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
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:
-with furigana: 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 Inazuma Eleven 2 Kyoui no Shinryakusha Blizzard Inazuma Eleven 3 Sekai e no Chousen Spark Kaitou Rousseau 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 Nintama Rantarou Rekishi Taisen Gettenka: Tenkaichi Battle Royale
-everything in kana: Detective Conan - Kieta Hakase to Machigai Sagashi no To Monster Racers Toobo Metal Fight Beyblade Medarot DS - Kuwagata Ver Elebits - Kai to Zero no Fushigi na Tabi Metal Fight Beyblade Bakushin Susanoh Shuurai! Pokemon(all)
-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
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.
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.
I just want to clarify: I prefer texts with kanji. It's a lot easier to read and I'm not avoiding them. I'm planning on playing games with kanji at the same time. I just need a recap in kana before I start doing sentences and whatnot. I used to be able to read them with no trouble, now I'm really slow and I just need to go over them again (especially katakana.) I just need to pick up a bit of reading speed. I can distinguish parts of the sentence OK, I'm not a complete beginner. Thank you for the help though.
I forgot all about furigana, thanks for reminding me, everyone. I feel silly now. that would probably be a lot easier to read.
Shadeless> Wow! Thanks for that, that's really helpful. Must have taken you ages to go through all of those ROMs.
I started on Dungeons and Dam which is an example of "Normal Japanese Text" (kanji+kana / no furigana). I think the text in this game is too hard for me though.
My username there is the same as here.
...and don't know how to use radicals
How do you use radicals? When typing up transcripts, I usually type in the words I know and draw out the ones I don't using Microsoft IME. Am I supposed to memorize something like Heisig RTK2 (to try to guess the readings)?