Technically I’m on vacation, so all you get is a measely little game lingo post today.
This word baffled me for a while when I came upon it during a job. I believe I was translating a game manual, and there weren’t any images in the manual to give me a clue as to what it referred to. I kept reading it “carousel.” That is until I was saved by the power of Google Images. I just popped the fucker into Google and voilà – character selection. The image results from the search are pretty clear – this word refers to the screen in games where you choose your character from all the possible choices. I don’t think there’s a set term for this in English. “Character select screen” or “character selection screen” both seem fine (although the latter sounds a smidge better?), so look for previous usages within the game text.
In Japanese it’s important to be on the lookout for words that have been shortened from longer compounds. Maintain vigilance.
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Haha, I read the exact same thing that you did before I read the explanation.
I didn’t even manage to spot ‘carousel’, never mind ‘character selection screen’ so that’s my katakana skills well and truly affirmed…