The Language of Animal Crossing

The Villagers in Animal Crossing sound different in Japanese and English, which is wild because they’re supposed to speak nonsense. So why does Nintendo dub Animalese? The answer lies in the history of voice synthesization in video games.

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JM has been the publishing editor of J-pop News since 2015. He has covered the pop culture entertainment scene since the 80's when he published fanzines for Doctor Who and Quantum Leap. He is an avid fan of all things J-pop.