Tamagotchi P's English Translation Project

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Tamagotchi P's English Translation Project

Mr.Blinky
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May 2 2014, 12:28 PM #1

I've been exploring and learning about the Tamagotchi P's and started working on this project a while now and thought it was about time to announce it publicly:

I'm working on changing the Tamagotchi P's into English :)

This is a huge project. But luckily I have help with the Japanese translations by year7afrokid so I can focus more on coding and patching.

While exploring the Tamagotchi P's I learned that all of it's program code and data is stored into a single flash memory chip and that it can be reprogrammed. As a matter of fact beeing able to reprogram parts of the flash is an essential for the the Tamagotch P's (and other color tamagotchis) to function. As soon as I found out about this, the idea of changing the Japanese text into English came to mind and added it to my project list and started working on it :)

I had already figured out how to execute code on the Tamagotchi P's using downloads
and using a download would be the most flexible way for everyone to be able to change their P's so this was the way to go. Unfortunately those executable downloads are limited to just 32 kilobytes and the firmware is several megabytes. So multiple download patches will be required to complete the task.
This is actually very convenient as the project will be split up in smaller parts that are completed sooner and can be enjoyed while working on the next part.

I've just compeled the first patch and Those that have a P's with Firmware version 1 can already enjoy it.

Here's a clip of the first patch:

First Patch release clip
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May 2 2014, 12:29 PM #2

TAMAGOTCHI P'S ENGLISH FIRMWARE PATCHES:

Please be aware that these patch make changes to your tamagotchi P's firmware. Read the documentation carefully and run them on your own risk. I'm not responsible if anything goes wrong.

tamagotchi-ps-english-patches.zip (release 4,contains patches 1-3)

Please note:
Currently only firmware version 1 is supported. A patch for firmware version 2 will be included soon.

edit: Grab the final patch from the new English patch website
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May 2 2014, 01:02 PM #3

EP001 PATCH LIST CHANGES

39 graphic changes:
  • bud park entrance background image
  • Status screen hungry meter images
  • Status screen weight age generation images
  • gender images
  • Photo diary year, month and day icon images
  • profile background images
  • comms menu Tamagotchi P's image
  • away/at school/at work/daycare/visit sign images
  • not enough gotchi points message image
  • Tamatomo background image
  • battery low message image
  • enter your birthday message image
  • enter your name message image
  • brightness select background image
  • brightness easter egg background image
  • start mini game go/ready images
  • minigame best score congrats image
  • minigame ok/good/great/excellent score images
  • minigame 2x score coupon image
  • tamamori 50% off coupon image
  • gotchi reform 50% off coupon image
  • part time job flyer image
  • proper heights for I and H characters
Text patches
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  • power on/set time/item full/no room/ status messages
  • gender,zodiac sign texts, profile messages
  • icon background option names
  • almost all menu's are now English
  • almost all option menus are now English
  • oudoors/restaurant/music cafe/gotchi reform/paint/school/tamadepa/tamamori 2 line text baloon intro texts
Code patches
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  • Code patch allowing english character input on name select
  • miscellanous patches for horizontal and vertical text alignment
  • miscellanous patches to allow relocated english texts
Overal
------
1390 patches in 22 banks using 31714 bytes
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Piqutchi
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May 2 2014, 04:30 PM #4

Thank you very much!

Now to get a P's. :rolleyes:
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May 2 2014, 09:36 PM #5

Mr. Blinky, just curious, are these changes permanent? If the P's is reset, does it convert back to Japanese?

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May 3 2014, 12:24 AM #6

-Ra- @ May 2 2014, 11:36 PM wrote: Mr. Blinky, just curious, are these changes permanent? If the P's is reset, does it convert back to Japanese?

Ra,
The changes are made in the firmware flash area. Choosing the reset will not undo the changes. For this reason I have included a restore patch. When you want your P's back to Japanese you just need to run the restore patch.
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May 3 2014, 02:11 AM #7

Just installed, it's working fantastically!! Thanks so much!! Can't wait for future patches :D
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May 3 2014, 11:55 AM #8

I've temporary pulled the download. Because there seems to be a glitch that causes some graphics to be displayed incorrectly.

For those that have already downloaded it please do not run the patch. Please do not run the restore patch either.

for those who have already run the patch please PM me.

The glitch caused some graphics of ecotown, secret base and dream rocket to be displayed incorrectly.

Edit: Patch has been fixed. Striked out obselete text to prevent confusion
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May 4 2014, 02:32 AM #9

OK the patch download is back up and the glitch has been removed :)

To those who ran any of the first patches. You should do the following:
  • Delete all copies of the 1st patch you've downloaded so you can't mixup the files later on (tamagotchi-ps-english-patches.zip, EP001-F1.JPG, RP001-F1.JPG)
  • Download the new zip file and extract it
  • Download FP001-F1.JPG to your Tamagotchi P's and run it.
  • Problem fixed. you're done
If you did run the first version of the restore patch (RP001-F1.JPG) then there's an extra step:
  • You need to run the new english patch EP001-F1.JPG
If you want to return to Japanese:
  • Run the new restore patch RP001-F1.JPG
For those who did not download the first release before:
  • Only run english patch EP001-F1.JPG You do not need to run FP001-F1.JPG
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May 4 2014, 03:13 AM #10

Thank you very much!
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May 4 2014, 05:59 AM #11

Thanks for fixing the glitches so quickly! Everything seems to be working perfectly now :)
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May 5 2014, 02:42 AM #12

This is very cool Mr. blinky!!! You must have worked so hard. The parts where you had to do grafics are really good. :)
Thanks again! I look foward to more of your work :)
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May 5 2014, 11:55 PM #13

Ran the EP patch on my adult and the only menu that I see that didn't change were the clothing/hats menu (aside from downloaded destinations or pierces) WHICH I'm totally COOL with since this is AMAZING WORK, great job btw.
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Takura
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May 6 2014, 08:01 AM #14

Amazing work, simply amazing! I'm astounded.
Feel free to contact me if you two need some (help with the) translation done.

As always, I'll be cheering for you & looking forward to your work. :3
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May 6 2014, 09:09 AM #15

tamagotchi_freak_06 @ May 6 2014, 01:55 AM wrote:Ran the EP patch on my adult and the only menu that I see that didn't change were the clothing/hats menu (aside from downloaded destinations or pierces) WHICH I'm totally COOL with since this is AMAZING WORK, great job btw.
Are you refering to the items? Currently no item names have been translated yet. But they're scheduled for the 2nd patch (EP002) all 132 items have been named now :)

There are still some menu's that are Japanese as I could not include them all in the 1st patch. If you spot any Japanese menu or options menu. Please let me know and the exact way how to navigate there so I can put them on my checklist for the next patch.

There are some options that are fetched externally (deco pierces and downloads) these stay Japanese unless the external source is changed. these are:

Stats screen: select deco pierce Background option
on the door icon menu: deco pierce and download destinations.
on the game menu: deco pierce and download games
on heart menu: P's game menu deco pierce connect play game(s)

I'd like to translate Deco Pierces (can be changed too!) and downloads. But I'm still quite busy with the P's firmware :)

Thanks for the feedback.
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