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Rom Hack Round Up: Sega Genesis Fan Translated English RPGs Part 1

While the SNES seems to get the most attention for its RPGs, the Sega Genesis has a ton of great roleplaying classics too. Many of the best ones, however, never made it to North America during the console’s original run. Here’s a few awesome ones you can try out on the Genesis that are definitely worth your time.


Today, we’ll look at three high quality RPGs for the Sega Genesis. These games have been translated to english and their Roms are easy to find. You can even get two of these on an actual Sega cartridge!

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Tutorial: How To Patch Japanese Roms for Fan-Made English Translations

We’ve had tons of articles reviewing some amazing romhacks here on videogamedj.com and yet we’ve only scratched the surface of some of the awesome modifications to your classic favorite games that are out there. The tutorial below can help you not only create the altered playable version of any of the games we’ve reviewed from the original ROM, but it can also open up a huge world of fan-translated Japanese games that you can now play in English.

As any gamer knows, classic console gaming was far bigger in Japan than it ever was in North America. This fact and the lag between getting games translated and new consoles taking over the market lead to a number of incredibly polished, classic gaming masterpieces never getting translated and/or never being released to the North America market.


This is especially true of the SNES/Genesis era when roleplaying games in particular started to become epic works of art with beautiful soundtracks. It’s an interesting period to revisit. You can see the origins many game ideas that are now common – branching plots, real-time RPG battles and character development that impacts the ending – they all got their start in some of these lost gems.

While some of these games have been translated and released officially on other platforms, some have not. Some of the official translations are inferior versions of the originals that don’t quite play the same. Thanks to fan translations that patch the original rom with english text, you can enjoy these games in their original format without learning Japanese first.

While some of the patched English ROMs are available for direct download, many are not. The patches and Japanese ROMs are easier to get, so its up to you to do the patching. Here’s a quick run through on how to do it.

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Zelda ROM Hack – The Legend of Zelda: Outlands

This is a guest post by Pixxel Papa from RetroGameNetwork


There’s always been place for the ROM hacking world to get some love on this site, and it’s about high time it got some of the love it so deserves. Say what you will about ROM hacking, but being able to put a new spin on a game that we have enjoyed for decades provides an incredibly satisfying experience (when done well, that is), that we have next to no hope from seeing from the big gaming companies that made these games in the first place. Sure, we have gems like Mega Man 9 and 10, but those kind of official throwbacks are not seen very often, and to remedy the situation, we have the ROM hacking community. Out of said community, came first game we will be reviewing for ROM Hack Write-Ups,  The Legend of Zelda: Outlands; a completely new game that plays just like the original 8-bit masterpiece that we all know and love.

title screen

I recently completed the original Legend of Zelda’s second quest on my Famicom Disk System, and going through a Zelda experience that I never had the skills to do as a child, I was dying for more! Throughout the entire playthrough of the second quest, I did not once use the Internet to check maps, item locations, or anything of the sort. Sure, that made the game a heck of a lot harder, but it also gave me that same sense of adventure and accomplishment that I experienced when I beat the game the first time as a kid. There’s something about getting all of the answers on GameFAQs that just kind of takes all of the fun and challenge out of a new game experience.

With that mindset in my head, I came across a rare cartridge version of the game, as was created by the good folks over at NES Reproductions. Sure, I could have downloaded and played the ROM for free, but there was something about playing a brand new, classic Zelda game on my TV with an NES controller in my hand that I simply could NOT pass up. I was jonesin’ for more Zelda, and this game delivered. Oh, did it ever deliver.

The Thunderbird's wrath.

Let’s start off with the story. Outlands takes place after the events of the original NES games, and takes a whole new direction that the creator of the this game dreamed up for the series. As per the official website of the game:

“The Thunderbird, a horrible guardian encountered by Link in the Great Palace of Zelda 2, has somehow survived and is out for revenge. Having lost the Triforce of Courage at the hands of its adversary, it has stolen the Triforce of Power and flown to the vast neighbor of Hyrule, the Outlands. In a world similar to yet completely different from Zelda 1, Link must track down the captured Tetrarch Fairies and, with their help, break open Ganon’s secret golden vault where the creature now resides.”

Sounds great! Now, here’s where things get really, really awesome. Take everything you know about the way the original game plays. The monsters, the items, the dungeons, the overworld…everything. It’s all different. Every last bit of it.

Look out, Link!

The way the game itself is played (mechanics and such), and Link and Zelda themselves are about the only things that are retained from the original. Every monster is this game is either completely different from their original counterparts, or has some sort of variation to them. For example, the monsters you see above sure don’t look like a Zola or Octoroks to me. You may encounter some Moblins, but I wonder if you’re going to be dodging arrows, or something else…

From the very start of this game, it’s pretty easy to to tell that the difficulty of this adventure has been jacked up, especially when compared to the original; including the second quest. I really don’t want to go into too many spoilers, as I want those of you who decide to give this game a whirl after reading this review to experience those same “HOLY CRAP!” feelings as I did. You have not nine, but EIGHTEEN new dungeons to look forward to finding and completing! That’s right folks, this game too, has a second quest, for those who are truly epic at this game.

If you cannot get your hands on a repro cart, you can download the hack directly from the main page of the game’s website. You can also read more about the changes and differences between this and the original, but I personally think if more fun to dive into it without scouring the Internet first, so you too can be just as pleasantly surprised as I was.

Pixxel Papa is the Editor in Chief of Retro Game Network and an all-around swell guy.

For more Zelda , check out our Zelda Sounds Collection and The Best Zelda Games You Never Played.