Mashin Hero Wataru Gaiden

Spirit Hero Wataru Gaiden-2

Game Information –

Mashin Hero Wataru Gaiden is a game based on a popular anime series known by the same name minus Gaiden. In this game you play as yourself and you must save Wataru who has been capturedby the evil Dakdar.

The game is fun and interesting in the fact that it is an action game but also has RPG elements that flow very nicely together. The map is overhead view similar to other NES RPG’s of its time while the battles switch over to a side view based screen similar to Zelda 2. It’s too bad it was never brought to the US as I’m confident it could’ve done very well but since we never got the show over here I suppose that makes sense.

You’ll travel the world doing various tasks and trying to locate the Dragon Treasures in order to save Wataru. Each area has its own theme as well as enemies which adds to the overall charm.

Project Information –

This is a hack I started many years ago before I knew much about rom hacking and it never progressed too far. Later after finishing Castle Quest pennywise contacted me and revamped and improved the Castle Quest translation quite a bit while teaching me various rom hacking techniques. With those I began to start hacking Wataru again and got much farther.

I contacted my friend Austin (tkcne) that was living in Japan to help translate the game and due to his prior experience with ASM he began to hack Wataru and helped speed up the process immensely.  There is no way the translation would have been completed without his expertise in the amount of time, nor would it likely be as well done.

There are likely bugs (of course) but we have tried to catch them all. If you come across any please contact me at and we will likely release an additional patch once enough bugs have been found. Of course any game breaking bugs will be fixed immediately but there shouldn’t be any.

Credits – 

Hacking – tkcne, Hubz

Additional Hacking Assitance – pennywise

Title Screen Hack – Zynk Oxhyde

Translation – tkcne

Beta Testing – Zynk Oxhyde, Pikachumanson

Screenshots –

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Files and Instructions on How to Patch –

You can download a zip of the patch below –

Mashin Hero Wataru Translation Patch V1.0

To apply it you’ll need the original Japanese ROM which I can’t provide but you can Google for it here.

You’ll also need and IPS Patching Program, I like Lunar IPS which you can download by clicking here.

And lastly you’ll need an emulator. I recommend this one.

Other Stuff –

Here’s included high quality scans of the box, box back, and guide. Could be useful if you want to create a custom label of sorts for a repro cart of the game. Feel free to make me one 😉

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8 Responses to “Mashin Hero Wataru Gaiden”

  1. […] de traducción para poder traducir Mashin Hero Wataru Gaiden al inglés puedes descargarlo en la web de de Spooky Tornado y debe ser aplicado a una ROM japonesa, que recordemos, se llama Majin Eiyuu Den Wataru […]

  2. […] retard en relayant d’un coup trois patches de traduction parus sur ROMHacking. Le premier est Mashin Hero Wataru Gaiden (lien ROMHacking), un action-RPG signé Westone et paru en 1989 sur Famicom. Mêlant vue du dessus […]

  3. yay thank you this game is awesome!! Silly question, how do you use magic in this game? I can’t seem to figure it out 😦

    • I can’t remember off hand but when you’re in the overworld screen you can press either A or B or Start or Select and it should bring up a menu where you can select magic. Not all spells are usable in the overworld though. Battles it is something similiar. Just try pressing those buttons and it should pop up in one of them.

  4. This is good stuff–reminds me of Dragon Warrior !. Thanks for sharing–maybe you guys could tranlate and post the manual?

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