Japan-Only E.V.O.: Search for Eden Predecessor Now Fully Translated, via Fans

Most people don’t know the Super Nintendo classic E.V.O. Search for Eden has a predecessor, because it never made it out of Japan.

Released back in 1990 for the PC-98, E.V.O.: The Theory of Evolution (or 46億年物語THE進化論, 46 Okunen Monogatari: The Shinkaron in Japanese) was a game developed by Almanic Corporation and published by Enix.

Now, the team at 46 OkuMen have fully translated the game. Featured above, you can view a trailer for the fan translation.

The game is a turn-based RPG where you get to choose in which path you evolve your creature, as opposed to the Super Famicom successor that featured a more action-focused combat system.

Gameplay was captured with Neko Project II, but if you’re looking to go hardcore you can even play the translation on actual PC-98 hardware.

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  • Anon_Amous

    This is fantastic! Time to check it out.

  • TT

    god E.V.O. was such an amazing game. I wish they’d put it on the eshop or something

  • Chocolate ISISCream

    This is amazing news. EVO was an excellent game, definitely going to try this out.

  • Chocolate ISISCream

    Uh, when has PC-98 software ever been on VC?

  • Warrior90

    He must be talking about the SNES E.V.O.
    I hope.

  • Chocolate ISISCream

    The only quintet game on VC is Actraiser huh? I thought at least Soul Blazer and Illusion of Gaia were in, welp.

  • grgspunk

    >Gameplay was captured with Neko Project II

    God-fucking-dammit. Do you have any idea how much of a pain in the ass it is to configure NP2 so it’ll actually play games properly? It was a nightmare trying to optimize it so I can play the PC-98 Touhou games with their respective translation patches without significant slowdown issues.

    Fuck, man. Hasn’t anyone ever heard of T-98 Next?

  • TT

    I was actually

  • TT