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US-EU Alterations

Text that was tweaked between the North American and European English scripts.

North America Europe
I'm going to tell the story of
"Star Spirits and Good Wishes."
I'm going to tell the story of
"Star Spirits and Good Wishes".

The period was moved outside the quotation marks.


North America Europe
Hello!
I'm the Toad of the
trading event. How are you?
Did you bring the item?

No?
You don't have anything?

Look, I can't trade with you
unless you bring the item
I told you to bring.
Hello!
I'm the Toad of the
trading event. How are you?
Did you bring the item?

...No?
You don't have anything?

Look, I can't trade with you
unless you bring the item
I told you to bring.

Some ellipses were added before the "no".


North America Europe
Then I shall cook with
[item] and [item].♡
Then I shall cook with
[item] and
[item].♡

A line break was added.


North America Europe
I wonder who "Bootler" is.
...
I wonder who "Bootler" is...

A line break (here meant to imply a beat as Fice T. reads the letter) was removed.


North America Europe
All right, now your [HP/BP/FP]
have been upgraded.
All right, now your [HP/BP/FP]
has been upgraded.

"Have" was changed to "has" for consistency.


North America Europe
Coins Coin
Coins
Times Time
Times
Get jumping, Mario!
You need to hit [#] more block[s].
Get jumping, Mario!
You need to hit [#] more blocks.
Get jumping, Mario!
You need to hit [#] more block.
Game cleared!

The remaining time is [#].[#]...
So, well... You get [#] coins!

Game cleared!

The remaining time is [#].[#]...
So, well... You get [#] coins!

Game cleared!

The remaining time is [#].[#]...
So, well... You get [#] coin!

The European script split these lines into separate messages for singular and plural versions.


North America Europe
That's the "Lucky Star" from
Princess Peach.

Now that it's yours, you can use
the "action command."

May I take a moment to explain
what the action command is?

That's the "Lucky Star" from
Princess Peach.

Now that it's yours, you can use
the "action command".

May I take a moment to explain
what the action command is?

Another period moved outside the quotation marks.


English (North America) English (Europe) German French Spanish
You must listen!

The Koopa Bros. in the fortress
worked us too hard.

It was a long road, but I'm still
glad I ran away.

I'd rest easier if I knew those
Koopa Bros. had been punished.

You must listen!

The Koopa Bros. in the fortress
worked us too hard.

As far as they're concerned,
laborers have no rights.

I will never, ever go back to
work in such a terrible place.

Hör mich an!

Die Koopa-Brüder in der
Festung haben uns zu harter
Arbeit gezwungen.

Die Flucht war gefährlich, aber
ich bin froh, dass ich es ge-
wagt habe.

Ich könnte ruhiger schlafen,
wenn ich wüsste, dass diese
Kerle bestraft worden wären.

Ecoute bien!

Les frères Koopa nous
ont exploités.

J'ai marché pendant bien
longtemps pour m'enfuir.

Je serais soulagé si tu
pouvais les punir.

¡Debes escuchar!

Los Hnos. Koopa de la Fortaleza
nos hacen trabajar muy duro.

Ha sido un camino muy largo,
pero estoy contento de haberme
escapado.

Descansaré mejor cuando los
Hnos. Koopa sean castigados.

The European English version of this message was changed to be identical to the one next to it in the ROM. The other languages kept the old text.


North America Europe
That's right! Darn tootin'!
I'm Jr.Troopa!

This time, you're really gonna
see some fireworks!

That's right! Darn tootin'!
I'm Jr. Troopa!

This time, you're really gonna
see some fireworks!

A missing space was added after "Jr.".


North America Europe
Stop it with those stories!
You're giving me goosebumps!
Don't talk anymore! Let's just
bite the bullet and forge ahead!

We didn't come all the way from
Toad Town to turn back!

Stop it with those stories!
You're giving me goose bumps!
Don't talk anymore! Let's just
bite the bullet and forge ahead!

We didn't come all the way from
Toad Town to turn back!

"Goosebumps" was split into two words.


North America Europe
Ha ha! Yeah, that's right!
Let's see how you like the new,
improved Jr. Koopa!
Ha ha! Yeah, that's right!
Let's see how you like the new,
improved Jr. Troopa!

Jr. Troopa doesn't seem like the kind of guy to get his own name wrong.


North America Europe
We were playing hide-and-seek.
I had to be "it," but I couldn't
find anyone at all.
We were playing hide-and-seek.
I had to be "it", but I couldn't
find anyone at all.

The comma after "it" was moved outside the quotation marks.


North America Europe
Creeping Crazy Dayzees!
You're pure class, Mario!
Creeping Crazee Dayzees!
You're pure class, Mario!

"Crazee Dayzees" was misspelt in the North American version.


North America Europe
A long time ago, I used to
be like you.........and....

...........................
..............and then.....
...., you know,.........but

can you believe............
........... so I said......
................ and then..

........, you know, .......
completely unfair..........

.................and .....
so very rude..............
......despite my..........

..and finally.............
Hey, are you listening to me?

A long time ago, I used to
be like you......and...
..., you know, but...

can you believe...
so I said..... and then...
......, you know, ...
completely unfair...

and .....so very rude...
......despite my...
..and finally...
Hey, are you listening to me?

Apparently someone didn't like sitting through Koopa Koot's ramblings.


North America Europe
There's a grim guy called
Anti-Guy who guards a special
treasure chest...
There's a grim guy called
Anti Guy who guards a special
treasure chest...

Anti Guy's name isn't hyphenated anywhere else in the game, so this line was corrected.


North America Europe
This is a steep slope.
We have to press on, but I'm
getting a little tired going over
over such rough road.
This is a steep slope.
We have to press on, but I'm
getting tired going over such
rough road.

The extraneous "over" was removed.


North America Europe
Lava, lava, lava! There's such
a thing as too much lava,
that's for sure.
Lava, lava, lava! There's such
a thing as too much lava,
that's for sure.

Somehow an extra space ended up in the North American script.


North America Europe
What?I'm still small?
Well, yeah, compared to you, I
guess I'm still wet behind the
ears.
What? I'm still small?
Well, yeah, compared to you, I
guess I'm still wet behind the
ears.

A space was missed after "What?".


North America Europe
This penguin who likes gossip. He
wanders around the city.
This penguin likes gossip. He
wanders around the city.

The wonky first sentence was fixed up.


North America Europe
Double Dip / Double Dip
Triple Dip / Triple Dip

The trailing whitespace and slash were removed, probably to make these display properly in all four languages in the European version.


Japanese English (North America) English (Europe)
HPが [#]かいふくした! [#] [#] HP recovered!
HPが [#]ずつかいふくした! [#] [#] HP recovered by all!

For whatever reason these healing messages were blanked out in the North American version except for the number.

Hmmm...
To do:
Are they used anywhere, in any version?


North America Europe
The enemy's transparent! The enemy's transparent!
Mario's attack had no effect!

Apparently European kids aren't smart enough to figure out you can't hit the see-through guys.


North America Europe
Press together repeatedly! Press together repeatedly!

The spacing was slightly altered.


North America Europe
Venturing deep into the
steamimg Mt. Lavalava,
Mario and friends plucked
the Lava Piranha...
Venturing deep into the
steaming Mt. Lavalava,
Mario and friends plucked
the Lava Piranha...

"Steamimg". Apparently the US translation team didn't have spell check.


English German French Spanish
Flour das Mehl la Farine la Harina
Sugar den Zucker le Sucre el Azúcar
Salt das Salz le Sel la Sal
Egg die Eier l'Oeuf los Huevos
Milk die Milch le Lait la Leche
Strawberry die Erdbeeren les Fraises las Fresas
Cream die Sahne la Crème la Nata
Butter die Butter le Beurre la Mantequilla
Cleanser den Reiniger le Nettoyant el Detergente
Water das Wasser l'Eau el Agua

Articles were added to the European translations to make the grammar nice.

If you press the RESET Button,
all saved data will be lost.
          Press (A)

The European version evidently added a way to wipe the game's save chip if needed.

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: Is there a way to trigger this?


North America Europe
Make with one
Choose the second
Stop
Cook now
Add ingredient
Don't cook anything
Take
Don't take
Accept
Don't accept
Go on
Give up
Forgotten
Keep trying
Give up
Forgotten
Go back
Fight
Retreat
Fight

These menus were rewritten to sound better.


Don't Cook
Cook

An extra menu for Tayce T. was added to the English version. In Japan, this is just a generic yes/no choice.


English (North America) English (Europe) German
An egg Bomb made by Tayce T.
Throw it to damage 1 enemy.
An egg bomb made by Tayce T.
Throw it to damage 1 enemy.
Explosives Ei von Omle T.
Wirf es nach einem Gegner.
An egg Bomb made by Tayce T.
Throw it to damage 1 enemy.
An egg bomb made by Tayce T.
Throw it to damage 1 enemy.
Explosives Ei von Omle T.
Wirf es nach einem Feind.

Why was "bomb" capitalized? The world may never know. The German translation also inexplicably uses "opponent" in one message and "enemy" in another.


P-Up & D-Down
P-Down & D-Up

Battle menu entries for P-Up, D-Down and P-Down, D-Up. What would they be doing there? There is no equivalent text in the Japanese version.


Translation Errors

Cacti may speak Japanese, but do they speak it well?
...But does it make sense?
The translations on this page need to be proofread. If you are fluent enough in this language, please make any corrections necessary!
Hmmm...
To do:
There are probably several more. They may not all be worth covering, though.
Japanese Translation English
トゲを ふむと ダメージを うけたり
こうどうできなくなったり するから
ふまないように ちゅういしてね
If you step on their spikes,
you might take damage or become
unable to make a move, so be
careful not to.
Whatever you do, don't jump on
their spikes or you'll get
hurt or even paralyzed!

The English Tattle says that stepping on a Spiked Goomba may paralyze Mario, which is a bit confusing as it isn't actually referring to the status effect. The Japanese version simply says he won't be able to take any action, which still isn't entirely accurate (though given the ambiguous context, Goombario may actually be referring to the partner being incapacitated).


Japanese Translation English (North America) English (Europe)
バクハツする力が アップしてるから
HPに ちゅういしてね
Because [their] explosion power is boosted,
take heed of the HP value.
Pay attention to their HP,
because their explosions get
bigger as their HP drops.
They're more powerful than
Bullet Bills are, so watch
your HP.

The North American script erroneously says that Bombshell Bills get more powerful when their HP is low, likely due to the Japanese line being worded quite ambiguously. However, this was caught and fixed in time for the European release.


Japanese English (North America) English (Europe)
ヤミパタクリだよ
地下道に すんでる はねつきクリボーだ
This is a Paragloomba.
Paragloombas are nasty winged
Gloombas who make their home
in the Toad Town Tunnels.
This is a Paragloomba.
Paragloombas are nasty winged
Goombas who make their home
in the Toad Town Tunnels.

"Gloombas" was changed to "Goombas" to be more in line with the Japanese script, although it still makes sense either way.


Japanese English (North America) English (Europe)
マリオの こうげき力を アップするワザ
『はつでんパワー』が できるようになる
He'll master Turbo Charge to
increase Mario's attack power.
She'll master Turbo Charge to
increase Mario's attack power.
てき全体を マヒさせるワザ
『シビレはどう』が できるようになる
He'll master Mega Shock
to paralyze all enemies.
She'll master Mega Shock
to paralyze all enemies.

Watt was mistakenly referred to as male here (something which caused a lot of confusion among American players). The Japanese lines didn't require a pronoun in that spot, which is likely what led to the error. Ironically, Super Paper Mario's localization would make the same mistake again in Watt's Catch Card description.


Japanese Translation English (North America) English (Europe)
きょうれつな コウラの 体当たりで
てき1体を こうげきする
Attack an enemy by strongly
ramming into it with his shell.
Attack an enemy in the air
by bumping into it.
Shoots his shell at any enemy.

The North American description for Shell Shot is wildly inaccurate and makes it sound more like Sky Dive. The European one does a better job, though it also leaves out some minor details from the other two.


Japanese Translation English
クリパパ Goompapa Gooma
クリパパから クリオへの手紙 Letter to Goombario from Goompapa Letter to Goombario
from Gooma
ぜんりゃく
クリオ 元気か?
パパたちは 元気で やってるよ

おまえのとくいな 『ものしり』は
きっと マリオさんの やくに
たっていることだろう

おまえも たまには かおを 見せなさい
元気で がんばれ おうえんしてるぞ
             パパ より

I'll be brief-- How are you, Goombario?
We're all doing fine here.

I'm sure your special Tattle ability
is proving a lot of help to Mario.

You should stop by every now and again.
I'm excitedly cheering you on!

 your Dad

Dear Goombario,

How are you, my cute Goombario?
We're all doing fine here.

I hope your Tattle ability has
finally become useful.

Stop by whenever you get the
chance. We all miss you.

Good luck, my little Goomnut!
I'll be thinking of you.

 Gooma

Gooma's letter to Goombario is actually from Goompapa. Whoops. They probably misread his Japanese name クリパパ (Kuripapa) as クリババ (Kuribaba), which would mean "Goomba grandmother" or "old woman Goomba". However, Gooma's Japanese name is クリばあ (Kuribā).


Japanese Translation English
いろいろと 話をする キノピオだよ
オイラが ママたちといるときにあうと
ペットじまんばっかり きかされるんだ

うわさ話を ひろめるのも
けっこう すきみたいだよ
本当かどうかは たしかめないとね
He's a Toad who talks about various things.
Whenever I run into him with my family, he
does nothing but brag about his pet.

Apparently he's also pretty fond of
spreading rumors. He doesn't bother to
check how accurate they are, though.
This Toad is constantly running
his mouth.
When I'm with Gooma, he boasts
about his pet a lot.

He's a huge gossip.
You can't believe everything he
says.

Similarly to above, the Japanese version of this Tattle mentions Goomama in the plural (implying at least one other relative is present as well, such as Goombaria), but her name was mistranslated as Gooma and the plural left out.


Japanese English
しっていますか?
キノピオタウンには もう1けん
お店が あるんですよ

ここのお店とは うっている物が
ちょっと ちがうんですよ
いちど のぞいてみては どうでしょうか

Hey... I bet you didn't know
that there's another shop
here in Toad Town.

The merchandise they carry
is slightly different.
You might want to check it out
sometime.

ヘイホーたちが いなくなって
へいわな キノピオタウンが
もどってきました

マリオさんの おかげです!

まったく・・・
あの イタズラずきのヘイホーにも
こまったものですね!

The town has grown peaceful
once more. The Shy Guy menace
is at last halted.

We owe you a debt.

Those Shy Guys...
I'm not usually this emotional.
I must calm down.

An example of a translation fix-- Kinoko Town (Mushroom Town) was accidentally referred to as Kinopio Town (Toad Town) in these Japanese messages. Not that it mattered, as Kinoko Town became Toad Town in English anyway.


Japanese English
☆ ヒミツのこくはくコーナー ☆

ボク じつは レサレサおじょうさまが
だいすきなんですぅ~

あの たかびしゃなところが
たまらなく いいんですぅ~

あ~あ かいちゃった・・・
このらくがき レサレサおじょうさまに
見られたら どうしよう・・・
かんがえただけで ゾクゾクするぅ~♡

       テレサハウスのあぶないテレサ

☆ Secret Confession Corner ☆

To tell you the truth, I'm crazy
about Miss Bow.

She's so arrogant...so very
headstrong... I love it!

I can't believe I'm writing this...
If Miss Bow sees this, what'll
I do?

Just thinking about her gives me
chills...♡
       A scary Boo
         from Boo's Mansion

Another fix-- Boo's Mansion is referred to here by its earlier name of "Boo House", which appears in the game's internal map list.

Localization Oddities

Japanese Translation English
ブロックを 9コ たたいてくださいね
しかし 9ブロックコースを えらぶとは
マリオさん チャレンジャーですね
それじゃあ いきますよぉ・・・
パネルで~~~
ゴーッ!
Try to hit nine blocks.
But, picking the 9-Blocks Option...
You like a challenge, don't you, Mario?
Get ready to...
JUMP...
ATTACK!!!
Try to hit nine blocks.
Get ready to...
JUMP...
ATTACK!!!

The Toad running the Jump Attack minigame says something extra for the 9-block option in the Japanese version, which was removed from all other languages.


Japanese Translation English
でも なんだか その本
おんなの人・・・
じゃなくて
メスのカメの絵ばかり のってたわよ
But for some reason, that book
only has pictures of women...
Koopa women, I mean.
It's strange... That book...
it has all these pictures of
shells ...and exercises...
"Firmer shells in 30 days"?

The nature of "Koopa Legends" (カメのしんぴ/"Koopa Mysteries" in Japanese) is also slightly different... it's not an exercise book, for one.


Koopa Koot Responses to Favors

Japanese Translation
おおっ!
さすがは マリオさんじゃ
たいしたもんじゃぞい
Amazing!
Just as I thought, Mario,
you're the cat's meow!
おおっ!
さすがは マリオさんじゃのぅ
すばらしいぞい!
Amazing!
Just as I thought, Mario,
you've done splendidly!

In the international releases, Koopa Koot has several different responses to favors that Mario has completed for him, usually using interesting phrases that reference various in-game enemies. However, in the Japanese version he only has two different phrases that he'll say, both being very similar to each other.


Chuck Quizmo Questions

Though Chuck Quizmo's questions stayed pretty much the same for all versions, several of the wrong answer choices were changed for the English version:

Japanese Translation English
1) What is the name of Goombario's younger sister?
クリスチーヌ

クリヨ

クリコ

Kurisuchīnu

Kuriyo

Kuriko

Goombette

Goombalina

Goombaria

19) What's the name of the elderly Koopa Troopa who always asks for errands to be run?
ノコタロウ

ノコジロウ

ノコサブロウ

Nokotarō

Nokojirō

Nokosaburō

Koopa Krab

Koopa Koot

Old Koop

32) Who among the following lives in Forever Forest?
ドガボン

モーリー

シンエモン

Dogabon

Mōrī

Shin'emon

Jr. Troopa

Oaklie

Cleft

60) What best describes the relationship between Mario and Luigi?
こいびと

ともだち

兄弟

Lovers

Friends

Brothers

Neighbors

Friends

Brothers

  • Question #1: "Kurisuchīnu", one of the wrong answer choices, was later used for Goombella's Japanese name in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
  • Question #19: The wrong answer choice "Nokotarō" was later used for Koops' Japanese name in The Thousand-Year Door.
  • Question #32: The names match up except for "Dogabon" (the Japanese name for Tubba Blubba).
  • Question #60: No explanation needed.


Location Names

The Japanese names of a few areas were meant to harken back to previous Mario locales, a detail that got lost when the English localization team decided to give them different ones:

  • Shooting Star Summit has the same name as Star Hill from Super Mario RPG (ほしのふるおか, "Falling Star Hill"), implying they're the same location.
  • Dry Dry Desert has the same name as Kalimari Desert from Mario Kart 64 (カラカラさばく, "Dried-Up Desert"). The reference becomes even more obvious when taking into account the K64's resemblance to the train from that course, as well as the fact that the music that plays when riding it is a remix of the Kalimari Desert theme.
  • Shiver Mountain (and by extension the Shiver Region) has nearly the same name as Cool Cool Mountain from Super Mario 64 (サムイサムイ山 vs. さむいさむいマウンテン, "Cold Cold Mountain"). The only differences lie in the kana and the use of the Japanese word for "mountain" instead of the English one. This would explain why all the Bumpties in that area are called Penguins instead.
  • Star Way is named Star Road, an obvious reference to Super Mario RPG (and Super Mario World in turn).