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Eat your leafy greens

posted by taizou @ 2020-08-03 01:43:50 Dumps

Got another YJencrypted GBA cart here, and it's not a Sintax game!! Yeah!!

Pokémon: Pokemon: Pokémon: Leaf Green!? You guessed it (maybe (or maybe you saw the screenshots I tweeted)) - it's another bootleg translation!

This is a weird one for sure! They seem to have taken things like names, and parts of the system text, from the official games - meaning a lot of things are more correct (albeit abbreviated) than you'd find in other bootleg translations, except for the cases where they inevitably pasted the wrong name in the wrong place. The dialogue was mostly translated from scratch, and the writing would have been okay, by the standards of these things, if not for one very strange flaw: half of the text in the game just... cuts off, mid-sentence, and sometimes even mid-word. It's as if they completed the translated script, realised too late that they didn't have enough space to insert it into the ROM, and then just indiscriminately trimmed the strings down to cram them in. It makes for some interesting dialogue.

The original cart seems to use a 128KB SRAM chip, which nothing emulates; it's similar to Pokemon Sapphire's problem, except doubly so, since it seems to use some custom banking and there aren't any emulators that "accidentally" emulate it, unlike Sapphire's 64KB SRAM. So that means you will not be able to save your game normally under emulation in any current emulators, and will have to use savestates instead. Sorry about that.

Pokemon - Leaf Green (Unl) (Eng) [YJ restored].zip



1posted by SuperfishMEMZ @ 2020-08-03 01:50:33

Well Done! I hope mGBA can support the SRAM chip!

2posted by taizou @ 2020-08-03 01:52:13

currently it can't, it probably depends on me adding support for it since i'm the one with the cart

3posted by anewkindofscience@yahoo.com @ 2020-08-03 03:46:07

That’s pretty cool. I once saw a box that resembled that cart’s sticker, but the cart that went with it had a German flag on it, and the seller said it was in German

4posted by taizou @ 2020-08-03 04:08:33

Oh that's cool, so maybe they made a German translation too...

5posted by taizou @ 2020-08-04 09:22:50

this also got dumped by andwhyisit in 2009, it's available in patch form here: https://forum.telefang.net/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=1013
thanks to Sanqui for the heads up on that one, i had no idea!

6posted by guyzis @ 2020-08-08 17:29:52

What codes did you overwrite from the Nintendo logo? Just out of curiosity

7posted by anewkindofscience@yahoo.com @ 2020-08-10 17:24:20

I've noticed that there have been a lot of pirate carts for the gba that have IDs starting with E6 or E12. I was wondering if you knew if there was a major manufacturer of those, or if it is just coincidence that they have similar IDs

8posted by taizou @ 2020-08-10 20:16:00

@guyzis 90 AE 05 45 59 4A

@anewkindofscience - It's almost certainly the same manufacturer, yeah. I don't know the manufacturer's name though.

9posted by SuperfishMEMZ @ 2020-08-12 08:24:18

Two dumb questions:
1. yySintax told me that he sold you a James Bond 007 cartridge. When will you dump and release it?
2. Will you merge your Neo Fuji dumps into this site?

10posted by SuperfishMEMZ @ 2020-08-12 10:57:29

<del>3. When do you usually be active on the internet?</del>

11posted by taizou @ 2020-08-13 02:20:26

1. i don't know, but i will

2. maybe. they aren't very significant though, just an existing homebrew game and a hacked pirate copy.. but maybe

3. all the time

12posted by Extreme Wreck 2000 @ 2020-08-16 05:41:52

S W E A R I N G I N A P O K E M O N G A M E ?

I'm sold.

13posted by taizou @ 2020-08-16 23:06:20

You should try the bootleg Crystal translation if you want some real filth

14posted by Luxter77 @ 2020-12-18 06:00:21

I love Pokémon scuffed green

15posted by anewkindofscience@yahoo.com @ 2021-02-14 03:10:24

Turns out there is another different leaf green bootleg translation


16posted by ekardon @ 2022-04-21 23:35:03

i have this cartridge, unfortunately though it freezes/restarts when i try to select the first pokemon. i was looking for a rom to play it on emulator. luckily i got your post! thanks for the dump. i wish that it could be saved normally without savestates. btw, here is a link to the chinese version https://chinesetranslationsandromhacks.blogspot.com/2018/02/gba-pokemon-leafgreen-old.html