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The Funniest (And Worst) Engrish In Classic Japanese Video Games
Kotaku ^ | FEB 1, 2013 | Gergo Vas

Posted on 02/01/2013 8:17:15 PM PST by nickcarraway

Back in the day Japanese developers didn't have the budget or the control to make perfect Japanese-to-English translations... although probably no one really cared. They had to translate and export their games to the West as fast as possible.

So they can't be blamed for this really—but the results are too hilarious. We collected some of them below.


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1 posted on 02/01/2013 8:17:22 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Funny, but I’ve seen waaaaay more screwed up English than that in Japan.

Somehow it’s always funniest when it’s in a really mass-marketed product.

Good stuff..!


2 posted on 02/01/2013 8:23:11 PM PST by gaijin
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To: nickcarraway; Ultra Sonic 007

Lol


3 posted on 02/01/2013 8:23:36 PM PST by ImaGraftedBranch (...By reading this, you've collapsed my wave function. Thanks.)
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To: gaijin
Certainly, you're familiar with the website dedicated to the phenomenon:

http://engrish.com/

4 posted on 02/01/2013 8:26:26 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: nickcarraway

“All your base are belong to us...”


5 posted on 02/01/2013 8:30:58 PM PST by meyer (When people fear the government, you have Tyranny)
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To: nickcarraway

All your base are belong to us! B-)


6 posted on 02/01/2013 8:32:47 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: meyer

Hey, that’s my line! B-)


7 posted on 02/01/2013 8:33:46 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: nickcarraway

“Do not want!”


8 posted on 02/01/2013 8:34:04 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: nickcarraway

You have no chance to survive make your time.


9 posted on 02/01/2013 8:34:18 PM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: nickcarraway

After I graduated from college I spent a summer in Tokyo. We amused ourselves daily with example of Japanese English.

My roommate bought a nightgown with a picture of three tumbling bears. The caption beneath them read, “Fat body prove fatal to fashion life. Decide to get thin. Best start now.”


10 posted on 02/01/2013 8:57:38 PM PST by redheadtoo
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To: nickcarraway

Someone set us up the bomb.


11 posted on 02/01/2013 9:23:55 PM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: nickcarraway

What amazes me is that even at that point in time there were localizing teams to convert the game for an English audience. Also consider that most NES games had maybe 1-2 paragraphs of text per game it would take 1 native peaker an hour or less to properly get rid of any engrish.


12 posted on 02/01/2013 9:25:58 PM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: nickcarraway

It gets even funnier when Japanese lawyers write this stuff. Back when I worked at a factory automation company that sold Japanese products, the manuals for these products used to have a some legalese in them “In this manual we have tried describe all possible configuration. Any other configuration not in the manual should be considered impossible.”


13 posted on 02/01/2013 9:26:39 PM PST by Dubya-M-Dees (Little HOPE... No CHANGE)
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14 posted on 02/01/2013 9:28:04 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: nickcarraway

From Fatal Fury Special: “Oooh. You make me so angry, ya big silly.”

Wow! Boehner said that exact same thing to Obama at their last meeting.


15 posted on 02/01/2013 9:41:08 PM PST by Leaning Right
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To: Mr. K

What you say?!?


16 posted on 02/01/2013 9:45:37 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable Tyranny)
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To: Joe 6-pack
One of our favorite site. People of WalMart too.
17 posted on 02/01/2013 9:58:12 PM PST by Bon of Babble (I have seen the future and I'm going back to bed!!)
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To: gaijin
The Chinese have overtaken Japan in Engrish production.


18 posted on 02/01/2013 10:03:42 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: nickcarraway

I had a couple of jobs where I had to interact with Japanese, with comical results. The first one involved a consignment of crated goods, being shipped from Tokyo, to Las Vegas. All the crates were clearly marked, in large stencil letters “Ras Begas”. The other involved some young teenage Japanese girls, wearing the cutest pink and white tops, with teddy bears and unicorns, and the English words “Fvck you” (you can imagine the actual spelling), emblazoned across their chests. It was obvious they had no idea what the words meant.


19 posted on 02/01/2013 10:29:19 PM PST by jttpwalsh
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To: jttpwalsh

Don’t be so sure ;)

Back around 2000, we got ‘hired’ to help an R&D team from a Japanese tire mfgr better understand the needs of off-road vehicles. Most of the team spoke exactly two words of English...”Crazy Horse”...as in the Strip club. (CH2 was still open then).

We had them out in the desert for three days. Well, most of them. Because after the first night at CH2, one of them disappeared for the duration. The dancer that he left with, and he, were found a week later in one hell of a ...situation ;)


20 posted on 02/01/2013 10:49:05 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: gaijin

My frat mate from college is the English teacher for a “gakuen” (high school) in Hokkaido. He sticks out because he’s the only white dude there so he’s popular. He told me when he replaced the other Engrish’ teacher, he almost died laughing the week before as he was reviewing the school syllabus for the upcoming school year and almost every sentence was spelled wrong.


21 posted on 02/01/2013 10:56:15 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: Norm Lenhart

I was trying to hope for the best, but you may be right! Thanks.


22 posted on 02/01/2013 11:22:07 PM PST by jttpwalsh
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23 posted on 02/01/2013 11:28:00 PM PST by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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24 posted on 02/01/2013 11:38:04 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ll have to post some of my own funny pics of Engrish over the years. I wish it was easier to share photos here.


25 posted on 02/02/2013 4:37:39 AM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.g)
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To: Dubya-M-Dees

My best friend had an early Honda motorcycle way back in the day that required (too) frequent clutch adjustments. We figured out how to do it no thanks to the manual which advised the user, at one point to “tickle the nut smilingly”


26 posted on 02/02/2013 4:52:13 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Are there any websites for Asians to laugh at our use of their characters? I would love to see whether there are more cases like the tattoo in Chinese that said “this is an ugly boy”?


27 posted on 02/02/2013 6:36:24 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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I’m sure there are, and that’s my exact thought every time I see some nutjob with Japanese or Chinese characters tattooed on his or her neck.


28 posted on 02/02/2013 7:02:12 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: nickcarraway
Hey FR old timers remember this classic?......

"all your video games are berong to us!" Hahahaaa!!!

29 posted on 02/02/2013 7:14:00 AM PST by wesagain (The God #Elohim# of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: null and void

Move Zig!


30 posted on 02/04/2013 7:32:29 PM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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