While the Choro Q (more commonly known as Penny Racers and Gadget Racers) series never really took off outside of Japan, fans of the pocket racing RPG games have been hard at work to enjoy the previously untranslated Choro Q releases. The Japanese exclusive PlayStation Choro Q 3 has received a fan translation which can now be downloaded.
Originally released in Japan back in 1998 by Takara, Choro Q 3 was Tamsoft's sequel to the 1997 outing of Choro Q 2, another release which never arrived in Europe or America. The closest gamers outside of Japan got to these titles was with Penny Racers, the official translation of the first Sony PlayStation Choro Q game back in 1996.
Over the last ten years, despite a lack of support, various games from the series have graced European shores under a vast range of names. With Penny Racers and Gadget Racers being the more familiar titles, the series has also graced our consoles under names such as Road Trip Adventure and Seek and Destroy.
Why all the fuss though? Aren't these just budget racing games for kids? Not quite... Although dressed up in a sickenly cute super deformed style, the Choro Q series could be described as a more friendly version of the incredibly detailed Gran Turismo with the addition of comedy horns, wings, garbage trucks, boat transformations, tanks and surreal circuits.
Still need convincing? Then take a look at this gameplay video from the untranslated version of the game.
The translation patch for Choro Q 3 can now be downloaded from ROMHacking.net, however those more interested in the process behind the translation should have a look at the author's blog. To enjoy Choro Q 3 in English, you will need to obtain/make a disc image of the original game to apply the patch to.
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