Retron 5 Offers Support for Fan Translations

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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Retron 5

Retron 5 has added a feature that makes it much more appealing to longtime gamers: support for translation patches. There are many Japanese games that didn’t get localized for one reason or another, and fans have taken it upon themselves to translate some of them. For years, the only way to play these fan translations was through the use of emulators, the legality of which is dubious at best.

However, now Hyperkin has an update for the Retron 5 that allows a player to use a translation patches. The Retron 5 makes a ROM of the cartridge you are playing to give all the freedom of an emulator without the questionable legality. Now, they’ve added the ability to patch that ROM with a translation. Now, Hyperkin does not prohibit or take responsibility for the patch of Final Fantasy V getting patched onto Dragon Quest V. This won’t break your cart;  more likely, the game will simply not load, so you’ll have to start over. Hyperkin also doesn’t guarantee that every patch will work; you’ll have to do your own research on that one.

Still, if you own a Japanese cart, and want to actually plug it in a console to play it in English, you now have an option. Retron 5 just got a whole lot more interesting.


About Guy Rainey

I’m Guy Rainey. I’m a hardcore Nintendo fan, a PC enthusiast, and a Sony sympathizer. Also an amateur/aspiring game creator. I love any game that puts story as the main focus of the game, so that means JRPGs are my favorite genre almost by default.

  • TrueWiiMaster

    So, with the Retron 5, I can buy a copy of Mother 1 or 3 and play in English using the fan translations?

    • enigmaxtreme

      I was just thinking that, god I hope its true….

    • crimsondisco


      It’s been a while but I can answer that. Given that Retron 5 uses Retroarch code, and Retroarch applies soft-patches to games just like that, yes, it’ll work.

    • TrueWiiMaster

      Awesome. I’m strongly against pirating, so I’m glad there’s a relatively easy, legitimate way to play games like Mother in English. Now if only there was a way to do that with Gamecube games.

    • crimsondisco

      Well if you’re talking about legitimate and legal ways, you could always make a dump/rip OF your own GameCube games to use on Dolphin, if you’re thinking about that. Nothing wrong with it. Though you’d be better just playing on a Wii or something. I don’t know about any GameCube fan translations.

    • TrueWiiMaster

      I had thought about doing that with a Wii some day, but first I’d need another Wii. As for fan translations, I’d heard of a fan translation for Giftpia (pretty much the only foreign language game I want on the Gamecube), but I don’t know if it was ever made into a patch.

  • Razorfall

    Were there any improvements to their save transfer feature?

  • Michael Berg

    Huh excuse me but I thought that it can only be done through root of the SD card and there are patches in witch to the US cart and most of them Japanese cart so I’m confused.