So I was cruising through Gametap the other day, looking for new additions I might have missed out on. During this time I came across an interesting little game called Battle Golfer Yui. What makes it surprising is that the game was never released in America, but instead was a Japanese only release on the Sega Mega Drive. I’m not sure how or why Gametap included it, but they do acknowledge that its quite impossible to play through all the modes without understanding Japanese, and even tell you how to navigate to the quick play mode.
Upon further investigation, I discovered that it isn’t alone. There’s also at least one Wonder Boy release from Japan as well, and this time they warn that it might not even be possible to play without knowing Kanji.
So what does this mean for us gamers? A lot and a little. While its not easy or even possible for most gamers to play through these titles, its a good sign that a big service like Gametap isn’t afraid to shoot for something so obscure. It may be very possible for them to obtain other old Japanese releases in the future, ones that more people would have an interest in playing. I wouldn’t mind seeing some obscure arcade fighting games making an appearance.
On the other hand, I wouldn’t hold my breath about any sort of translations; I doubt any of the rights holders are going to let them go in and hack in an English script. Still, this is far better than nothing.