On May 3, programmer Derek Pascarella announced that they released the 1.0 version of their fan translation patch for Dreamcast game Sakura Wars: Hanagumi Taisen Columns 2. The patch, which was produced with the assistance of lead translator burntends and other members of the Sakura Wars fan community, translates all dialogue and menus, and features new English sprite work for in-game UI elements.
Moreover, the patch includes a custom build of the game’s web browser, which includes active links to all DLC puzzles, a 100% unlocked save file, and a cached version of the Sakura Wars website.
Pascarella released a teaser trailer for the release, which you can check out below.
About Hanagumi Taisen Columns 2
Sakura Wars: Hanagumi Taisen Columns 2 was released on Sega’s Dreamcast console on January 6, 2000. The game, which was published by Sega, features a story set during the events of Sakura Wars 2, sees the members of the Imperial Combat Revue vying for the lead role in their upcoming Shonen Red vs. The Crimson Lizard play. Players assume the role of one of the members of the Flower Division, and challenge other potential challengers to the coveted role of Shonen Red in Columns Duels.
The title featured online play, though service for the mode ended on August 3, 2001. A second, lower-priced release for the game shipped to stores under Sega’s “DriKore” (a portmanteau of “Dreamcast Collection”) budget imprint on May 23, 2002.