The Japanese game Mitsume ga Tooru has been fully translated from native Japanese to both English and Russian language by a group of fans. The whole project can be downloaded as a patch for the original edition.

It is a thing, fan translating digital-games. It sure is a good thing. Especially when it involves MSX and obscure Japanese games. And it's not just that. The new thing is translating and beefing up such a game to higher standards. The same treatment has been given to Mitsume ga Tooru; it's been translated and pimped.

Based on the original manga by Osamu Tezuka and developed and published by Natsume, the game Mitsume ga Tooru: The Three-Eyed One Comes Here was released for MSX computer in April 1989. Although the MSX game wasn't as popular as its successor for the Famicom (NES), also by NATSUME in 1992, it has its own charm and uniqueness. The game has a fairly ambitious storyline and mysterious setting ripped straight from the pages of Tezuka-sensei's manga. "Mitsume ga Tooru: The Three-Eyed One Comes Here" is a real hidden gem, largely unknown by the world outside of Japan and mostly forgotten to time for the last few decades.

The fan-translation project is a great example of bringing old games back to live; it has been fully translated to both English and Russian and updated with features. According to the creators, this translation project was inspired by other notable MSX scene projects that did similar stunts. The update is being released as a patch for the original software.

The freely downloadable game patch includes:

  • An authentic and dynamic translation from Japanese to Russian and English. The initial line length and character storage limitations have been removed, allowing for all the nuances of the dialogue and story to be fully conveyed.
  • The speed at which the text is printed to the screen has been adjusted to account for the larger line length limits, making the experience more comfortable for Russian and English readers.
  • New original fonts have been created just for this project, making use of both uppercase and lowercase characters while also ensuring all text is clean and legible.
  • The original game manual was scanned, restored, and fully translated to the highest possible standards. It can be downloaded as a PDF for your viewing pleasure, or even printed in booklet form for physical perusal on your own time.
  • Some minor bugs and graphical glitches from the original game have been fixed, making this a more polished Mitsume ga Tooru experience than ever before.

Now that's a list to be proud of. It sure gives non-Japanese speaking MSX geeks around the world a chance to finally play this little gem.

More detailed information about the game, the update, the members behind the project and the patch itself can be found at the dedicated web-site for this project. Get your copy of the patch and enjoy the show.

Relevant link: Download Mitsume ga Tooru patch at
Relevant link: Video-footage walkthrough of Mitsume ga Tooru on YouTube

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Comments (8)

By max_iwamoto

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21-04-2021, 20:28

Great Job! Very nice to see attention to detail and all improvements to the game.

By gdx

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22-04-2021, 01:10

Thank you for this translation which seems of quality!

By Randam

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22-04-2021, 06:41

Great job! Well done putting in all the time and effort. It is great to see the love that was put in this translation.

By Pippo

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22-04-2021, 11:21

Very, very good translation and game! Big smile
Real Congratulations to the authors! Smile

By Zandig Slaytanic

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22-04-2021, 14:53

Nice one. Very much appreciated.
A quality release - also the translated manual is a nice touch.

By mesiasmsx

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22-04-2021, 18:26

Thank you very much! Running Naked in a Field of Flowers

By babich

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23-04-2021, 09:21

I mostly lurk but this time I really want to congratulate explicitly. I love Tezuka and i loved the Famicom game, but I always wanted to play the MSX one as it promised to be much deeper. The manual is also a great work. as Natsume motto says, "it's technostasy"!

By Takamichi

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25-04-2021, 10:36

Even the manual is translated, fantastic!