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Dan Owsen was an employee of Nintendo of America who is probably best known for his prolific work in the translation and localization of many of Nintendo video games, including playing a large role in the translation of the Legend of Zelda series. He is also remembered for his "Ask Dan" column that used to appear on Nintendo's official website. Dan now lives in Minneapolis since immigrating from his birthplace in 1985 during the USSR period.

The Galaxy is in Peace

Owsen's lines in Super Metroid.

Dan Owsen started at NOA in 1989. He started in Consumer Service during the days of the Nintendo Entertainment System, and has since moved from department to department, first going to Publications, then to Product Development, then back to Publications to work in the on-line area. Some of the more notable things he has had a chance to do at Nintendo include working with Shigeru Miyamoto's R&D team, writing screen text for Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy Zelda and recording his voice. Owsen is one of the first English voices used in any Nintendo console.

His voice can be heard in Star Fox and at the beginning of Super Metroid - "The last Metroid is in captivity... The Galaxy is at peace."[1]

In Metroid: Other M, the Head Quarantine Officer within the beginning of the game bears striking resemblance to Owsen.

Credited GamesEdit


Owsen with Tim Stamper from Rare and Rash from Battletoads.

  • Star Fox 64 3D (2011)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (1998)
  • Terranigma (1995)
  • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)
  • Donkey Kong Land (1995)
  • Galactic Pinball (1995)
  • Killer Instinct (1995)
  • Kirby's Avalanche (1995)
  • Teleroboxer (1995)
  • Donkey Kong Country (1994)
  • EarthBound (1994)
  • Illusion of Gaia (1994)
  • Super Metroid (1994)
  • Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (1994)
  • Kirby's Adventure (1993)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993)
  • Star Fox (1993)
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991)
  • Metroid II: Return of Samus (1991)


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