Dynamic Designs picked April first for a double Super Famicom games translation release, but no need to worry, this is no April's fool. Add one of the last great JRPGs plus one anime fan favourite brawler to the club of fan translated Super Famicom games.
Originally released by Infinity/Imaginer in 1996, G.O.D: Mezame yoto Yobu Koe ga Kikoe will cleverly trick you with its prologue, making you believe you're playing a sort of tribute to Earthbound. A leisurely summer stroll to your grandmother's house in Hokkaido ends up with the great alien invasion of 1999, taking humanity to the brink of destruction. The game picks up a decade later, you're now part of the underground resistance fighting for mankind's survival. Dark tones indeed for this JRPG, but some lovely fourth wall breaking humour (retained on the translation) and some fantastic plot twists (sorry, no more spoilers from us) make it stand apart from the usual lot of fantasy settings. Since it is a late generation Super Famicom title, presentation is also rather pleasing.
Also released as a bonus and a 'thank you' project to Filler for his contributions to other projects, Dynamic Designs also released a complete English translation for Ranma ½: Chougi Ranbu Hen, the fourth of five games in the series released on the Super Famicom. This was sadly the second game never to be released in the West, a shame since Ranma ½ was extremely popular among fans in the '90's with good reason: The zany cast and goofy situations the main character found himself with his cursed, gender changing body raised the series awareness among Western viewers to the same level as Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball. As such it is nice to finally be able to understand what is going on in yet another one-on-one licensed anime brawler.
Both English translations patches can be used along with the original Super Famicom cartridge on the RetroN 5 or Retro Freak. Any memories of these two games from back in the day? Are you a Ranma ½ fan? Lets us know in the comments below.