English translation patch released for “Jung Rhythm” on the SEGA Saturn

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In development for the past month, the English translation patch for the SEGA Saturn game “Jung Rhythm” has been released!

So, what’s this game all about?

“Jung Rhythm” (じゃんぐリズム) is a rhythm game for the Sega Saturn, often compared to “PaRappa the Rapper” for some of its similarities, although according to records, both games were in development simultaneously.

The player takes the role of Vanilla Essence, a young girl who dreams of being a star. The story follows her quest from eating breakfast through to a duet with her favorite superstar, the earth-loving rocker, Chorking!

The gameplay itself takes the form of call-and-response dance and song duets with various characters, where the other characters will sing a line and the player is asked to repeat it. Lyrics appear at the top of the screen, while input prompts appear in the first of a pair of bars along the bottom of the screen as they sing. Ad-libbed inputs are also permitted, and there are specific ad-lib segments.

Vanilla Essence’s performance is then graded in five categories and given an overall score. If players score high enough, they’re allowed to continue to the next story segment. Between story segments there is a short full-motion video cutscene connecting the dots.

The game additionally includes a practice mode, as well as a two-player “BATTLE” mode, where players can compare their skills.

Below represents a high-level list of changes made for this English translation patch.

  • New single-byte character encoding code and a new font have been implemented.
  • All text has been translated into English, including song lyrics.
  • All graphics have been translated into English and re-rendered.
  • All cutscene videos have been translated into English, subtitled, and re-rendered.

All programming and hacking was done by me, Derek Pascarella (ateam). Translation was done by the highly-skilled wiredcrackpot. Audio and video was handled with perfect execution by the talented Shadowmask, while Malenko worked his pixel-art magic doing dozens of brand new sprites and tiles in the graphics department.

To download the patch, follow the link at the top of this article. Be sure to skim the README, as it contains valuable information for first-time players, as well as those wanting to get the most out of their experience with this colorful, bizarre, 32-bit song-and-dance adventure!

If you’re feeling generous and want to contribute to my ongoing translation patch endeavors, head on over to DreamcastForever.com and click “Contact” for the PayPal donation link.