Janet Hsu is a localization director that has worked in the video game industry for almost two decades.

Janet chats about the English localization of the Nintendo DS Game Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors by director Kotaro Uchikoshi from Chunshoft. Localization by Aksys Games with translation by Nobara Nakayama and editing by Ben Bateman.


Nine Hours: You only have 9 hours before Junpei and the other 8 kidnapped drown. Numerology, music composition and logic puzzles are just a few of the 32 plus obstacles that stand in the way of their freedom.

Nine Persons: Uncover the mystery surrounding the lives of the 9 captive characters and how their blurry pasts reveal a disturbing future. Help all the characters escape but beware! A wrong decision or careless mistake might put their lives in jeopardy.

Nine Doors: Each hostage is cursed with a digital watch that displays their special number. These numbers are the keys to unlocking the 9 doors. Explore your surrounding for clues to unlock the next door by picking up and examining objects.

You must use everything in your environment and personal experience to get out.

Janet Hsu

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Translation Chat 20 – Janet Hsu chats about Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (999)
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1 year ago

Hello! I was really excited to listen to this interview/chat podcast with one of my favourite Japanese-English translators (Janet Hsu’s dev blogs about the Ace Attorney games are amazing) about one of my favourite games (999), but unlike the other podcast posts, the embed/link seems to be missing.

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8 months ago

This was a great episode! I completely agree with Janet that the modern versions of 999 don’t really do the localization and writing of the original Nintendo DS version justice. This was a fascinating talk and has made me eager to return to the game.

I initially didn’t know there was a 20th episode of the podcast as it seems to be missing on your site ( https://j-entranslations.com/the-translation-chat-podcast/ ), so I wanted to ask if this was the final episode or if there are any newer ones.