ミズヲ モッテルノネ
ウチニ オイデナサイ{END}
You have water, I see.
You should come to my house.
WITH BOOTS
I COULD
WALK ON
THE WATER.
セイナルブーツガ
アレバ ウミノアサセ
ヲ アルケルンダガナ{END}
If you have the sacred
boots you can walk in
the ocean shallows.
EAST OF
TRIPLE EYE
ROCK AT
SEASHORE.
ミイヒノイニーウガ
ツワガ ガ トツア
メノシカンハノワル
トカイテ アルゾ!{END}
There is a heart container
on the shore east of
Triple Eye Rock.

This is a puzzle. Reading the entire message from left to right will give you nonsense. However, reading only the first three lines from top to bottom instead of horizontally, it says “ミツメ イワノ ヒガシノ カイガンニ ハートノ ウツワガ アル” . This is what I have translated.

COME BACK
WHEN YOU
ARE READY.
イマノ オマエニハ
オシエテヤレナイ!{END}
I won’t tell you
the way you are now!
THIS MAGIC
WILL MAKE
YOUR SWORD
SHOOT FIRE
ツルギヨリ ホノウノ
デル マホウジャ{END}
This is magic that will
make your sword shoot fire.
YOU KNOW
ALL I CAN
TEACH YOU.
GO.
モウオマエニ オシエ
ルコトハナイ
キヲツケテイキナサイ{END}
I don’t have anything
more to tell you. Go,
and take care of yourself.
THE DEVIL
DOES NOT
LIKE NOISE
マモノハ オトヲ
キラウワヨ{END}
Monsters hate
noise.
A POWERFUL
KNIGHT
LIVES IN
THIS TOWN.
コノマチニハ スゴウ
デノ ケンシガイルゾ{END}
A powerful swordsman
lives in this town.
MAGIC KEY
READS…
TREASURE
OF KASUTO
マホウノ カギハ
カストノ タカラ
ト カイテアル{END}
The magic key
reads “Treasure
of Kasuto”.
THE PALACE
HAS A
FALSE WALL
シンデンニハ ニセノ
カベガ アルゾ!{END}
There are false
walls in the temple!
MOUNTAIN
TOWN OF
DARUNIA
ヤマノマチ ダルニア{END} Mountain Town of Darunia
IT IS SAID
THE EAST
OF NABOORU
HAS…
ナボールノ ズット
ヒガシニ カミガスム
ト カベニカイテアル{END}
On the wall is written
“God lives to the far
east of Nabooru.”

Once again, “God” refers to “神殿” (shinden), literally “god palace”, meaning “temple”.

THERE IS
SOMEONE
BEHIND THE
DOOR!
?? ドアノムコウデ
ヒトノ ケハイガスル{END}
?? There are signs of
someone behind the door.
RESCUE THE
KIDNAPPED
CHILD ON
THE ISLAND
コドモガ メイロジマ
ニ サラワレテシモウ
テノウ ・・・{END}
It’s said that
children are kidnapped
on Maze Island.
YOU ARE A
HERO FOR
SAVING MY
CHILD.COME
ユウシャヨアリガトウ
ウチヘ オイデナサイ{END}
Thank you, Hero.
Please come to my house.
THIS MAGIC
WILL
STRENGTHEN
A SHIELD.
オマエノタテニ
チカラヲ アタエル
マホウダ!{END}
This magic will
strengthen your
shield!
WHEN YOU
JUMP PRESS
UP TO STAB.
ジャンプシタトキ
キーヲ ウエニ
イレテミロ!{END}
When you jump
try pressing
the up key.
WE HAD
TO FLEE
KASUTO.
ミンナ カストカラ
ニゲテキタノヨ{END}
Everyone fled
from Kasuto.
THE OLD
MAN WHO
REMAINS
HAS MAGIC.
マチニノコッタ チョ
ウロウハ スゴイ
マジシャンダッタワ!{END}
The old man who remained
in the village is an
amazing magician!
22222 ・・・・{END}

I’m not sure why this turned into 22222 in English.

HIDDEN
TOWN
OF
KASUTO
ヒミツノマチ カスト{END} Secret Town of Kasuto
LOOKS LIKE
I CAN GET
IN THE
FIREPLACE.
オヤ!? ダンロニ
ハイレソウダ!{END}
Huh?! Looks like you can
get in the fireplace!
CALL FOR
HELP AT
THE THREE
EYE ROCKS.
サバクノ ミツメイワ
デ カミヲヨビナサイ{END}
Call to God at
Three Eye Rock in the desert.

Once more, “God” refers to “神殿” (shinden), literally “god palace”, meaning “temple”.

THE HOLE
IN PALACE
IS ENDLESS
TRAP.
シンデンノ アナハ
ソコナシニ クリカエ
スソウジャ クルクル{END}
It seems the hole in
the temple is a neverending
bottomless pit. Twirl, twirl.
DO YOU
HAVE THE
7 MAGIC
CONTAINERS
マジックノ ウツワハ
{D7}コアルカイ?{END}
Do you have {D7}
magic containers?
YOU
DESERVE
MY HELP.
FOLLOW ME.
イイモノヲ アゲヨウ
ツイテオイデ{END}
I’ll give you something
good. Follow me.
THERE IS
A SECRET
AT EDGE
OF TOWN.
マチノハズレニ
ヒミツガアル{END}
There is a secret on
the outskirts of town.
REMEMBER
THE MAGIC
WORD.
フシギナジュモンヲ
オボエテイキナサイ{END}
Learn this mysterious
spell.
KASUTO.
STRANGE…
IT IS
DESERTED.
カスト・・・ヘンダナ
マッタク ヒトノ
ケハイガナイ!{END}
Kasuto… it’s strange.
There’s no sign
of anyone!
THE TOWN
IS DEAD.
LOOK EAST
IN WOODS.
コノマチハ ハイキョ
マチノヒトハ ドウク
ツノ ヒガシノモリニ
カクレスンデイル{END}
This town is in ruins.
The townspeople live
hidden within the forest
east of the cave.
I CAN GIVE
YOU MOST
POWERFUL
MAGIC.
サイキョウノマホウヲ
サズケヨウ{END}
I’ll teach you the
most powerful magic.
YOU ARE
PERSISTENT
FIND HEART
OVER OCEAN
シツコイネ!
ウミノウエデ ハート
ヲ ミタヨ!キーキー{END}
You’re stubborn!
I saw a heart above
the ocean! Squeak, squeak.

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  2. Ryusui says:

    Spotted a typo.

    ナボールノ ズット
    ヒガシニ カミガスム
    ト カベニカイテアル

    It’s “kami”, not “kame”. It’s the same “Kami” -> “Shinden” thing going on everywhere else. “There is a god (temple/palace) far to the east of Nabooru.”

    Also, nice catch with the acrostic. That would’ve tripped me up but good.

  3. GlitterBerri says:

    Oops, thanks. =)

    Actually, I can’t take credit for figuring out the puzzle! I got the solution from the site with the context linked above.

  4. bearmon2010 says:

    Good job. I hope you can do for Rockman & Forte/Megaman & Bass versions for Gameboy.

  5. GlitterBerri says:

    I’m not familiar with that game. Any particular reason you’re interested in a retranslation?

  6. bearmon2010 says:

    Oh, something to do with rom hacking but since you are not familiar with that game. No worries. Again, good job. :)

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  9. LuigiHann says:

    Do you have any thoughts on their use of the name “Error”? It always seemed like an odd choice for a name.

  10. GlitterBerri says:

    I think it was just a joke on the developers’ part. Tongue in cheek, poking fun at all the bugs and errors they got programming the game, I’d guess. =)

  11. James says:

    Hey GlitterBerri, thank you for the translation. I was just re-playing AoL and noticing how incredibly cryptic the dialogue is. The original Zelda has the same problem of course, but the amount of dialogue is so limited that it doesn’t matter nearly as much.

    I can’t believe Nintendo didn’t bother to clean up the translation at all when they re-released it for the GBA.

    …I can’t believe Bagu’s real name was Bug. Hahaha.

  12. Pomo says:

    Bagu and Bug are technically both correct romanizations of バグ.

    I could be wrong but shouldn’t this part:

    マホウノ カギハ
    カストノ タカラ
    ト カイテアル

    be translated to “”The Magic Key is the treasure of Kasuto” is written here”? Because this is something written on the wall in an abandoned house in old Kasuto and not on the key itself.

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