Famicom game "Hoshi wo Miru Hito" gets a fan translation

A forgotten dud gets a second chance

23 December 2023
by rawmeatcowboy 0

Some Famicom games were lucky enough to get released around the world, while others never had the chance to leave Japan. Hoshi wo Miru Hito is one of those games, but that situation is being unofficially remedied.

Hoshi wo Miru Hito is a game of dubious quality, which might mean it’s best the title never got localized. Still, some fans want to see every Famicom game get a chance to shine outside of Japan, and that includes Hoshi wo Miru Hito. Those who’ve wanted to give the game a go outside of Japan can now do so through an English fan translation.

This isn’t the first time a fan tried to translate Hoshi wo Miru Hito, as modder KingMike took the project on, only to leave it incomplete. That work has been scooped up by Brandnewscooby, and they saw KingMike’s translation efforts through to the end. This has led to the release of a new patch that offers a full English translation.

Hoshi wo Miru Hito was developed by Another and published by HOT-B, and it’s based on the 1984 videogame Psychic City. The game is a science fiction RPG where players use psychic powers to fight enemies. Critics originally labeled the game as confusing and highly difficult , leading to it getting the nickname “Densetsu no Kusoge,”which translates to “Legendary Crappy Game.” (h/t Wiki)

If you’d like a chance to wade through this infamous Famicom title for yourself, you can get full details on the fan translation here.

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