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Smash Bros’ latest assist is a Game Boy gem ⊟

The newest assist trophy — items that allow fighters to summon a video game character to help them in Smash Bros. — is Sable Prince from Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru, or The Frog For Whom the Bell Tolls.

"He transforms into a snake or a frog, and unloads multiple attacks on any opponent he catches. Keep attacking your foes when they’re trapped in his dust cloud."

Longtime readers will remember the title as first-party Game Boy release that never made it outside of Japan. We’ve featured it here several times in the past because it’s super charming, it shares a lot of similarities with The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and it received a fan translation a few years ago — go back and play it!

Boxart image is via Shinju Forest.

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For the Frog the Bell Tolls, the rad Game Boy RPG by Intelligent Systems, is going to be officially re-released on 3DS Virtual Console on Japan. That totally won’t happen here, because the English version only exists as a great fan translation, but it’s worth pointing out if only to remind you guys of the great fan translation!

It’ll be out September 5, along with Kirby’s Pinball Land and Cho Wakusei Senki Meta Fight, known here as Blaster Master! Man, what a killer week. In Japan.

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Gero Gero: For the Frog the Bell Tolls commercial. It’s surprising how often frogs appear in Nintendo games — there’s even a frog suit in Super Mario Bros. 3. JC pointed out that this video actually looks a bit like Rhythm Heaven's “Frog Hop” minigame.

And with all the frogs in Flipnote Studio/Hatena, I wonder why there aren’t any cameos from For the Frog the Bell Tolls in the animation app, like in Link’s Awakening.

Anyway, I must mention once again that an English patch for this Game Boy title released recently, and you should definitely play it if you’re interested at all in offbeat, import Nintendo games. There’s a guest appearance from Mother/Earthbound-creator Shigesato Itoi in it!

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Title screen from For the Frog the Bell Tolls, the recently fantranslated action RPG from Intelligent Systems. As covered earlier in the week, if you’ve an interest at all in Link’s Awakening or Game Boy imports, seek this out!
Select Button forumer L posted this image and described how For the Frog the Bell Tolls captivates you before this title screen even pops up:

"There is an opening crawl before the title screen. It begins with the words ‘Once upon a time, there lived two princes’, and ends with ‘This is the story of their adventure’. Simple storybook phrases, suggesting a humble tale, one untethered to a burdensome canon or greater library of fantasy concepts.
I am reminded of [Auntie Pixelante]’s observation that the Game Boy’s LCD display, encouraging a black-on-white graphical style, and a graphical style based solely on four shades of gray, gives its games an appearance reminiscent of storybook illustrations. 
Moreover, it suggests an interpersonal story — one about two people and their relationship. The majority of single-player games are expected to be the tale of one person — either the player, or the player’s antagonist. It’s uncommon that a single-player game self-describes itself as being about two people. This game, then, has already won my interest before its title appears.”

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Title screen from For the Frog the Bell Tolls, the recently fantranslated action RPG from Intelligent Systems. As covered earlier in the week, if you’ve an interest at all in Link’s Awakening or Game Boy imports, seek this out!

Select Button forumer L posted this image and described how For the Frog the Bell Tolls captivates you before this title screen even pops up:

"There is an opening crawl before the title screen. It begins with the words ‘Once upon a time, there lived two princes’, and ends with ‘This is the story of their adventure’. Simple storybook phrases, suggesting a humble tale, one untethered to a burdensome canon or greater library of fantasy concepts.

I am reminded of [Auntie Pixelante]’s observation that the Game Boy’s LCD display, encouraging a black-on-white graphical style, and a graphical style based solely on four shades of gray, gives its games an appearance reminiscent of storybook illustrations. 

Moreover, it suggests an interpersonal story — one about two people and their relationship. The majority of single-player games are expected to be the tale of one person — either the player, or the player’s antagonist. It’s uncommon that a single-player game self-describes itself as being about two people. This game, then, has already won my interest before its title appears.”

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First nine minutes of For The Frog The Bell Tolls, the Game Boy title best remembered for its unique engine that mixed top-down and sidescrolling perspectives, and was later used for The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.

Along with the perspective switching, you’ll notice a lot of other similarities between For the Frog the Bell Tolls and Link’s Awakening, like the sound effects, inventory management, and even Prince Richard. From what I hear, the story in For the Frog The Bell Tolls is aces, too.

Nearly 20 years after Nintendo released the game in Japan, an English translation is finally available thanks to Ryan Parnas and his team. Download the patch here!

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[Thanks, Justin P!]