Japanese Exclusive Nintendo Famicom Platformer ‘Pocket Zaurus: Swords of the Ten Kings’ Translated

Pocket-Zaurus-Swords-of-the-Ten-KingsMonsters In My Pocket and Micro Machines were two hugely successful franchises that started out as toys, but soon found themselves in the video game world. Japan also adapted many of its products into video games, with one of the more unusual offerings being a Famicom title based upon a range of school stationery disguised as dinosaurs. As you’d expect Pocket Zaurus: Swords of the Ten Kings never quite left Japan, however, one fan translation group has decided to gift the 1987 release an English localisation.

Although the thought of playing through a side-scrolling platformer as either a pencil sharpener or crayon may not sound too appealing, Pocket Zaurus: Swords of the Ten Kings is a surprisingly neat little adventure. Where it differs from the wide selection of 8-bit platformers though is in it’s quiz-based elements - with each level asking players to tackle crossword puzzles in the games manual to reveal tips on how to beat the game’s final boss. On top of that the game will occasionally ask the player questions, to which correct answers will yield in-game bonuses.

Fan translation group DvD Translations recently released their patch for Pocket Zaurus: Swords of the Ten Kings which convert’s all of the game’s dialogue and questions into English. Furthermore the group have also begun working their way through the game’s manual to ensure that anyone playing the game has all of the information they’ll need - with the only downside understandably being that all the crosswords remain in Japanese.

Nevertheless be sure to have a play through this unusual hybrid platformer for the Nintendo Famicom either via an emulator or a flash cartridge such as the Everdrive N8. Full instructions on how to patch the Japanese ROM of Pocket Zaurus: Swords of the Ten Kings can be found in the patch download.

Pocket Zaurus: Swords of the Ten Kings (Famicom) Gameplay

Note: This is the untranslated game shown in the video above.

Link: Pocket Zaurus: Swords of the Ten Kings (Famicom) Translation Patch

Last Updated ( 13 June 2015 )  


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(Link to this comment) thedoitsujin 2015-06-14 10:32
Neat! That game looks like lots of fun and perfect for a Sunday morning :) Thanks for sharing! now i definitely have to get a copy of the game.

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