I was wondering if any of you could recommend me some video games without kanji, for either DS, GBC/A or SNES. I'm planning on playing Earthbound again in Japanese. I also know the pokemon games are in kana but I don't want to play them again for awhile.
Additionally, what are some good games without too many complex kanji? Thank you (:
The GBA versions of FF4, 5 and 6 have the option to play with the text in hiragana.
I think Paper Mario doesn't have too many kanji, you could try that.
I honestly think reading in hiragana is a chore though, especially for a beginner actually, the kanji helps as a visual aid for the words and their division; besides, most vocabulary you learn in hiragana, you'll eventually have to learn the kanji for it XD
Professor Layton has 'friendly' versions that have furigana. I'm actually playing the new 3DS one and it has it, too, even though it doesn't say 'friendly' on it.
I've had a couple puzzles that I really couldn't understand without looking up a lot of words, but I've solved about 20 so far un-aided.
The SNES version of FFIV is also all in kana, in addition to the GBA option. I remember giving up on it because I found it impossible to read all in kana. I was pretty n00b back then though.
The Pokemon series are all kana. Though I must say, kanji versions are much easier to work with. You shouldn't focus on kana too much, only if you're looking for ways in increasing your kana reading speed.
I was wondering the same thing a while ago, so I downloaded and tested few hundred NDS roms before buying some games.
Here's the list of games:
Bleach Ds 2nd
Bleach DS Souten ni Kakeru Unmei
Dragon Quest IX - Guard of the Starry Night
Ganbare Goemon - Toukai Douchuu
Habu Yoshiharu Shougi de Kitaeru - Ketsudanryoku
Inazuma Eleven 2 Kyoui no Shinryakusha Blizzard
Inazuma Eleven 3 Sekai e no Chousen Spark
Keshikasu-kun Battle Castival
Layton Kyouju to Akuma no Hako
Layton Kyouju to Fushigi na Machi
SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors Shin Mirisha Taisen
Sloane to MacHale no Nazo no Story
Sloane to MacHale no Nazo no Story 2
Tago Akira no Atama no Taisou Dai 1-Shuu
Tago Akira no Atama no Taisou Dai 2-Shuu Ginga Nazotoki Adventure
Tago Akira no Atama no Taisou Dai-3-Shuu - Fushigi no Kuni no Nazotoki Otogibanashi
Tago Akira no Atama no Taisou Dai-4-Shuu - Time Machine no Nazotoki Daibouken
The Legend of Zelda - Mugen no Sunadokei
Zelda no Densetsu Daichi no Kiteki
Do-Konjou Shougakussei: Bon Bita
Ni no Kuni
Rekishi Taisen Gettenka: Tenkaichi Battle Royale
-everything in kana:
Detective Conan - Kieta Hakase to Machigai Sagashi no To
Metal Fight Beyblade
Medarot DS - Kuwagata Ver
Elebits - Kai to Zero no Fushigi na Tabi
Metal Fight Beyblade Bakushin Susanoh Shuurai!
-with kanji but a lot of audio:
Spectral Force Genesis
Gensou Suikoden Tierkreis
Luminous Arc 3-Eyes
Shining Force - Feather
Summon Night X-Tears Crown
Summon Night Twin Edge Serireitachi No Kyoumei
Edited: 2011-04-13, 9:49 am
I know it seems like kanji are a big stumbling block, but I don't think you actually want this. No kanji actually has a way of making sentences harder to read because of all the homophones that exist in the Japanese language, and the difficulty of sussing out word boundaries.
Games that use full hiragana are generally games for children who already understand spoken language. If you do not already understand spoken Japanese language then you are going to have lots of trouble with hiragana-only games.
I would highly suggest going for games like Zelda or Layton that have options to give you furigana. That's going to be most helpful. You'll be able to easily look up words based on furigana, and you'll start learning some kanji along the way. You'll also more easily be able to figure out where the word boundaries are based on the kanji.
Edited: 2011-03-10, 12:19 am
anything on the famicom should have kana only. like zelda 2 or dragon quest 3 or something.
but i agree with erlog, what's so bad about kanji?
unless you look up every word and don't know how to use radicals, kanji can only benefit you.
otherwise, especially for a beginner, it is very difficult to separate words out and look them up. pronouncing them doesn't do you much good if you don't know where the verb is or what the particles are.
ahhhh, i see
yeah, i would avoid famicom games then, since they sometimes use a lot of hiragana when they should be using katakana. or maybe vice versa... which could be a good thing.
Yeah, I should have clarified in my first post, really.
Hmm... I'll probably give the famicon games a miss then :p I can imagine getting confused with them. Thanks
I wish EarthBound had kanji. =\