Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite!
|Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite!|
Also known as: Tottoko Hamutarou 2: Hamu-chans Daishuugou Dechu (JP)
The cutesy adventure where you, the hamster completely without a vocabulary, are tasked with gathering all of the other Hams for a clubhouse meeting. Just don't Hulahula around, or Hamtaro will get very Blash-T.
- 1 Hidden Text
- 2 Unused Text
- 3 Unused Graphics
- 4 Unused Music
- 5 Regional Differences
The following text is found at 0x753A (US), 0x74ED (EU), or 0x76CE (JP):
A copyright notice with the project name, studio name and date can be found at 0xA000 (EU):
HAMTARO2 Paxsoft nica. 2000/11/21
And a similar name at 0x0134 (EU):
Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite! is the second Hamtaro game released in Japan, hence the 2.
Among several incomplete textual Ham-chat word and item lists in the ROM are several unused strings of text, separated by the byte E1. This byte seemingly isn't in any actual used text, so what it means might be beyond anyone. Here are the unused and unmentioned words, not in their proper order:
sabaku sabaku sabaku sabaku kadan kadan kadan suberidai J Gym hanazono deiriguti keidai mori mori ribbon rika F-rouka F-rouka F-kaidan uraniwa namikimiti kyuusyoku kousaku PC veranda veranda veranda funnsui koisi-heya veranda Walnut Carrot Wabldobl
Note that neither walnuts nor carrots, and certainly no wabldobls, appear in the game.
At 0xBC160 in the ROM (US), a list of the names of every single hamster that appears in the game can be found. Some of the names aren't very well-researched - for example, the dog's name is Taro, but this lists him only as "Dog". Most of these names aren't ever mentioned, and there is no list of names in-game, so the entire thing goes unused. Every single entry is preceded by a newline and ends with a string ending:
Hamtaro Boss Snoozer Bijou Maxwell Oxnard Pashmina Panda Jingle Sandy Stan Penelope Cappy Howdy Dexter Fat Ham Stuck Ham Hungry Ham Skinny Ham Prima Donna Ham Very Full Ham Shutterbug Ham Tutorial Ham Money-offering Ham Desert Ham Desert Ham Anxious Ham PC Ham Glass Ham Collector Ham Collector Ham Grandma Ham Hip Attack Ham Skeleton Ham Nut Ham Sign Ham Bug Ham Jungle Ham Mog Ham Panic Ham Scared Ham Poet Ham Sleeping Ham Sleeping Ham Golf Ham Flower Ham Noisy Ham Snoozing Ham Snack Ham Sun-tan Ham Sun-tan Ham Master Ham Store Clerk Ham Bartender Ham Middle-aged Ham Macho Ham Macho Ham A Jock Ham Macho Ham Picnic Ham Ham-Swap Ham Apprentice Ham Errand Ham Mole Pigeon Hole Ham Crow Guest Ham Dog Ham Dog Who's that? Mini-Hams Frog Eskimo Ham Turtle Doctor Ham Nurse Ham Sexy Ham Squirrel Monkey Valley Girl Ham
Untranslated Dictionary Entry
Among all the other dictionary graphics, an untranslated entry from the Japanese version of Hamtaro appears. This entry reads へろへろん (heroheron, sounds like "be drained") and ぐったり (guttari, means someone is really tired). This entry appears in the Japanese version, too, and is just as unused there. In the actual game, a Ham-Chat for "tired" called Blahh appears, though this has its own different counterpart in the Japanese version. In the European version of the game, the entry appears five separate times, one for each language.
All songs are listed at the end of the soundtrack and don't have names.
Unused Track 1
An 8-bit version of the Japanese Hamtaro song, Hamutaro Ekakiuta, or Hamtaro Drawing Song.
Unused Track 2
Unknown what this would be used for, though it sounds like a failure jingle of some sort, so it possibly could've been for when you receive a low score in a minigame.
Unused Track 3
Scrapped Ham-Jam song, an 8-bit version of Dvorak's New World Symphony - 4th Movement.
Unused Track 4
Another scrapped Ham-Jam song, an 8-bit version of Dvorak's New World Symphony - 2nd Movement.
Unused Track 5
Yet another scrapped Ham-Jam song, though this is a second, more triumphant version of Dvorak's New World Symphony - 4th Movement. Strangely, it's the only song to have multiple Ham-Jam renditions.
Unused Track 6
Overworld music that sounds like an early version of the Flower Garden/Cave theme, though given that it's the last song in the soundtrack, this might be unlikely.
Each version of the game has a different title screen. The Japanese version, of course, displays the Japanese title with the same style as the Japanese logo. The US and European versions both display the westernized logo, but with a different-looking subtitle: the US version places the subtitle on a brown box and has a green background, while the European version's logo is the same as the one on the game's box art.
"For use with Game Boy Color" Screen
The screen that pops up when you try to play the game on an original Game Boy has its own, smaller monochrome version of the logo in all three versions! Of note is also the unique Hamtaro sprite - largely a copy of the one used in-game, but it has a shadow and is antialiased by hand.
The Japanese version of the game plays a chippy version of the Japanese opening to Hamtaro - sorry, Tottoko Hamutarō - while the US and EU versions do the same for their own separate theme. Since the title screen is set to start the eyecatch after the song has finished playing, the US and European title screens stay active for more than twice as long as the Japanese title screen does.
This change carried over to all later Hamtaro games released outside of Japan. It also affects the unlockable Ham-Jam based on the title theme, making it the longest Ham-Jam theme by a wide margin in international versions.
|Japanese title theme||International title theme|
The theme playing in the background while viewing the notebook is different in the Japanese version compared to the US and EU versions. The Japanese version plays the bass channel of the Japanese title theme in the right speaker and the percussion in the left, without the two other channels playing at all. The US and EU versions use the same theme as the regular pause menu.
Contrary to the above change, the same was not done for Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak, which uses the Japanese theme (on its pause menu) in all versions.
|Japanese notebook theme||Pause menu and international notebook theme|
One of the items in the game's trading sequence has different names in the US and European versions. In the US version, the item is called a "Nut". The European localization team said nuts to that and called it a "Cherry". This change is reflected both on the items screen and in dialogue. Note that there are also a few differences in the item description font - the European font has a shorter Y, for example.
Flugo+, the miracle drug that cures everything between the common cold and the common cold, has different appearances in America and Japan. While the Japanese opt to put text on the large, pink pill, the Americans find that very intimidating and remove it completely.
Oh. Oh dear. It is quite obvious why this was changed for the US version. In the international version, Hamtaro is standing around looking bored, tapping his foot and just waiting. In Japan, however, he is rubbing the ground with his paw (it's some Japanese anime thing when a character is bored or embarrassed/ashamed), but it looks like he is tapping his crotch over and over while looking smugly satisfied.
In Japan, Hamtaro says Hamtast by... having a cold, or something. In the international version, the localization team grabbed the sprite of Hamtaro sneezing and slapped a thumbs-up on it. Knowing Hamtast is supposed to mean "perfect", which is better?
The Japanese animation may be a reference to the Asian superstition that sneezing once means someone is talking about you. (A little smug, are we, Hamtaro?)
The Ham-chat word Hushie means secret, so it's represented by looking horrified and holding a paper with an X in front of your mouth in Japan. Someone decided that wasn't proper in another country, though, and changed it to a red crossed-circle symbol. That someone also made Hamtaro look more forward than up.
The Japanese Cramcram has Hamtaro wearing a headband with a Japanese flag design. In the US, however, the localization team could not stand such smug Japanese patriotism and removed the iconic red circle altogether.
|The Hamtaro series|
|Game Boy Color||Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite!|
|Game Boy Advance||Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak • Hamtaro: Rainbow Rescue|