Hyrule may be a fictional place, but that hasn't stopped Nintendo from piling layer upon layer of detail to make it appear real - and that includes coming up with a unique language and alphabet for the mystical kingdom.
The recent showing of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at E3 gave eagle-eyed fans plenty of scope to translate, and the guys over at Zelda Universe have duly decoded some key words.
While you might be hoping for some deep and meaningful translations here, the stuff decoded so far simply proves that Nintendo has a sense of humour. For example, one of the magical terminals in the game shows the text "Now Loading, do not turn off your...", while the word "goalpoint" floats above a treasure chest.
Expect more stuff to be unearthed as the months roll by.
Didn't they find one that referenced Zerowing's "All your base are belong to us"?
A part of the reason why the fans have been able to translate the Hylian so fast is because on the first version of the E3 site there was Hylian that said "The Legend of Zelda" so that's likely why the translating got a head start :+).
(I will likely try to translate Hylian texts as well in the game and hopefully find some hidden lore).
Also when Link wakes up and walks out the doors that lifts up to the outside says, "shutout".
Nice quality stuff.
Other translations include "it's dangerous to go alone" and "all your base are belong to us"
@ekreig Japanese is decidedly less fun to master than Hylian, though...XD
@Kimite doesn't Twilight Princess HD reveal the entire Hylian alphabet through the stamps, though?
Hmmm..Maybe I should invest some of my time into learning Hylian.
How is any of this funny?
Okay, I CANNOT wait to play this game. On NX of course. It seems like the Wii U version will have a lot of pop-in.
@Porpoise Perhaps it's only funny to people with a sense of humor?
I find it's entirely "direct" and "obvious" labeling pretty funny but it might not have been intended as humor (I hope it was). I do think it both humorous and intentional that the big fantastical magic/technology droplet transfer mechanism has such a mundane and familiar message.
Ha! Love that with the net, you can find out this stuff so quickly.
Gotta love it when folks have fun at work! The now loading made me laugh so hard I got hiccups!
@ShadJV True, but we don't know if Zelda: Breath of the Wild will let us translate in game like with the stamps or to say reveal the letters meaning in-game, but we should at least be able to translate texts from outside the game to say like from a PC, phone, tablet or something else :+).
I know at least I will do my best to translate Hylian texts when I feel for it ^^.
@aaronsullivan If that's the case, the people's sense of humor is highly underdeveloped. "DUNGEON" in the entrance to a dungeon isn't funny, it's obvious. Same for the rest.
@Porpoise No need to insult people for finding a simple thing funny. I didn't find it funny either but you don't see me calling people "Simplistic beings". Don't be so uptight. Humor in it's purest form is being amused by things you aren't expecting, and that is what this is. The humor here can be explained in that you'd think there'd be an intentionally meaningful word or two in these writings, but then it turns out to be something very obvious, like Dungeon on the dungeon or something random, like "now loading" on the magic terminal.
You've probably heard the old joke, "Why did the chicken cross the road?" It's so well known now that it's not funny, and even considered an anti-joke. But originally it WAS funny because you'd expect there to be a silly reason for the chicken to cross the road, since it is being pitched as a joke. Nope, it crossed the road just to get to the other side. What, you were expecting a silly reason? You guessed wrong!
Lighten up, @Porpoise! You seem a little tightly wound! I don't think sense of humor works on a sliding scale of simplistic to sophisticated, myself. There's a little more nuance to it.
@aaronsullivan I don't think you realize that you insulted me first. I do have a sense of humor, but the dev jokes in BotW don't strike it.
And I don't have a sense of humor because I commentated that.
@Porpoise ..THE END IS NEAR
A priest and pastor from the local parishes are standing by the side of the road holding up a sign that reads, "The End is Near! Turn yourself around now before it's too late!" They planned to hold up the sign to each passing car.
"Leave us alone you religious nuts!" yelled the first driver as he sped by. From around the curve they heard screeching tires and a big splash.
"Do you think," said one clergy to the other, "we should just put up a sign that says 'Bridge Out' instead?"
@Porpoise The power of emoticons has failed me. I was just jabbing; seeing if I could get you to crack a smile. Not meant as an insult. I failed. I am sad now.
@aaronsullivan I am equally sorry to have made you sad. I am ashamed of possessing a darkened soul.
@Porpoise Okay, now I'm happy again.
@aaronsullivan Does the emoticon suggest you are joking?
@Porpoise Just that the whole exchange is silly, but I did think twice about it. You, me, clear communication may not be our thing.
"Clear communication may not be out thing."
I wholeheartedly agree. People like us communicate through hand gestures and body language. Talk is too primitive for you and I.
waves hands about while flailing around, mindlessly hitting people
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