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Rom Hack Round Up: Sega Genesis Fan Translated English Action-RPGs

There were a few good Action/RPGs on the Sega systems, but these three are really top of the line and deserve their thorough fan translations to English. I especially recommend the soundtracks for King Colossus and Monster World IV.

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These games are great for RPG lovers who tire of turn-based ‘grinding’ that is so common in the console RPG classics. Check these great games today.

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Rom Hack Round Up: Sega Genesis Fan Translated English RPGs Part 2

Our round up of awesome Sega Genesis RPGs that have been fan-translated to English continues with two more awesome, futuristic RPGs.

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Phantasy Star is one of the biggest franchises for RPGs on the Sega systems in the 90s. The two games we look at today are part of the series or directly influenced by it. In both cases, these are must-plays for the sci-fi RPG lover.

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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.

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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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3DNES Emulator Transforms Your Favorite NES Game into a Pseudo-3D Trip

Ever wondered what your favorite classic Nintendo games would’ve looked like in 3D? Now you can get a feel for what it could have been like with the 3DNES emulator. It appears that the emulator takes some data about what is “walls” and what is background to extrapolate a likely 3D interpretation of the game.
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