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Recommended hacks/translations?
« on: July 25, 2012, 12:56:42 am »
Seeing the Mario Adventure 3 topic led me to look at Mario Adventure. That game looks amazing, but I've never heard anyone talk about it.

So I figured we should have a list of hacks and translations that we would recommend to anyone. Especially useful for newcomers.

Recommend away!

I can't think of too many off the top of my head. But I'd say Tales of Phantasia PSX and Der Langrisser are definitely up there.

Edit: List so far:

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Translations:
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ActRaiser retranslation
Assault Suits Valken
Bahamut Lagoon
Bare Knuckle III
Breath of Fire II retranslation
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
Castlevania III: Legend of the Demon Castle
Der Langrisser
Dicing Knight
Do-Re-Mi Fantasy: Milon's Quest
Dragon Quest I+II/III/V
Dracula X: Gekka no Yasoukyoku
Dual Orb II
Final Fantasy II/III/VI
Fire Emblem/Gaiden/III/IV/V/VI
Front Mission
Front Mission: Gun Hazard
Front Mission 5
Glory of Heracles III
Go Go! Hot Blooded Hockey Club
Hot Blooded Street Basket - Go For It Dunk Heroes
Jump Ultimate Stars
Joy Mech Fight
Kid Dracula
King of Demons
Kunio's Dodge-ball
Kunio's Hot Blooded Soccer League
Live-A-Live
Magical Pop'n
Metal Max Returns
Mother 3
Panel de Pon
Persona 2: Innocent Sin
Photograph Boy
Policenauts
Radical Dreamers
Romancing SaGa 3
Seiken Densetsu 3
Shin Megami Tensei I/II
Star Fox 2
Star Ocean
Super Fire Pro Wrestling X Premium
Sweet Home
Tactics Ogre
Tales of Phantasia SNES/PSX
Tenchi Muyo
The Magical Land of WOZZ
Treasure Hunter G
Treasure of the Rudras
Ys I/II/III/IV

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7th Saga Difficulty Restoration Patch
Chrono Trigger: Prophet's Guile
Dragoon X Omega/II
Final Fantasy IV: Cosmetic Changes 2
Final Fantasy V Ancient Cave
Final Fantasy VI: Stand Guard
Lufia II Fixxer Deluxe
Mario Adventure
Metroid Super Zero Mission
Mortal Kombat II Unlimited
Secret of Mana VWF Edition
Sonic 1 Megamix
Super Mario Unlimited
Super Mario World: Panic in the Mushroom Kingdom 2
Super Mario World: Return to Dinosaur Land
Super Mario World: The Second Reality Project
Super Metroid: Redesign
Warsaw City
Zelda - Parallel Worlds
Zelda 3 - Goddess of Wisdom
Zelda 3 - PuzzleDude's Quest

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Re: Recommended hacks/translations?
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2012, 08:37:33 am »
Tomato (and company)'s Mother 3 translation. DeJap's Bahamut Lagoon translation (well... that last one might be just me).

As for hacks: Anything that doesn't outright kill you in the first level. :(
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2012, 01:34:54 pm »
Warsaw City

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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2012, 02:42:55 pm »
Seiken Densetsu 3 comes to mind.

There are a lot of other ones, though, that aren't ringing any bells.  I'd have mentioned stuff like Dragon Quest VI, Final Fantasy V, and the like, but those have found release over here, finally.  Heck, I'd probably still recommend the original version of FFIII on NES.  I really loved playing through that one, and I knew, even if they didn't change a thing on DS, that I'd enjoy it.

I'll say that Tales was important, even with the...   erm...  liberties they took with some of the translation.  And Mother 3 seriously looks like a professional product.  I couldn't tell the difference between it and an official Nintendo localization.  It's that good.

Also, mine some of Gideon's work!  There's some cool looking stuff there, and almost all of it is very polished.  Especially the redone Live-A-Live patch.
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Re: Recommended hacks/translations?
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2012, 03:17:51 pm »
I appreciate and adore all translation efforts by all teams and members.  But, if I had to recommend one particular effort as my singular favorite, it'd have to be this one.

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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2012, 04:03:49 pm »
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2012, 04:23:27 pm »
Wait.

How could I forget.

Dragoon X Omega. It's practically another game (it's a Dragon Warrior hack!) Basically, you could pretty much imagine it as an 8-bit Fallout. With more aliens. Less mutants. A psychic girl. And... I never beat it. :'( I got far into it, but all I did was basically level grind.

It even has a sequel, which is, ironically, a Final Fantasy hack. Never played this one but it looks just as comprehensive.
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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2012, 04:26:00 pm »
Seconding the Mother 3 translation. It's superb and the game is lots of fun.

Also, Policenauts. The game is really enjoyable, especially if you like visual novels with a good story, and the translation takes it to the next level. The Japanese dialogue is a little bland, but the translator's localization skills alone makes the game worth playing.

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Seiken Densetsu 3 comes to mind.

A note on this. I'm one of the few people who couldn't stand SD3, but it has nothing to do with the translation. SD3 reminded me of SD2 (aka Secret of Mana) but without all of the stuff that made SD2 good.
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« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2012, 04:45:02 pm »
What, no mention of Front Mission 5 and the upcoming FM2 translation yet? Shame on you guys.

Also, Persona 2: Innocent Sin by Gemini and Tom. By far the one I was looking forward to the most at the time it came out, and damn was it worth the wait.

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Re: Recommended hacks/translations?
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2012, 04:51:02 pm »
Hoho! I just remembered- Gemini's Dracula X Gekka no Yasoukyoku (aka Castlevania: Symphony of the Night) translation was pretty nice. But then again, I prefer most Japanese voice-overs (unless it's The Big O or Dragon Ball Z; for some reason, I like the English and Spanish dub respectively).
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« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2012, 04:51:37 pm »
Shame on you Square711 for not recommending Policenauts then.   :P

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« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2012, 04:53:09 pm »
Hey, we can't mention everything.  I appreciate all the efforts of folks out there that have put the time in so I can play games in my native language.  Seriously, thanks to everyone!
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« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2012, 05:23:20 pm »
What, no mention of Front Mission 5 and the upcoming FM2 translation yet? Shame on you guys.
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« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2012, 05:30:11 pm »
An 8-bit Fallout would be more like Wastelands.

Sliver X made a sequel on the FF 1 engine.
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« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2012, 07:32:09 pm »
Yeah, Mario Adventure is great. I know I've recommended it in pretty much every one of these threads I've ever posted in. It seems that this one has gone more in the direction of suggesting great translation products, but I would like to do something a little different by recommending some Super Mario World hacks.

Recently I rediscovered the Super Mario World hack scene, it has been years and years since I have payed any attention to it. Since then, there have been great strides in the amount and depth of modified data and code in these hacks. Also, there has been a tremendous increase in the number and quality of hacking tools, patches, and other resources that the community can use to build hacks for this game. I have been amazed.

Take a look at this page.

I would like to highlight the following:

An SMW Central Production - v1.5 My favorite out of the half-dozen or so that I have tried out so far. Over a hundred people contributed to this hack, it has over 115 unique music tracks, heavily modified, breathtaking graphics, and the level and world design are top-notch. It's a bit hard in places, but it feels quite satisfying to complete.

English Translation of Brutal Mario From a Japanese hacker. An unfinished project that shows off a lot of neat gimmicks and ASM coding tricks. There are better SMW hacks out there, but this one is still cool and part of SMW hacking history.

The Second Reality Project Reloaded A facelift of one of the very first full level hacks of SMW made with Lunar Magic. This version has original music and incredibly beautiful graphics. Apparently there are extra levels that weren't in the original. I almost gave up on it because the early levels seemed bland, but I'm definitely glad I stuck with it long enough to see the greatness of the 85% of the game that I almost missed out on. Exemplary level design.

SMW2+3: The Essence Star Made by Golden Yoshi, who made two excellent hacks of Yoshi's Island. This is part three of the series, and the level of quality is still very high. It has many unique things that you'd never expect to see in a SMW hack. The degree of difficulty is also more comfortable than many SMW hacks seem to be.

Super Mario Bros. 3 X v2.5 It's like Super Mario Bros. 3 from the All-Stars compilation, but yet different. I think the author of this hack has a nice intuition for the art of level design. It was a pleasure to play through. It has an appropriate graphic aesthetic, a variety of music, and numerous ASM goodies.

This thread might help if you are looking for more.

Somehow I feel a bit apprehensive about posting links to that web site here. I hope it's OK. I think if it gets people to see these really nice hacks, it is certainly worth it.

Also, there are just sooo many great hacks, translations, utilities, documents, tutorials, discussions, and data about rom hacks and rom hacking that it is impossible to make a list that does the whole scene justice.

This is all an amazing success story for all the people who have contributed to the romhacking scene over the years.

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« Reply #15 on: July 25, 2012, 08:03:41 pm »
I updated the list up top. The only ones I didn't include were CT:CE and the SMW hacks because they're not hosted on RHDN.

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« Reply #16 on: July 25, 2012, 08:17:29 pm »
Pretty much everything Gideon's done is probably my first reaction.  If we're just talking mainstream, I think everyone already knows about Mother 3 and SD3, etc.

Dicing Knight's a really great game too though, and is a fun little action romp.

I'm still hoping that Energy Breaker and Traverse: Starlight and Prairie get done at some point.

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« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2012, 12:58:51 am »
Updated the list a bit more. Seems I'm getting a lot more translations than hacks.

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« Reply #18 on: July 26, 2012, 08:33:31 am »
Seems I'm getting a lot more translations than hacks.

The only hack I want is an editor for Bionic Commando NES.  That. would. make. my. day.

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Re: Recommended hacks/translations?
« Reply #19 on: July 26, 2012, 08:59:43 am »
The only hack I want is an editor for Bionic Commando NES.  That. would. make. my. day.

I still can't get over the Japanese original's setting. Not sure if hilarious or offending.