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Full List of NEO GEO Pocket games with dual language support

by Betagam7 Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:43 pm

Recently as my collection has grown I've come to realise that certain NGPC games support dual language mode and depending on whether the console is set to English or Japanese will display in that language. This is particularly interesting to me given that several Japanese only games as well as Japanese versions of some of the more expensive Western releases can be played in fully translated English. As I was looking into this in more detail I came across what I think is a list of all games that support this feature. As I've seen questions about this on here before I'm reproducing it below in the hope it can help others.

People who are not necessarily interested in collecting western releases but just want to try the games might find this very useful as Japanese carts are a lot cheaper to obtain. I'll definitely be picking up Japanese versions of some of the more obscure western releases now that I know I can enjoy them in full English.

Black and White games supporting dual language mode:

Baseball Stars - 10/1998 - Sports (Baseball) - Dual Language
Pocket Tennis - 1998 JP / 1999 EU - Sports (Tennis) - Dual Language
The King of Fighters R-1 - 1998 JP / 1999 EU - Fighting - Dual Language
Samurai Shodown! - 1998 JP / 1999 EU - Fighting - Dual Language
NeoGeo Cup '98 Plus - 1998 - Sports (Soccer) - Dual Language

Color and Black and White mode games supporting dual language

NeoGeo Cup '98 Plus Color - 4/1999; 10/1999 (EU) - Sports - Dual Language
Neo Turf Masters - 7/1999 (US/JP); 10/1999 (EU) - Sports - Dual Language
Crush Roller Pocket - 4/1999 - Arcade Action - Dual Language
The King of Fighters R-2 - 3 and 4/1999 (JP/US) - Fighting - Dual Language
Bust-A-Move Pocket (aka Puzzle Bobble Mini) - 3 and 4/1999 (JP/US) - Puzzle - Two versions, US and EU/JP. Both are in English, only the title changes.
Pocket Tennis Color - 3 and 4/1999 (JP/US); 10/1999 (EU) - Sports - Dual Language
Samurai Shodown! 2 - 4 and 6/1999 (US/JP) - Fighting - Dual Language
Baseball Stars Color - 5/1999 - Sports - Dual Language
Fatal Fury: First Contact - 5/1999 - Fighting - Dual Language
Metal Slug: 1st Mission - 5/1999 (JP); 1999 (US/EU) - Platform/Action - Dual Language
Pac-Man - 7/1999 (US); 8/1999 (JP); 10/1999 (EU) - Arcade Action - Single Release (all identical)
Puyo Pop - 7/1999 (JP); 9/1999 (US); 11/1999 (EU) - Puzzle - Dual Language
Dark Arms: Beast Busters - 10 and 11/1999 (JP/US) - Action/RPG - Dual Language
Shanghai Mini - 7/1999 (JP date); 2000 (US/EU) - Puzzle - Dual Language
Pocket Reversi - 1/2000 (JP), 2000 (EU) - Dual Language.

Color Only games with dual language support

SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millenium - 11/1999 (US); 12/1999 (JP); 1999 (EU) - Dual Language
Sonic Pocket Adventure - 12/1999 (US); 2000 (EU); 5/2000 (JP) (Sega) - Platformer - Dual Language
Metal Slug: 2nd Mission - 3/2000 (JP); 5/2000 (US); 4/2000 (EU) - Platform/Action - Dual Language
Cool Boarders Pocket - 2/2000 (UEP Systems) - Isometric Platform/Action with touches of Racing - Dual Language. As with many of these the European version is uncommon.
Dynamite Slugger - 5/2000 (JP); 2000 (EU) - Sports (Baseball) - Dual Language. European version is very rare.

Japan only releases with dual language support

Delta Warp - 8/2000 (Iosys) - puzzle game, mostly in English on any system.
Big Bang Pro Wrestling - 11/2000 - wrestling - Dual Language. Yes, it has a full English text option.
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Re: Full List of NEO GEO Pocket games with dual language sup

by Anapan Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:19 pm

Oh Sweet! I didn't know iosys made a NGP game - it looks really cool too.
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Re: Full List of NEO GEO Pocket games with dual language sup

by Purkeynator Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:23 pm

Great idea, thanks for this thread!
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Re: Full List of NEO GEO Pocket games with dual language sup

by Betagam7 Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:11 am

Anapan wrote:Oh Sweet! I didn't know iosys made a NGP game - it looks really cool too.


I ordered it. Hopefully it arrives before I head back to China. :D

I'll let you know how it is. I like how the story is written in English on the cover too. :)

From what I can see it's one of those titles that is just in English to give it a sort of cool appeal in Japan rather than a true dual language mode.

Purkeynator wrote:Great idea, thanks for this thread!


No problem. I just stole it from a thread on another forum and cut it down for relevancy. :lol:

It's slightly incomplete at the moment as I haven't been able to verify whether the Aruze Casino series runs in dual language or not. I believe every other game is covered though.

I want to try and get a hold of Samurai Spirits 1 as I just found out its not the same game as the colour game Samurai Shodown 2!, wheras many of the black and white games are just monochrome versions of their colour equivilents.

The Japanese B&W games are hundreds of £ cheaper than the rare PAL releases. It's also worth pointing out that sometimes extra content can be unlocked by switching your system to Japanese. I've heard, for example that Match of the Millennium has blood in it in Japanese but not in English.

My link cable is coming in the next few days so I'll be interested to test if black and white games link up with their colour ports.
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