Guide: Understanding The Basics Of Japanese For Import Gaming Goodness
Posted by Kerry Brunskill
Prospective import players: We've got you covered
Buying and playing Japanese imports is one of gaming's little adventures. It can be exciting and rewarding, but it's not without its pitfalls — the most obvious of which is the language barrier. While many import games will feature a small amount of English text, most will be impenetrable to those who can't read Japanese.
Fear not, however — we're here to help. The table below is a quick reference guide of some of the most common and important terms a gamer playing a Japanese game is likely to encounter. It’s far from being exhaustive, but it should help avoid any accidental save deletions and give a general idea of what’s being asked.
Japanese: スタート OR はじめる OR 始める
Japanese: コンティニュー OR つづく OR 続く
Japanese: けす OR 消す
Japanese: オーバーライト OR 上書き
Japanese: ネーム OR なまえ OR 名前
Japanese: オプション OR せってい OR 設定
Japanese: つぎ OR 次
Japanese: おわり OR 終り
So there you have it. While you still may not be in a position to tackle the latest text-heavy 3DS RPG, you can at least spot the vital words in menus and this should hopefully make your import adventures that little bit easier.