The nine of you who still visit this blog for some reason may recall that we released a patch for Boku to Nurse no Kenshuu Nisshi about a year and a half ago. We then promptly took down that patch for reasons that could not be disclosed.
But now seems as good a time as any to disclose those reasons, for the sake of posterity—and for eltonan, who’s apparently the only guy on the Internet who’s very curious about the situation. This one’s for you, e-dawg.
You see, when we decided to translate this visual novel, it seemed the perfect candidate for a nice, straightforward translation. Its production quality was decent, but not so decent that it came from a company whose titles were being translated officially. Prekano, and its parent company Giga, were apparently free from the deluge of localizations that was well underway at the time.
Alas, our strategizing was no match for plain bad luck. It turned out that Sol Press was in talks to localize Boku to Nurse no Kenshuu Nisshi—of all titles!
As you may recall, this project was 100% secret until its release, because we sought to avoid all the drama associated with public translation projects
and because surprises are fun. Thus, we released the patch to the world, and Sol Press could only inform us of their localization ambitions after the fact.
Upon learning that Sol Press intended to localize the title, we took the patch down as a courtesy and started communications with them. We figured we might as well sell our patch to them for a reasonable sum that was subject to even further reduction; after all, we weren’t expecting any compensation when we were translating it.
But after a brief period of contact, they ended up never responding to my last message. Then I imagined that their negotiations with Prekano might have broken down due to our patch release. I don’t know if this is actually the case—in fact, it probably isn’t—but regardless, I felt bad, so I didn’t want to bother them further.
And that brings us to today. Why did we decide to make this announcement now? Well, apparently Sol Press is leaving the visual novel scene, and they “currently do not have any plans to pick up more VN licenses,” so we can now say without a doubt that we aren’t stepping on their toes (anymore) with our patch.
And on that note, we might as well put the patch back up, even though it’s already on the Internet. Here you go. Just put the patch in your Boku to Nurse no Kenshuu Nisshi game folder to activate English mode.
If there is any moral to this story, it’s that no fan translation is safe.