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Power Pro Translation Provides English Guides For Storied Japanese Baseball Series Stuck
Posted on March 27, 2013 at 07:50 PM.

Earlier this afternoon, the owners of launched a new sister site,, which offers screen-by-screen translations for Konami's Japanese Power Pros baseball games. English-speaking baseball gamers will now be able to navigate through Power Pros' menus and change key gameplay settings without difficulty, as 95% of the series' text is written in Japanese text and Kanji characters.

The site's first translation guide covers Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2012, which released in July 2012 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable. All three versions can be freely played on American consoles without any issues, as both Sony's hardware and Konami's software lack region protection.

The cost to import Japan's latest Power Pros game ranges from $50 to $80, depending on the system you choose and whether or not you want the slightly newer Ketteiban version, which includes roster and ratings updates for all the game's Nippon Professional Baseball teams. The Vita version can also be downloaded from the Japanese PlayStation Network Store, though the purchase will require either a Japanese credit card or a Japanese PlayStation Network Points Card.

For a cheaper, more user-friendly introduction to the Power Pros series, American gamers might consider MLB Power Pros 2008 for the PlayStation 2 or Nintendo Wii, which can be found for $5 online and was published entirely in English. Only the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii versions of MLB Power Pros are currently available, as Konami removed the third North American version, MLB Bobblehead Pros, from the Xbox Live marketplace at the beginning of 2013 due to poor sales and an expiring MLB license.

Though Konami has only released three Power Pros games ever in North America, the series remains a long-running franchise in Japan, putting out a new game annually since its 1994 debut on the Super Famicon.

For gamers who can't get past Power Pros' cartoon graphics, consider trying out Konami's equally impressive Pro Yakyū Spirits series, which features lifelike graphics and presentation.
# 1 Storm12 @ Mar 27
This is awesome! Do you mind if I post this journal and the site link to mlbppworld? It's a community of MLBPP 07, 08, and Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu fans.
# 2 Spirits Translation @ Mar 28
Don't let the video fool you, hit variety is actually very good in the game. The video will have you believing it's an arcadey home run festival. And Storm I'll pop over to your site and introduce myself.
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