How Sunsoft’s WiiWare Manga Reader Adds English Subtitles

By Spencer . January 20, 2009 . 9:17am

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Sunsoft’s Digital Manga reader went live on WiiWare and like we mentioned previously it has English text. However, the English text doesn’t appear in Princess Ai’s speech bubbles, it’s shown in subtitles. You can turn on English subtitles in the option menu to read Tokyopop’s version of Princess Ai. Not a perfect solution, but kudos to Sunsoft for even adding an English option which is rare for Japanese releases.

 

When you start reading you have a choice. Either scroll through pages or center in on bits of text by pressing the A button. If you want to read Princess Ai with subtitles you have to go with the centering option. You can still zoom in and out freely with the +/- buttons, but Princess Ai will only show subtitles for text bubbles when you press A to jump around. Readers can flip to the next page by pressing left on the d-pad. Sunsoft preserved the manga feel by having users read Princess AI from right to left.

 

Much to my surprise Princess Ai has an optional background music. There are five tracks and some of them are “Ai-Tunes” like Seraph Serenade and Suicide Ride. There’s a little bonus for fans of the series I just learned about.

 

Images courtesy of Sunsoft.


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