Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Stealth for the Super Famicom - Lost in Translation

Firestriker, was a sweet game that got overlooked, but some of the best games you've never heard of were literally unheard of because they weren't being talked about in your language.  I could not find a copy of Stealth in English, but I'm not going to let a little thing like literacy bother me.  I found the Japanese version and had at it.

If you don't understand the menus, that's fine, but the action should be pretty obvious.

I have no idea what is being said, but I figured out how to play.

You lead an elite squad of army commandos against the Viet Cong.  Your mission (or so I've read) is to destroy their missile caches.  I don't know if the Viet Cong really had missiles or not, but it makes for good game play.

Fortifying missiles with five dudes behind barrels... SRSLY?!?!

Since I can't read any of the names, I made them up:

       Sargent Leader Guy - Squad Leader

       Chief Raging Bullets - Sniper

       Fatty Donuts - Demolition Expert

       Steve Bushemi - Bullet Magnet

       Crazy Ryu Rambo - Combatives Specialist

       Nerdy BigNose - Radio Operator

Once I figured out how to play the game was actually really awesome.  You walk through the wilderness, killing Viet Cong and innocent farmers, none of which said anything I understood.  I really felt like I was getting the feeling of what it must have been like for American soldiers in this war.  I think it's possible that the villagers were supposed to be giving me tips, but it was all wing-dings to me.

He could be insulting my mother for all I know.
Me love you long time.
Oh noooooo.... to boku.

Unfortunately, this game never came out in the US, and I haven't seen a translated version in my searches.  I think that if you want to play this one, you'll have to bite the bullet and either learn Japanese or just fill in the dialog with your own flavor.  For example, after you beat the first level, there's a bunch of Japanese and then it says "Yes or No"?  I chose yes and this black guy up here joined my party.

I'm not sure how to rate the game, but it is definitely playable.  Maybe just drink a few beers first.