Tales of Innocence Translation Announcement!

By • July 14, 2008

That’s right, a project to translate 2007’s Nintendo DS title Tales of Innocence is officially under way! The project is a collaboration between myself and KC (whom I met on the Romhacking.net forums). You may know him from his work on some of the portable titles in the Super Robot Wars series (and if you don’t, it’s never too late to get acquainted). I was first contacted by KC on July 8th, this project officially began on July 9th, 2008.

Tales fans have been patiently waiting and hoping for an official announcement for ToI, but sadly, it looks like that day may never come. We believe that Tales of Innocence had all the makings to be a big success outside of Japan. However, with the development of newer games (including the upcoming Tales of Hearts for the DS) and the localization staff already working on Tales of Symphonia’s spinoff sequel and Tales of Vesperia, we believe it is unlikely that Tales of Innocence will ever see the light of day.

Tales of Innocence has many of the features that Tales fans both old and new have come to enjoy:

  • A 3D battle system that follows in Abyss’ footsteps (Free Running!)
  • Voiced Dialogue
  • Voiced Skits
  • Not Sucking (Never Before Available on the DS!)

So how are we going about this? Unlike my translation of Tales of Phantasia, I have decided to give in a little and use the official localized names for many of the series features. Namco has made efforts with recent games to create a standard and recognizable set of terms for their series, which I will respect. This means that I will be using Artes, Magic Lens, and many of the enemy names will be taken from Tales of the Abyss and Radiant Mythology.

However, I’m still sticking to some of my guns. Gummi shall remain Gummi. Shūsōraizan, the technique often translated as “Lightning Tiger Blade” will be the same as it was in Phantasia, “Thunder Claw”. “Grave”, the earth spell that strikes the enemy with spears of rock, will still be translated correctly as “Glaive”. This method allows me to give credit where it is due, gives fans the familiar Arte names that have been in use since Symphonia, and still gives me the freedom to add my personal touch to the Tales series.

Our translation is being tested on both emulators (primarily no$gba) and on real hardware using flash carts. Menu translation is currently at about 50%. Battle specific text is 100% complete. Skit and Event translation has not yet started, but I don’t think it will be all that long before we get started on it. KC has made things really easy on me and I look forward to continuing to work with him going forward.

We’re proud to be bringing you some of the freshest and best that the Tales series has to offer. I hope you continue to check back here, as my blog will once again be the home of the project. Any updates I post elsewhere will almost always be posted here first. Screenshots will also be available as part of the ongoing updates, though we will likely save most of the menu shots for the long lull that must occur while I translate the main script. With no further ado, allow me to present to you just a taste of what we have produced in less than one week:

Please leave us some comments and help us spread the word!

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327 Responses to “Tales of Innocence Translation Announcement!”

  1. sorry for being so stingy. ^^

  2. Will this patch work on ur DS? Or only DS Emulator on the computer?

  3. it will work on both… as the emulator on the pc boots the same…

  4. Sweet, man i’m gonna throw a party when this is done hahaha. I’m so happy i’m crying. 😡

  5. this is my first time here and all i can say is..THANKS MAN..!
    im so happy that there will be a full translation of tales of innocence..

    honto ni Arigatou..! ^^

  6. i can’t wait………….

    so when its gonna complete ?

  7. You can wait. I believe in you.

  8. been waiting for a year and still not out!!!
    i so cant wait.

  9. hows the progress …?

  10. wow very nice!! cant wait fot the patch -3-

  11. when is patch released??

  12. Let’s not to be a stingy okay… he say it will be released in Q1 so just wait… let’s motivated him more… dont bragging him more..

  13. i will wait for the complete patch translation of tales of innocence…..im very excited to play this game men!…. i will wait whatever happens just to play this game because im a certified r.p.g. lover…..more power….throughhim 43….

  14. when is the release date of the complete patch? im soooooooooooooooooo excited im a fan of your patches here ^_^

  15. hi every one how can i get a copy of the translation of the tales of innocence????
    plsss email at me

  16. @albert

    Just be patient, the translation patch will be out when it’s out.

  17. when this translation will be out?????? can i put that in my ds???

  18. When this game translation comes out is there an option to have me notified. I really want to play the game but i don’t want to keep checking back on this site to see if it has come out. If anyone knows please tell me.

  19. I heardsome rumor, it will complete on sep’09? It’s true?

  20. Nope.

  21. i’m chilean …..can you tell me when will be finished the patch….

  22. I’m American. No.

  23. I’ll wait for the release. but how do u actually patch one of this..?

  24. Shalom,

    Hello,how can i get this Tales of Innocence patch?

    may you send me the patch crossxvir@ymail.com..

    thank.may we be a good friend

    God bless you.

  25. Please don’t get discouraged by all the people not reading and spamming you with gimme gimme requests. Your work is much appreciated and it’s really a shame they are officially ignoring this game.

    I’m a big fan of the tales series and wish you good luck and motivation 🙂


  26. can you send the patch for nintendo ds because i cannot understand japanese! plz! thank you!

  27. hmm.. the proofreading is the main issue here..
    why don’t you announce the beta version and let the users report for the errors?

    btw thanks for all staffs that is working in this project for more than 1 year ^^
    honestly, i can’t wait for the release (lol)

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