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21 Years Later, This Cult-Basic Sport Is Lastly Playable In English


Cover art for Boku no Natsuyasumi shows Boku riding his bike by the shore.

Picture: Millennium Kitchen / Kotaku

Boku no Natsuyasumi 2, which interprets to My Summer time Trip 2, is the sequel to the chilliness simulation sport, Boku no Natsuyasumi. The sport follows Boku on summer time trip together with his household within the countryside, as he spends his time fishing, amassing stag beetles, and making new buddies. The sport was initially launched in 2002 on the PlayStation 2 however by no means acquired an English translation. That’s till Hilltop, a Canadian YouTuber “on a mission to deliver underappreciated Japanese-only classics to English-speaking audiences” launched an English patch for the sport.

On Wednesday, Hilltop launched a brief video on their YouTube channel asserting the discharge of Boku no Natsuyasumi’s English patch. Hilltop’s patch laboriously interprets 5,000 traces of textual content within the sport, together with its user interface, menus, and item icons. Hilltop gives a obtain hyperlink and directions for putting in the patch within the description of their video.

Hilltop / Millennium Kitchen

“After eleven months of labor, I’m past proud to current the long-awaited English patch for one of the vital particular video games ever to grace the PlayStation 2,” Hilltop wrote on their Patreon. “I wish to thank the remainder of the group for serving to me in making this localization absolutely the highest high quality doable, with no expense spared and never a single nook minimize.”

Within the final two years, Hilltop has additionally launched English variations of the 2002 journey sport Aconcagua, Sq. Enix’s 1999 racing sport Racing Lagoon, and Bandai Namco’s 1998 Dr. Slump action game.

In order for you a complete breakdown of the primary Boku no Natsuyasumi (and have six hours to spare) remember to take a look at Motion Button founder and former Kotaku staffer Tim Rogers’ review of the first Boku no Natsuyasumi on YouTube. Within the meantime, right here’s the place you possibly can check out and support Hilltop’s work.