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Posted on Sep 4th 2011 at 12:58:17 AM by (pdrydia)
Posted under NDS, language, french, spanish, japanese, german, italian


Shortly after I was admitted into my college's Spanish program, I changed my DS's language to Spanish. Cuz why not? Then something curious happened: when I loaded up the game I was playing, it loaded in Spanish.

I read the game's manual. I looked over the packaging. I combed through the game's menus. There wasn't a word about the game playing in any language other than English. So, I did what anyone would: I checked to see if it played in any other languages.

And then I checked all my other games...
And I checked the games of my local family and friends...
And I asked distant friends to check their games...

So here's the information that's resulted from that. Cuz learning language is awesome, and learning language while playing your favorite games is more awesome!


Key:
VA = voice-acting
{F} = French is an option
{G} = German is an option
{I} = Italian is an option
{J} = Japanese is an option
{S} = Spanish is an option
{P} = Portuguese is an option
(auto) = to change the language of the game, you must change the DS hardware settings
(menu) = a menu lets you change the language of the game
(code) = pressing buttons in a specific way lets you change the language of the game


  • 100 All-Time Favorites {FS} (menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Advance Wars: Days of Ruin {FS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Arkanoid DS {FGIS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles {FS} (menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Barnyard Blast {FSP} (menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Big Bang Mini {FGIS} (auto + menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day {FS} (menu) - SOURCES: Kreegs, pdRydia
  • Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia {FJ} (code), (menu) - To access the French option: while booting the game, simultaneously hold down L+R+SELECT. This should prompt you with a screen that asks you to select English or Francais. Choose one and then the game continues as normal. The French option ONLY affects text! To access the Japanese option: there is an option to change the VA between E and J under Shanoa's options menu. The Japanese option ONLY affects VA! SOURCES: gamefaqs.com, pdRydia
  • Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin {J} (code) - VA only; text is unaffected. CODE: Press A while holding L at any of the main menu choices. You will hear a VA clip confirming the activation. SOURCES: gamefaqs.com, pdRydia
  • Chrono Trigger DS {F} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Clubhouse Games {FGIS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Color Cross {FS} (auto + menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 {FGIS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen {FS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride {FS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie {FS} (auto) - SOURCES: U.S. packaging, pdRydia
  • Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Sky {FS} (auto) - SOURCES: U.S. packaging, pdRydia
  • Drawn to Life Collection {FS} (auto + menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia, NOTE: This is a compilation, both games will play in French and Spanish.
  • Dream Pinball 3D {FGIS} (menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Easy Piano {FS} (menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Final Fantasy IV DS {FS} (auto) - VA remains in English, but can be turned off. SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift {FS} (menu) - SOURCES: kawaiipikachu, pdRydia
  • Garfield's Nightmare {S} (menu) - SOURCES: Sharecrow
  • Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective {FGIS} (menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn {S} (auto) - SOURCES: U.S. packaging, pdRydia
  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars {FGIS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Guitar Hero: On Tour {F} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure {FGIS} (menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Just In Time Translations {CFGISJ} (menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia, NOTE: C stands for Chinese; you can set the interface language to any of the given languages
  • Kirby Mass Attack {FS} (auto) - SOURCES: U.S. packaging, pdRydia
  • Legend of Kage 2 (The) {FGIS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (The) {FS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (The) {FS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Lock's Quest {F} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Looney Tunes: Cartoon Conductor {FGIS} (menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Lost Magic {FGS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Lunar Knights {S} (menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story {FS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Mario Kart DS {FGIS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes {FS} (menu) - SOURCES: PoisonRamune, pdRydia
  • Mind Quiz: Your Brain Coach {FGIS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • My Weight Loss Coach {FS} (auto, menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Naruto Ninja Destiny {F} (auto) - VA remains in English. SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Ninja Reflex {FGIS} (auto) - VA changes to target language. SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Orcs & Elves {FGIS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Personal Trainer: Math {FS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Picross 3D {FS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Picross DS {FS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Prince of Persia: The Fallen King {FGS} (menu) - SOURCES: PoisonRamune
  • Prism: Light the Way {FGIS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Puyo Pop Fever {J} (menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Puzzle Quest 2 {FS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Puzzle Quest Galactrix {FGIS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Rayman DS {FS} (menu) - VA changes to target language. SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Rubik's World {FS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Scribblenauts {FSP} (menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Shaun White Snowboarding {FS} (menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Sonic Chronicles {FGIS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Sonic Rush {FGIJS} (auto) - VA remains in English and cannot be turned off. SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Sonic Rush Adventure {FGIJS} (auto) - VA remains in English and cannot be turned off. SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Soul Bubbles {FGIS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed {FGIS} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Sudoku Ball Detective {FS} (menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Suikoden Tierkreis  {FS} (code) - CODE: Hold L+R while booting the game. OTHER NOTES: Manual in EF only, no S. SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Super Scribblenauts {FSP} (menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Time Hollow {F} (code) - CODE: Hold L+R while booting the game. SOURCES: enigmaopoeia
  • Touch the Dead {FGIS} (auto + menu) - You are prompted to choose a language upon starting the game. The language pre-selected is based upon your DS settings. SOURCES: pdRydia
  • TouchMaster 3 {F} (auto) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • True Swing Golf {FGIJS} (menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • USA Today Crossword Challenge {S} (menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise {FS} (menu) - SOURCES: pdRydia
  • Zenses Ocean {FS} (code) - SOURCES: U.S. packaging, pdRydia, gamefaqs.com
  • Zenses Rainforest {FS} (code) - CODE: Hold L+R while booting the game. SOURCES: U.S. packaging, pdRydia


And these are the games that have been checked but play only in English:

#:
999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors|
A:
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth | Advance Wars: Dual Strike | Age of Empires: The Age of Kings | Animal Crossing: Wild World | Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney | Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island | Avalon Code |
B:
Bangai-O Spirits | Battleship/Connect Four/Sorry!/Trouble | Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled| Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! | Brain Boost: Gamma Wave | Bust-A-Move DS |
C:
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare | Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow | Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles | Chameleon: To Dye For! | Chibi-Robo! Park Patrol | Children of Mana | Contact | Cooking Mama | Cooking Mama 2 | CrossworDS |
D:
Dark Spire (The) | Death, Jr. and the Science Fair of Doom | Digimon World: Dawn| Digimon World: Dusk | Disgaea DS | Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu | Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 | Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime | Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker |
E:
Eco-Creatures: Save the Forest | Elite Beat Agents | Eragon | Etrian Odyssey II | Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City |
F:
Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales | Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light | Final Fantasy III | Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings | Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon | From the Abyss | Fullmetal Alchemist: Trading Card Game |
G:
Game & Watch Collection 2 | Geometry Wars: Galaxies | Glory of Heracles | Gunpey DS |
H:
Hannah Montana | Harvest Moon DS | Honeycomb Beat | Hoshigami: Ruining Blue Earth Remix | Hotel Dusk: Room 215 |
I:
Igor the Game | Impossible Mission | Infinite Space | Insecticide | Intellivision Lives! |
J:
Jake Hunter Detective Chronicles | Jake Hunter Detective Story: Memories of the Past | Jewel Quest Mysteries |
K:
Kirby Squeak Squad | Kirby: Canvas Curse | Knights in the Nightmare | Korg DS-10 Synthesizer | Kurupoto |
L:
Labyrinth | Legacy of Ys: Books I & II | Legendary Starfy (The) | LOL | Luminous Arc 2 | LUX-PAIN | Luxor: Pharaoh's Challenge |
M:
Magical Starsign | Mah Jong Quest: Expeditions | Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time | Mario Hoops 3 on 3 | Mario Party DS | Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2 | Master of the Monster Lair | Math Blaster in the Prime Adventure | MechAssault: Phantom War | Mega Man Star Force 3: Black Ace | Mega Man ZX | Metal Slug 7 | Meteos | Meteos: Disney Magic | Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt (Demo) | Metroid Prime: Hunters | Metroid Prime: Pinball | Monster Tale | My Virtual Tutor: Reading First to Second Grade | My Word Coach | My World, My Way | Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer |
N:
Namco Museum | Nanostray 2 | Naruto: Ninja Council 3 | Naruto: Path of the Ninja | New Super Mario Bros. | Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends |
O:
Okamiden | Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts |
P:
Personal Trainer: Cooking | Phantasy Star 0 | Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney | Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All | Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations | Pokemon (...Black ...Conquest ...HeartGold ...Pearl ...Platinum ...SoulSilver) | Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of (...Sky ...Time) | Pokemon Ranger (...Shadows of Almia ...Guardian Signs) | Polarium | Populous DS | Princess Debut | Professor Layton and the (...Curious Village ...Diabolical Box ...Unwound Future) | Puchi Puchi Virus | Puzzle Quest |
R:
Ragnarok DS | Resident Evil: Deadly Silence | Retro Game Challenge | Rhythm Heaven | River King: Mystic Valley | Rune Factory (...A Fantasy Harvest Moon ...2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon ...3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon) |
S:
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor | Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey | Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals | Spyro: Shadow Legacy | Star Fox Command | Steal Princess | Steel Horizon| Style Savvy | SudokuMania | Suikoden: Tierkreis | Summon Night: Twin Age | Super Mario 64 DS | Super Princess Peach | Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier |
T:
Tao's Adventure: Curse of the Demon Seal | Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys | Tetris DS | Tokyo Beat Down | Tony Hawk's American Sk8land | Touch Detective | Touch Detective 2 1/2 | TouchMaster | Trace Memory | Trauma Center: Under the Knife | Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 |
U:
Ultimate Puzzle Games: Sudoku Edition |
V:
Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume | Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble! |
W:
Wario: Master of Disguise | WarioWare (...D.I.Y. ...Touched!) | Windy x Windam | A Witch's Tale | WordJong | World Ends With You (The)
Y:
Yoshi Touch & Go | Yoshi's Island DS | Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour | Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2007


(I had help in making these lists.
Thanks to VCF forumers: enigmaopoeia, kawaiipikachu, Kreegs, and PoisonRamune.
Also to the PAX EAST '11 handheld enforcers, for allowing me to slowly test every game available in the handheld lounge at PAX.)

07 Sept 15 - Added to list 1 - Big Bang Mini; Color Cross; Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2; Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride; Drawn to Life Collection; Prism: Light the Way; Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise. Added to list 2 - Chameleon: To Dye For!; Chibi-Robo! Park Patrol; Children of Mana; Game & Watch Collection 2; Intellivision Lives!; Labyrinth; Okamiden; Pokemon Conquest; Pokemon Platinum; Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky; Ragnarok DS; Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon; WarioWare: Touched!
22 Oct 11 - Added 4 titles to English only list - Brain Boost: Gamma Wave; Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time; Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia; Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon. Clarified notes on games whose packaging advertises language options.
Added Suikoden Tierkreis to main list.


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Comments
 
wow, interesting post.
 
Thanks. :]
 
That is pretty interesting.  Weird how they don't advertise it though.
 
@blcklblskt:

To be fair, DQIX and DQVI advertise it, in tiny print, on the back of the packaging (it is written: "Contenu du jeu en franšais." and "Conte˝ido del juego en espanol"). I don't see it advertised on DQIV or DQV, even though I know DQVI plays in both, and I'm pretty certain DQV does as well. It must have been a change in policy.

Also, I can only generalize for games appearing on US store shelves. I wouldn't be surprised if publishers found it profitable to advertise that their games played in French in Canada.
 
Update: Kirby Mass Attack plays in French and Spanish. Of note, its packaging advertises this in the same way that DQ6 and DQ9 do: in tiny print on the back of the packaging. I was looking at Zenses Ocean today, and noticed that it, too, advertises that it plays in English, French, and Spanish (I need to scan that in sometime).

A forumer on VCF informs me that Garfield's Nightmare plays in Spanish.

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