I just bought a copy of Super Princess Peach for my Nintendo DS but the game version is Japanese and the seller told me to refund if it's 'not in English'.

Do I really need to read Japanese language to play it? Or is there any way to change it to English Language?

I'm not so much worried about missing out on the story (since I can find a summary on the internet to understand it), but I'm more worried about in-game menus and those kind of things.

  • Define "play" more precisely? – Malady Nov 12 at 19:07
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    @Malady. I'm not the OP, but I'm guessing it all boils down to how much Japanese you're expected to understand in order to progress until the end. I know that "playing" Persona 5 (JP) is pretty much impossible without understanding Japanese. Even if the tutorials at the beginning show the icons of the buttons you need to press, later tutorials explain more complex mechanics, which do not rely on the press of a single button. For instance, I got stuck in the first Palace because I didn't understand I was supposed to backtrack to fight Shadows to find a key. – Nolonar Nov 14 at 16:49
  • @Nolonar - Well, they seem to have edited in "I'm more worried about in-game menus and those kind of things." in response to my comment, it's just that no answer has been helpful for them? – Malady Nov 14 at 19:31

Historically, the three most common regions were US, Europe and Japan. Each game (and the system) would have the respective language options for that region, and games would usually be locked to that region only.

Nowadays, most consoles, including the DS, are not region-locked anymore. Note that digital games might still be locked - such as DSi content. While you can most likely run the game, there might not be language options for your system's language. Simply put, the game cartridge only holds the JP language, just like a European cartridge will often have English, German, French, etc.

If there is not an automatic language switch, or an obvious way to change this in settings, there is very likely not an option to do so. In my experience, a game with multiple language options will prompt you for one on first launch.

This often has to do with different release dates, additional development time, or even exclusive versions to that region. For example, this specific game was released in Japan a few months prior to other regions.

To answer the primary question: typically, games like this (Platformers) are very light on story, if based on one at all. The major issues from language that will arise are instructions, tutorials, text hints and perhaps button prompts. Most of the time, these games should be simple enough to play through without knowing the written language. Even so, with internet and translation tools, it should not provide an insurmountable challenge. You might find some useful information on the Mario Wiki page, describing gameplay elements, extra's and the plot (mind the spoilers, though!).

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    This doesn't answer the question -- your answer boils down to a broad generalization of platformers in general, but doesn't go into any specifics to the game tagged within the question. – senpai Nov 12 at 15:41

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