Japanese Exclusive Nintendo Famicom RPG 'Ninjara Hoi' Fan Translated Into English

Ninjara-Hoi-Famicom-ROM-Fan-Translation-PatchOriginally released in Japan back in 1990, Ninjara Hoi was yet another RPG to hit the Famicom following the Dragon Quest boom. Given that very few RPGs of this era made it abroad, this classic Nintendo adventure remained an import exclusive... at least until fan translators got a hold of it.

Now fully playable in English following the release of a ROM translation patch, gamers can finally sample ASCII Entertainment's two decade old quest. Featuring your traditional RPG set-up, you'll find yourself traversing yet another expansive world and taking on monsters through a traditional battle system.

According to various sources online, Ninjara Hoi follows in the footsteps of the Mother / Earthbound series by introducing an element of tongue-in-cheek humour to the genre. That said, the fan translation group behind this patch have stated that most of the comedy in-game refer to various pop-culture and history events only the Japanese would understand. Knowing this, the translators have done their best to localise the references an make them accessible to the rest of the world.

Gamers hoping to check this out on their Nintendo NES flashcards should take note that Ninjara Hoi does not use traditional battery backed save functionality. Unfortunately, as the game was built to use ASCII's external add-on, the Famicom Turbo File to save progress, this fan translation is best enjoyed in emulators.

Ninjara Hoi (Nintendo Famicom) Fan Translation

As usual, to enjoy this ROM hack patch you will need to have a legally obtained original Ninjara Hoi ROM file to which you can apply this patch to. Full instructions on how to patch this ROM can be found within the download, or you can refer to this handy ROM patching guide on YouTube.

Link: Download Ninjara Hoi (Famicom) ROM Fan Translation Patch

Last Updated ( 28 June 2014 )  


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