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Translation Differences FAQ by Gouki of Borg
Version: 1.0 | Updated: 08/22/2009
Final Fantasy Legend III / SaGa 3: Jikuu no Hasha Translation Differences FAQ By Gouki of Borg Table of Contents: ------------------- I. Introduction II. Version History III. General Differences a. Gameplay changes b. Graphical Changes c. Key terms IV. Name Changes a. Characters b. Character Classes c. Places d. Items e. Units f. Weapons g. Spells h. Armor i. Monsters j. Talents V. Closing Remarks ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- I. Introduction In December 1991, Square released an RPG for the Game Boy titled SaGa 3: Jikuu no Hasha (SaGa 3: Master of Space-Time). SaGa 3 was developed by a different team than its predecessors (Makaitoushi SaGa and SaGa 2: Hihou Densetsu) because the original staff was working on Romancing SaGa for the Super Famicom. As a result, SaGa 3 is something of an odd duck among the Game Boy trilogy, featuring more traditional JRPG gameplay elements. It was not until nearly two years later, in September 1993, that SaGa 3 was released in North America as Final Fantasy Legend III - perhaps due to the game's comparatively poor reception in Japan. It was initially uncertain whether the game would make it to the NA market at all. The more "Final Fantasy-like" gameplay of FFL3, however, caused it to be much better received on this side of the Pacific. In its translation and localization, many interesting changes were made. Of the three Game Boy SaGas, 3 appears to have been changed the most for the North American release. This FAQ will document the many differences. Possibly interesting side note: The team that worked on SaGa 3 later went on to develop Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest. You'll notice some similarities between the two games, such as the inclusion of jumping and push puzzles. Some translations have accompanying notes; do a CTRL+F with the tag following the translation to jump to the corrosponding notes. II. Version History -------------------- Version 1.0 (8/18/09) First release; the FAQ should be complete other than a few uncertain translations. III. General Differences -------------------------- -Because it is possible to write more in less space in the Japanese writing system, item names are written out and there are no icons telling you what type of item it is. a. Gameplay Changes --------------------- -In the original, magic is set up much like it is in Final Fantasy III. There are eight spell levels, and characters can learn up to three spells per level. In the NA version, characters can learn as many spells as you wish. b. Graphical Changes --------------------- -Now this is strange. Several monsters had their sprites changed for the NA version. The trixter-type enemies were originally mechanical clowns, the big-lipped tattlers were demonic, syringe-wielding nurses, and the Loonyguy- types were evil doctors. Common belief is that these were "too scary" for Western audiences. You can see a side-by-side comparison here: http://xb_lim.at.infoseek.co.jp/gbffl3/monsuta-mei.htm -Not technically a graphical change, since her sprite is the same in both versions, but it's worth mentioning that Faye/Nemesis is supposed to be dressed in a nun's habit. This isn't exactly clear until you see her Japanese version manual art. This explains how she's the only one able to draw the holy sword Excalibur. The English version manual, on the other hand, just has her drawn as a generic "sassy amazon". c. Key Terms ----------------- FFL3 SaGa 3 Trans ----- ------ ------ GP KERO Kero Talon SUTESUROSU Steslos Pureland Entity Ijigen no Mizugame Waterjug of Another Dimension Pureland Ijigen Another Dimension Masters Kamigami Gods Mystic Sword Seiken Holy Sword IV. Name Changes ------------------- a. Characters --------------- FFL3 SaGa 3 Trans ----- ------ ------ Arthur DYUUN Dune Curtis PORUNAREFU Polnareff Gloria MIRUFII Milfi Sharon SHIRYUU Sireugh [char1] Myron MERUROOZU Melrose Lara FUREIYA Freya Dion DIOORU Dior Faye NEMESHISU Nemesis Borgin BORAAJIUU Vorlage Elder GIRU Gill Cronos KURONOSU Cronos Granny Oobabasama Grandmother Pulcer PARUSAA Pulsar Eitar EITAARU Eitar Belski BORUFESU Borfes Quacer KUEESAA Quasar Buzi BARUZAI Balzsay Shar SHYARURU Sharl Juba ZUKAUBA Zukauba Masa Masamune Masamune Clamin KURENESU Krennes Jupiah JYUPITAA Jupiter [char1]: I'm not entirely sure how to localize Sharon's original name. I've seen this translation on certain Japanese sites, so strange as it looks I'm going with it for now. b. Character Classes ----------------------- FFL3 SaGa3 Trans ---- ------ ----- Human Ningen Human Mutant ESUPAA Esper Beast Jyuujin Therianthrope Monster MONSUTAA Monster Cyborg SAIBOOGU Cyborg Robot ROBOTTO Robot c. Places ---------------- FFL3 SaGa3 Trans ---- ------ ----- Dharm DAAMU Dharm Elan IREMU Irem/Ilem Lae REI Lei Muu MUU Muu Viper BAIPAA Viper Floatland Fuyuu Tairiku Floating Continent [Floatland Town] YADISU Yadis [plac1] [Eitar's Towm] HAAMITTO Hermit [plac1] Darius DARIUSU Darius Knaya KINAIA Knaya Mt. Hasid HASHIDO Yama Hasid Mountain Talonsburg SUTESUROSU no Chou Steslos Town Zhakal ZAKARION Zakarion Cirrus KURAUDO Cloud Porle POOTORU Portal Donmac KOMANDO no Chou Commando Town [plac1] Mt. Goht GOOTO Yama Goht Mountain [plac1]: These 3 names are not mentioned in-game but are used on a number of Japanese sites, leading me to believe they're official. It's possible that they're used on the Japanese version's in-box game map, though I can't confirm this. d. Items ------------ FFL3 SaGa 3 Trans ----- ------ ------ Cure1 Kizugusuri Salve Cure2 POOSHON Potion Cure3 H POOSHON H(i) Potion Soft Kin no Hari Gold Needle Throat Nodoame Lozenge Eyedrop Megusuri Eyedrop Antedot Gedokuzai Antidote Relax Gin no Hari Silver Needle Awake KOOFII Coffee Relax Tonkachi Hammer Elixir ERIKUSAA Elixer Tent KOTEEJI Cottage [None] DOA Door [item1] Magic Maryoku no Mi Magic Seed Attack Pill Kougeki P Attack P(ill) Defense Pill Bougyo P Defense P(ill) Speed Pill Subayasa P Speed P(ill) Earth Stone Daichi no Ishi Earth Stone Water Stone Mizu no Ishi Water Stone Fire Stone Honoo no Ishi Flame Stone Air Stone Kaze no Ishi Wind Stone Dark Stone Yami no Ishi Darkness Stone Light Stone Hikari no Ishi Light Stone Radar REEDAA Radar Remote RIMOKON Remote Control Rocket ROKETTOBERUTO Rocket Belt Radio Tsuushinki Communicator Tower Key Tou no Kagi Tower Key Chaos Key KAOS no Kagi Chaos Key Ifram Seed IFURAMU no Tane Ifram Seed [None] Aikotoba Password [item1] Tablet Mamono no Mukuro Monster Corpse [item2] [None] Ijigen KEESU Another Dimension Case Katana Tsurugi Sword [item3] Emblem Magatama Magatama [item3] Crystal Kagami Mirror [item3] Metal Chougoukin Super Alloy [item4] Oil Seinaru OIRU Sacrifying Oil Catnip Matatabi Catnip [None] PUROTONIUMU Plutonium [item1]: These are all dummy items that were removed completely from the NA version. Even if you hack them into your inventory, they have no purpose. [item2]: Since Sharl has to study this item in order to break the Gods' hold over the people from the Other Dimension, my best guess is that he would do a necropsy of sorts to figure out how the Gods' magic works. Skygor_II suggests this might be a reference to Lovecraft's Necronomicon. In the NA version, he was just "uncursing a tablet". [item3]: The "Sword" (Ame no Murakumo), the "Mirror" (Mizu no Kagami), and the "Magatama" (a colon-shaped jewel) are Japan's Three Imperial Treasures. [item4]: The "Super Alloy" is a fictitious metal that first appeared in the "Mazinger Z" comic. It was later adopted for a line of die-cast metal robot toys in Japan. e. Units ---------- FFL3 SaGa3 Trans ----- ----- ------ Past Kako WAAPU Past Warp Future Mirai WAAPU Future Warp X-Plane Jikuu WAAPU Space-Time Warp Rover Kudou ENJIN Drive Engine Hover HOBAAENJIN Hover Engine Soar Hikou ENJIN Flight Engine Flushex Jouka MASHIN Purification Machine Berth KAPUSERUHOTERU Capsule Hotel Shield SUTERUSUBARIA Stealth Barrier Cannon Hadou Hou Wave Cannon Missile MEEZAA Hou Maser Cannon Laser TAKION Hou Tachyon Cannon E-Ray MEBIUSU Hou Moebius Cannon [None] WAAPU2 Warp 2 f. Weapons ------------ FFL3 SaGa3 Trans ----- ------ ----- Long Sword RONGUSOODO Long Sword Battle Sword Seiryuu Tou Seiryuu Sword Silver Sword Katana Katana Gold Sword MISURIRUSOODO Mithril Sword Laser Sword RAITOSEEBAA Lightsaber Psi Sword SAIKOSOODO Psycho Sword Defence Sword DIFENDAA Defender Drain Sword BURADDOSOODO Blood Sword Emperor Sword Kusanagi no Ken Kusanagi Sword [weap1] Xcalibr EKUSUKARIBAA Excalibur Durend SOROMONSOODO Solomon Sword [weap2] Masmune Masamune Masamune Muramas MURAMASA Muramasa X-Plane Sword Jikuu no Tsurugi Space-Time Sword Dragon Sword DORAGONSOODO Dragon Sword Sun Sword Haja no Tsurugi Haja Sword [weap3] Adamant Knife ORIHARUKON Orichalcum Psi Knife SAIKODAGAA Psycho Dagger Iron Nunchucks NUNCHAKU Nunchaku Gold Nunchucks Sansetsukon Three-Part Staff Rune Axe Masakari Broadaxe Tomhawk TOMAHOOKU Tomahawk Battle Axe BATORUAKUSU Battle Axe Para Axe GIROCHINAKUSU Guillotine Axe CatClaw NEKO no Tsume Cat Claw Poison Claw FUREDI no Tsume Freddy's Claw [weap4] Petrify Hammer Gennou Bushhammer Gungnir Spear GUNGUNIRU Gungnir White Spear HORIIRANSU Holy Lance Thunder Staff Ikadzuchi no Tsue Thunder Staff X-Plane Staff Jikuu no Tsue Space-Time Staff Gold Staff MISURIRUROODO Mithril Rod Bronze Staff BURONZUROODO Bronze Rod Fire Staff Madoushi no Tsue Wizard's Staff Fast Staff Shakujou Khakkhara [weap5] X-Fire Staff Kenja no Tsue Sage's Staff Wall Staff MEBIUS no Tsue Moebius Staff Razor Whip 2maiba 2-Blade B-Jack Harisen Harisen [weap6] Blitz Whip Dengeki MUCHI Electric Shock Whip Saw CHEENSOO Chainsaw Boomrng BUUMERAN Boomerang Ninja Boomerang Shuriken Shuriken Poison Gun BACHIRUSUGAN Baccilus Gun Magnum 44MAGUNAMU .44 Magnum SMG SABUMASHINGAN Submachine Gun Laser Gun BIIMURAIFURU Beam Rifle Psi Gun SAIKOGAN Psycho Gun Fire Kaenhoushaka Flamethrower Punch Karate CHOPPU Karate Chop Kick DOROPPUKIKKU Drop Kick Headbut Enzuigiri Enzuigiri [weap7] X-Kick AKUSUBONBAA Axe Bomber [weap7] Smother KOBURATUISUTO Cobra Twist [weap7] Kneebut BURENBASUTAA Brain Buster [weap7] Jyudo PAIRUDORAIBA Piledriver Karate Manji Gatame Manji Hold [weap7] Long Bow Yumi Bow Gold Bow MISURIRU no Yumi Mithril Bow Elven Bow KUROSUBOU Crossbow Samurai Bow Yoichi no Yumi Yoichi's Bow TearGas Sairui GASU Tear Gas Star Shoumeidan Flare Nuke Kakubakudan Nuclear Bomb TNT DAINAMAITO Dynamite Grenade Shuryuudan Hand Grenade ATM BAZUUKA Bazooka Missile ROKETTO Hou Rocket Cannon Vulkan BARUKAN Hou Vulcan Cannon Napalm Kaen BIN Molotov Cocktail [weap1]: The Kusanagi Sword was a sword found in the fourth tail of the Yamata no Orochi after it was slain by Susanoo. Originally called the "Ame no Murakumo" (incidentally, the full name of the "Sword" used to forge this weapon in SaGa 3), it is one of Japan's Imperial Treasures. [weap2]: Durend is short for Durendal, a sword that once belonged to Hector of Troy. It was later given to Roland, a paladin of Charlemagne. Solomon's Sword is likely a reference to the Hebrew king. [weap3]: "Haja" is the Buddhist concept of destroying evil and spreading truth. [weap4]: Certainly a reference to Freddy Krueger. [weap5]: A Khakkhara is a ringed staff used by Buddhist monks. The jingling of its rings is meant to scare away dangerous animals or to alert others that there is a monk nearby. It can also be used as a weapon. [weap6]: A harisen is a folding paper fan used as a slapstick in Japanese comedy. B-Jack is short for Blackjack, an easily concealed leather club for self-defense. [weap7]: Most of the techniques are named after professional wrestling moves. -Enzuigiri: Generally, any strike to the back of the head. -Axe Bomber: A crooked-arm clothesline. -Cobra Twist: Also called the Cobra Clutch or Abdominal Stretch, a certain type of submission hold. -Brain Buster: A type of vertical suplex that lands the opponent on their head. -Manji Hold: Another type of submission hold in which the user stretches out the opponent's right arm with both hands. g. Spells ----------- Note: Many of the spells in the Japanese version use Final Fantasy spell- name conventions. I've used the familiar, localized FF names for clarity; Firaga for example would be directly translated as "Figa", and Esuna should really be "S-na" (-na in FF games tends to indicate that it heals that status, and since Esuna heals everything, it would be status-na). I just stuck with the familiar names to keep things simple. FFL3 SaGa3 Trans ---- ----- ----- Cure1 KEARU Cure Shell PUROTESU Protect Aero ARO Aero Spark SUPAAKU Spark Cure2 KEARURA Cura Conf BUREIN Brain Quake KUEIKU Quake Stone SUTOON Stone Cure3 KEARUGA Curaga Fast HEISUTO Haste Weak TORUNEDO Tornado Heal ESUNA Esuna Life REIZU Raise Wall RIFUREKU Reflect Magma MAGUMA Magma White HOORII Holy Ice 1 BURIZADO Blizzard Sleep SURIPURU Sleepel Fire 1 FAIA Fire Venom POIZUN Poison Lit 1 SANDAA Thunder Para PARADI Paradi Ice 2 BURIZAGA Blizzaga Mute SAIRESU Silence Fire 2 FAIGA Firaga Erase IREESU Erase Lit 2 SANDAGA Thundaga Exit TEREPO Teleport Virus BAIO Bio Drain DOREIN Drain Nuke FUREA Flare Fatal DESU Death Dive SAMON Samon Float MUON Muon Pure HYUPUNO Hypno CureA HIIRU Heal Flood HARIKEN Hurricane Morph METAMORU Metamor CureB HIIRAA Heala Wind TAKION Tachyon FireX OORA Aura Cycle DAMIAN Damian Shake METEO Meteor LifeA KAOSU Chaos Exit2 DOGURA Dogra Lit X MEZA Maser LifeB MIROKU Maitreya Flare ASHURA Ashura h. Armor --------- FFL3 SaGa3 Trans ----- ----- ----- Bronze Shield BURONZU no Tate Bronze Shield Silver Shield GOORUDO no Tate Gold Shield Gold Shield MISURIRU no Tate Mithril Shield Speed Shield MEBIUS no Tate Moebius Shield X-Plane Shield Jikuu no Tate Space-Time Shield Dragon Shield DAIYA no Tate Diamond Shield Fire Shield Honoo no Tate Flame Shield Ice Shield AISUSHIIRUDO Ice Shield Diamond Shield DORAGON no Tate Dragon Shield Mirror Shield MIRAASHIIRUDO Mirror Shield Samurai Shield Genji no Tate Genji's Shield Aegis Shield IIJISU no Tate Aegis Shield Bronze Helmet BURONZU Kabuto Bronze Helmet Silver Helmet GOORUDO Kabuto Gold Helmet Gold Helmet MISURIRU Kabuto Mithril Helmet Leather Helmet Kawa no Boushi Leather Hat X-Plane Helmet Jikuu no Kabuto Space-Time Helmet Dragon Helmet DAIYA no Kabuto Diamond Helmet Speed Helmet SAIBAAHERUMU Cyber Helm SandMan Helmet BEREE Bou Beret Hat Diamond Helmet DORAGONHERUMU Dragon Helm Mirror Helmet MIRAAHERUMU Mirror Helm Samurai Helmet Genji no Kabuto Genji's Helmet Hecate Helmet MEBIUSUMASUKU Moebius Mask Leather Armor REZAAAMAA Leather Armor Bronze Armor BURONZUMEIRU Bronze Mail Silver Armor GOORUDOMEIRU Gold Mail Gold Armor MISURIRUMEIRU Mithril Mail Psi Armor SAIKOAAMAA Psycho Armor Fur Armor MINKU no KOOTO Mink Coat Speed Armor SAIBAASUUTSU Cyber Suit Battle Armor BATORUSUUTSU Battle Suit Mage Armor Madoushi no Fuku Wizard's Clothes Dragon Armor DAIYAMEIRU Diamond Mail Diamond Armor DORAGONMEIRU Dragon Mail Mirror Armor MIRAAAMAA Mirror Armor Wizard Armor Kenja no Fuku Sage's Clothes Samurai Armor Genji no Yoroi Genji's Armor Power Armor PAWAADOSUUTSU Powered Suit Light Armor MEBIUS no Fuku Moebius Clothes Leather Glove Kawa no Kote Leather Gauntlet Iron Glove GANTORETTO Gauntlet Silver Glove GOORUDO no Kote Gold Gauntlet Gold Glove MISURIRU Udewa Mithril Bracelet Bronze Glove BURONZU no Kote Bronze Gauntlet Dragon Glove DAIYA no Kote Diamond Gauntlet Diamond Glove DORAGONRISUTO Dragon Wrist Mirror Glove MIRAAGUROOBU Mirror Glove Samurai Glove Genji no Kote Genji's Gauntlet Power Glove MEBIUSU no Kote Moebius Gauntlet Leather Boots SUNIIKAA Sneaker Iron Boots METARUBUUTSU Metal Boots Gold Boots MISURIRU no Kutsu Mithril Shoes Bronze Boots BURONZU no Kutsu Bronze Shoes Speed Boots Koumei no Kutsu Kong Ming's Shoes [arm1] Dragon Boots DAIYA no Geta Diamond Geta Geta Boots SAIBAABUUTSU Cyber Boots Diamond Boots DORAGONBUUTSU Dragon Boots Hecate Boots MIRAABUUTSU Mirror Boots Hermes Boots MEBIUSU no Kutsu Moebius Shoes Scarf SAAKURETTO Circlet Ribbon RIBON Ribbon Bangle ONIKUSURINGU Onyx Ring Armlet Dokuro no Yubiwa Skull Ring Belt BANDANA Bandanna Pendant PENDANTO Pendant Plume KOSAAJU Corsage Brooch BUROOCHI Brooch Earring PIASU Earring Shades SANGURASU Sunglasses Cool Taika MANTO Fireproof Cape Warm Boukan MANTO Arctic Cape [arm1]: AKA Zhuge Liang, Kong Ming was another figure from the Three Kingdoms period. Folklore associates him with Taoism-based magic powers, such as summoning the wind. He is roughly analagous to Merlin. [Credit: Alex Jackson & Niahak] i. Monsters ------------ FFL3 SaGa 3 Trans ---- ------ ----- Fungus WARAIDAKE Poisonous Mushroom Mushroom ASHIDOMASSHU Acid Mush Starfish Doku Hitode Poison Starfish Pentagon PENTAGON Pentagon F-Drake Hi TOKAGE Fire Lizard F-Liz. BARUKAN Vulcan Salamand SARAMANDAA Salamander Raven SHISOCHOU Archeoptryx Amprex SHIIMURUGU Shimurgh Griffon GURIFON Griffin Worm Imomushi Caterpillar LandWorm RANDOUOOMU Land Worm GigaWorm KINGUUOOMU King Worm Turtle Umigame Sea Turtle Adamant ADAMANTAIMAI Adamant Shell Igasaur AAKERON Acheron [mons1] Wisper Onibi Will O'Wisp Fireball HERUUISUPU Hell Wisp Big Eye Oomedama Big Eye Evil Eye IIBURUAI Evil Eye BlackCat Bakeneko Bakeneko [mons2] MummyCat MAMIIKYATTO Mummy Cat Squid YARIIKA Spear Squid Amoeba BEREMUNAITO Belemnite Tire Hi no Kuruma Fire Wheel Wheel Unmei no Wa Wheel of Fortune FireFan Enma Guruma Devil Wheel BabyWyrm YOKURYUU Pterosaur Wyrm Kid RAMUFORINKUSU Ramphoryncus Wyrm PUTERANODON Pteranodon Wolf Teoi OOKAMI Wounded Wolf GreyWolf HAUNDODOGGU Hound Dog Romulus KERUBEROSU Cerberus Ray AbareEI Rayge [mons3] DrainRay BURADDOREI Blood Ray BoltRay BORUTOREI Bolt Ray D. Bone Kaseki Ryuu Fossil Dragon D. Fossil SUKARUREKKUSU Skull Rex Typhoon Kamaitachi Kamaitachi [mons4] Tempest HARIKEEN Hurricane Scorpion SASORI Scorpion Hunter DEZAATOHANTAA Desert Hunter Angler Shinkaigyo Deep-Sea Fish BulbFish DEBIRUANGURAA Devil Angler DualMask SHIROKURO Kamen Black & White Mask EvilMask DESUMASUKU Death Mask Ghost GOOSUTO Ghost Specter SUPEKUTAA Specter Snake Daija Serpent Serpent YAMATANOOROCHI Yamata no Orochi [mons5] Hydra HIDORA Hydra Octopus Odori DAKO Dancing Octopus Ammonite Oumugai Nautilus Kraken KURAAKEN Kraken Baby-D DORAGONPAPII Dragon Puppy Young-D SHIISAAPENTO Sea Serpent Sei-Ryu BURAKKUDORAGON Black Dragon Gargoyle GAAGOIRU Gargoyle Remora BURADDOSAKAA Bloodsucker Garuda PAZUZU Pazuzu Silver KUREEJIIHOOSU Crazy Horse Kelpie SUTARION Stallion Mustang MUSUTANGU Mustang Centaur KENTAUROSU Centaur Nitemare NAITOMEA Nightmare Orc-Orc PIGGUMAN Pig Man Mad Boar OOKU Orc Pirate PAIREETSU Pirate Werepig UOOPIGGU War Pig Viking BAIKINGU Viking Diviner JIPUSHII Gypsy Broomer Uranai Obaba Divining Granny Witch UICCHI Witch Magician NEKUROMANSAA Necromancer Wizard UIZAADO Wizard Sprite BATAFURAI Butterfly Nymph NINFU Nymph Fairy FEARII Faery Pixie PIKUSHII Pixie Sylph SHIRUFU Sylph Medusa HEBI Onna Snake Woman Lamia RAMIA Lamia Naga EKIDONA Echidna Scylla MEDYUUSA Medusa Echidna NAAGA Naga Fish Man Hangyojin Merman Merman MAAMAN Merman Nix NIKUSU Nix Selkie SERUKII Selkie Gill Man OANNESU Oannes Watcher Kanrinin Manager Hermit Kakure Sennin Hermit [mons6] Mage MEIJI Mage Sorceror SOOSARAA Sorcerer Warlock WAAROKKU Warlock Thanos TAKA Musume Hawkgirl Soarx HAAPII Harpy Siren SEIREEN Siren Succubus SAKKYUBASU Succubus Sphinx SUFINKUSU Sphinx Fighter TOKAGE Heishi Lizard Soldier Warrior RIZAADOMAN Lizard Man Liz Man RIZAADONAITO Lizard Knight Liz Duke RIZAADOPURINSU Lizard Prince Liz King RIZAADOKINGU Lizard King SeaMonk Umibouzu Sea Monster SaltMonk SHIIMONKU Sea Monk Brooder ROONMASUTAA Lone Master Big Head SHIIBISHOPPU Sea Bishop Dagon DAGON Dagon Thoth TOOTO Thoth Horus KUNUMU Khnum Familiar REONARUDO Leonardo Fiend SARUGATANASU Sargatanas [mons7] Osiris OSHIRISU Osiris Set SETO Set Loki KUROURII Crowley [mons8] Mephisto MEFISUTO Mephisto Anubis ANUBISU Anubis Aeshma RUKIFERU Lucifer Hooligan Touzoku Thief Thief CHINPIRA Hoodlum Burgler GUREIBUSHIIFU Grave Thief Brigand Shishigashira Lion Mask Outlaw KABUKIMONO Kabukimono [mons9] Quacky Yabuisha Quack Stranger Kirisaki Otoko Cut-Loving Man Imposter INTAAN Intern LoonyGuy OPERANNAA Operanna Cracker MADDODOKUTAA Mad Doctor Soldier Mihari Hei Lookout Soldier Terrorist SORUJAA Soldier Commando KOMANDO Commando HiredGun TERORISUTO Terrorist SS GASUMASUKU Gas Mask Ronin Hagure Bouzu Stray Priest Samurai Komusou Komusou [mons10] Hatamoto Onmitsu Spy Daimyo KIRAAMONKU Killer Monk Shogun ZENPURIISUTO Zen Priest Talker Kangofu Nurse Busybody SUKEBAN Sukeban [mons11] Rumorer Hakui no Tenshi (Doctor's) Gown Angel Tattler KARUTEKUIIN Karte Queen Virago MADDONAASU Mad Nurse Headless DYUUKU Duke Duke BUROKKEN Brocken [mons12] Dullahan DYURAHAN Dullahan Brain HAIPAABUREIN Hyper Brain Removed NOOMAJIIN Norma Jean Orb Rat MAUSU Mouse Tomtom JIIJO Gigio [mons13] Jerrit JERII Jerry [mons13] Maitie MAITII Mighty [mons13] Spectrat MIKKII Mickey [mons13] Flower BIIMUFURAWAA Beam Flower Cosmos AMMUDOKOSUMOSU Armored Cosmos IronRose AIANROOZU Iron Rose Reaper SAIBAARIIPAA Cyber Reaper Cactus KAKUTASU Cactus Guard SUPAIDAA Spider Keeper UOCCHAA Watcher Monitor ZUUMU Zoom Searcher SEKYURITII Security Alert FOOKASU Focus Bazooka Oodzutsu Cannon 75mm Taamayaa Tamaya [mons14] 105mm TSUINHEDDO Twin Head 150mm DABURURANCHAA Double Launcher 210mm KYANONHEDDO Cannon Head Trixter CHINDON Chindon [mons15] Con Man PIERO Clown (Fr.) Beguiler JOOKAA Joker Swindler Kuidaore Kuidaore [mons16] Hustler Yoshimoto Yoshimoto [mons17] AirMaid NIKE Nike IronLady AFURODAI Aphrodite Valkyrie BARUKIRII Valkyrie Iken SHIRUBAAMEIDEN Silver Maiden Venus TORANSUREDI Trance Lady WaterHag SAHAGIN Sahagin Dwelg MOZUMA Mozuma [mons18] Jorgandr YORUMUNGANDO Jormungand Ashura ASHURA Ashura Dogra DOGURA Dogra [mons18] Chaos KAOSU Chaos Maitreya MIROKU Maitreya Fenrir FENRIRU Fenrir Guha BERIARU Belial Dahak PAGOSU Pagos [mons18] Agron BORUBOKKU Volvokk [mons18] Ballor TIIRU Tyr Sol SOORU Sol Xagor RAGUNA Raguna [mons19] [mons1]: Acheron is one of the five rivers in Hades in Greek mythology. [mons2]: Bakeneko, lit. "Ghost Cat", is a prominent creature in Japanese myth. It is generally a cat with supernatural abilities. A cat can become a Bakeneko either by living a long time, growing to a certain size, or being allowed to keep its long tail. [mons3]: AbarEI is a pun; "Abarekurou" is to rage, while "Rei" means "Ray". I thought "Rayge" would be the closest way to capture the intent of the original. [mons4]: Kamaitachi is a spirit in Japanese mythology depicted as three weasels with razor-sharp claws riding on a gust of wind, whirling about and cutting unsuspecting victims' legs. [mons5]: Yamata no Orochi is an eight-headed serpent in Japanese mythology, slain by Susanoo. [mons6]: Hermit basically works; the original translates to "Hidden Sennin", "Sennin" being an immortal Taoist mountain wizard. [mons7]: A Sargatanas demon is a brigadier major of Hell. [Mons8]: Probably a reference to Aleister Crowley, a famed English occultist writer. [mons9]: A kabukimono is the early 17th-century equivalent of the modern Yakuza. They were Edo-period eccentrics who gained the public's attention with their flashy clothes, unusual hairstyles, and weird behavior. [mons10]: A komusou is a begging Zen priest of the Fuke sect. [mons11]: A sukeban is the leader of a female gang/group of delinquent girls. [mons12]: Brocken (and its enemy sprite) is based on Count Brocken from the comic Mazinger Z. [Credit: Zoogelio] [mons13]: Most of the mouse-type monsters are named after animated mice: -Gigio: Apparently a cartoon mouse in Japan; all I have to go on is a DVD cover I found via Google image search. -Jerry: From Tom and Jerry. -Mighty: Mighty Mouse. -Mickey: Mickey Mouse. [mons14]: Tamaya is a Japanese fireworks company dating back to the Edo period. It is customary even today to shout "Tamaya" during a fireworks show. [mons15]: Chindon is a traditional Japanese marching band of sandwich board advertisers. [mons16]: Kuiadore is a mechanical drum-playing clown that stood outside the now-defunct Kuiadore restaurant in Osaka. [mons17]: Yoshimoto is a Japanese comedy corporation. [mons18]: The names of several Gods/Masters appear to be references to monsters from Japanese TV series. [Credit: Zoogelio] -Dogra: Actually from a 1935 surrealist novel. -Mozuma: Henshin Ninja Arashi -Pagos: Ultra Q -Volvok: A 70's series whose name is often garbled by translators? [mons19]: The All Sounds of SaGa OST translates the final boss' name as Laguna; I've translated it as Raguna because a connection to the Norse "Ragnarok" is more likely. j. Talents ----------- FFL3 SaGa 3 Trans ----- ------ ----- Nail Tsume Claw/Nail Tusk Kiba Fang/Tusk Tongue Shita Tongue Horn Tsuno Horn Beak Kuchibashi Beak Tail Shippo Tail Fin Hire Fin Tentacle Shokushu Tentacle Acid Ensaneki Hydrochloric Fluid Sunburst SANBAASUTO Sunburst D-Beam Satsujin BIIMU Killer Beam P-Blast SAIKOBURASUTO Psycho Blast Rocket ROKETTOPANCHI Rocket Punch Drill PAWAADORIRU Power Drill Slicer MEGAKATTAA Mega Cutter SpinCut SUPINBUREEDO Spin Blade Laser RINGUREEZA Ring Laser Beam Hakai Kousen Destruction Beam Punch PANCHI Punch Kick KIKKU Kick Upper APPAA Upper Stab Tsuki Stab Headbut Zutsuki Headbutt WindUp Makitsuki Entwine Crash Noshikakaru Body Press Bash Taiatari Body Blow/Ramming Dive Kyuukouka Dive Breath Hanaiki Nasal Breath/Snort Bite Kamitsuki Bite Sneer Buki Minawari Eerie Smile Dispel Joubutsu Rest in Peace Scream HISUTERII Hysteria Knife Shujutsu Surgery Dash BODIATTAKKU Body Attack LowKick JETTOKIKKU Jet Kick Drop SUKAIATAKKU Sky Attack Freeze AISUBURESU Ice Breath Dance Koroshino no DANSU Murder Dance Tromp PACHIPACHIPANCHI Pop-Pop Punch W-Attack 2kai Kougeki Double Attack 2-Sword 2tou Ryuu 2 Sword Style 2X-Kick DABURUKIKKU Double Kick 2-Tusks 2hon no Kiba 2 Fangs 3-Heads 3tsu no Atama 3 Heads 4-Heads 4tsu no Kubi 4 Heads 6-Arms 6pon no Ude 6 Punch Arms 8-Legs Shokushu8 8 Tentacles Twice 2renpatsu 2 Rapid Fire 6times 6renpatsu 6 Rapid Fire Quake Jishin Quake Squirt Mizu Deppou Squirt Gun Frost Reiki Cold Air Whirl Uzushio Whirling Tides Flame Honoo Flame Burning Sawaru to Yakedo Touch and Burn Glow Honoo no Mai Flame Dance Storm Tatsumaki Tornado Cyclone Daisenpuu Great Whirlwind Thunder Inazuma Thunder Explode Jibaku Explode/Self-Destruct Barrier MEBIUSUBARIA Moebius Barrier Swallow Nomikomu Swallow Dk-Virus Yami no UIRUSU Dark virus Dk-Force Yami no Hadou Dark Wave/Energy Fluid Kuroi Eneki Black Fluid Touch DOREINTACCHI Drain Touch Dissolv Tokasu Melt/Dissolve Absorb Chi wo Suu Blood Suck Drain DOREINAI Drain Eye Remedy Chiryou Medical Treatment Remedy Chuusa Injection X-Powder Shi no Kona Death Powder X-Gaze DESU Nirami Death Gaze X-Flash DESUFURASSHU Death Flash X-Heat Houshanou Radioactivity StonSkin Sawaru to Sekika Touch and Stone StonGaze Sekika Nirami Stone Gaze StoneGas Sekika GASU Stone Gas Petrify GYAGU Kousen Gag Beam Mute Chinmoku Silence Silence Jumon Fuuji Spell Sealing Blind Metsubushi Blinder [skil1] Ink Sumi Ink Flash FURASSHUAI Flash Eye Poison Doku Poison Poison Doku no Kona Poison Powder P-Skin Sawaru to Doku Touch and Poison Gaze Noroi no Me Curse Eye CursSong Noroi no Uta Curse Song ParaSkin Sawaru to MAHI Touch and Paralysis ParaNail MAHI Dzume Paralysis Claw Gaze MAHI Nirami Paralysis Gaze Paralyze Chouonpa Ultrasonic Waves Lullaby Komori Uta Lullaby SpeepGas Nemuri no Kona Sleep Powder Hypnosis Saiminjutsu Hypnosis Sleep ARUFAA Ha Alpha Wave Decoy Yuuwaku Temptation/Seduction Riddle Nazonazo Riddle Charm Nagashime Flirtatious Glance Psych Dengeki Electric Shock Numb Chikara wo Ubau Power Snatch Stench Akushuu Stench Sand Suna Jigoku Sand Hell Blitz SANDAATASUKU Thunder Task Soften AIANNEIRU Iron Nail Multiply Zoushoku Multiply Steal Nusumu Steal Avenge Hangeki Counterattack Counter KAUNTAA Counter Repair MENTENANSU Maintenance Selfix Jokoshuufuku Self-Repair [skil1]: I.e., something like sand thrown in the opponent's eyes to blind them. V. Closing Remarks ----------------------------- Some links I found incredibly useful: http://www.solon.org/cgi-bin/j-e/ Jeffrey's Japanese-English Dictionary Server: This is the best Japanese translation site I've come across on the web so far. I could not have done these translations without it. http://xb_lim.at.infoseek.co.jp/ Pledge of Bahamut: A Japanese site providing a comparison of SaGa and FFL, for Japanese players who are curious about the English version. Its listings of the Japanese names made my job infinitely easier. There are also comparisons for the other two Gameboy SaGas and Seiken Densetsu/ Final Fantasy Adventure. http://www.towerreversed.org/dump Text dumps of item/enemy names for all three Gameboy SaGas, allowing me to check my romanizations and provide quick lists for translation. Questions? Comments? Contributions? E-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org SaGa 3, Final Fantasy Legend III, and all related names are copyright 1991/1993 Squaresoft. This document is copyright 2009 Frank Force, aka Gouki of Borg.