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Title: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: marc_max on October 19, 2019, 05:33:17 am
(https://i.imgur.com/9Qudo2t.png)

Download patch: Alpha v3 (2019-10-25) (https://www.mediafire.com/file/ujohz5x65p4dxcl/dr_mario_dx_alpha3.ips/file)


It's finally looking good. Thanks to Da_GPer for the graphics!


Original post:
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I started yesterday a GB to GBC colorization hack, just for learning purposes. Even if this was a simple hack, it's already a nice improvement. Had to inject NES tiles though.


Can't really decide if this is a WIP or just a PoC. I prefer to start colorizing a bigger game, and do not waste time on this one. Mostly because it's a pain in the ass to hack this one due to being one of the very first titles released on the system. The animated viruses in thelower right corner should be redone, and trying to get a good result with backgrounds could get hard.



I might continue it if someone helps by redrawing those sprites and try to colorize the background tiles (have in mind the GBC limitations!).
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: NiO on October 19, 2019, 07:30:46 am
Dr.Mario is one of my favorite games, Im really glad to see this, it already looks good.

Sadly Im not good at hacking, but I think Im pretty decent at spriting, if its easy for you to provide the images or help with the tiles I could try and help.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: ShadowOne333 on October 19, 2019, 10:06:57 am
This looks absolutely fantastic!
I love how it turned out :)
I'll see if I can do something about the remaining stuff
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: nanashi89 on October 19, 2019, 07:05:11 pm
No matter which ROM I choose to patch, it never looks like the one in the picture...
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: John Enigma on October 19, 2019, 08:07:21 pm
Looks like something Toruzz would do.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: Da_GPer on October 19, 2019, 09:43:59 pm
This looks amazing so far. I say to keep it up. Maybe I can try to see if I can make some sprites for you.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: Miles Tails Power on October 19, 2019, 10:59:32 pm
continue the project Maybe I can try to see if I can make some sprites for you.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: marc_max on October 20, 2019, 02:25:53 am
Any contribution will be welcome :-) Just make sure you follow the GBC limitations:
* sprites have only three colors
* there are 8 background palettes (4 colors each one), any of these can be assigned to each background tile

No matter which ROM I choose to patch, it never looks like the one in the picture...
It should work with any Dr. Mario ROM. If you are using an emulator, make sure it's running in GBC mode.

October 20, 2019, 03:02:42 pm - (Auto Merged - Double Posts are not allowed before 7 days.)
Da_GPer is already redoing the sprite viruses, and they are looking really good :-)


I had an idea for HUD, which involves destroying the original containers, but I don't see any other solution.

(https://i.imgur.com/yBANcEs.png) (https://i.imgur.com/Vdpq5bM.png) (https://i.imgur.com/ym60GFi.png)
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: SuperStarFox on October 20, 2019, 06:09:38 pm
I Made A Mock-Up Just Like This One... You're Welcome To See It!

Link: http://fav.me/dctapv1
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: aml435 on October 20, 2019, 08:33:15 pm
I prefer to start colorizing a bigger game, and do not waste time on this one.

Great work, so far.
When you finish with Dr. Mario, if you decide to move on to other titles, may I suggest Donkey Kong 94?
There's a game that would be great in full color.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: Da_GPer on October 20, 2019, 09:11:47 pm
Great work, so far.
When you finish with Dr. Mario, if you decide to move on to other titles, may I suggest Donkey Kong 94?
There's a game that would be great in full color.

I agree. That game looks great on the Super Game Boy, but on a Game Boy Color, with even more and better colors, it will look fantastic. By the way, on the screenshots you had, I like the first one, but with the black background for Dr. Mario's area that's on the second screenshot. After I finish with the virus and Dr. Mario sprites, I can take a look at the clipboard and bottle colors as well as the water screens with the fish.

EDIT:  I finished up the virus sprites. As for Dr. Mario, I tried to work on remaking him to look more like the NES version, but it just didn't look right, so I just did some very minor changes to the Game Boy sprites and gave it colors that fit the NES version. I think it will look good and fit in properly like this. I did try to give him his stethoscope, but I couldn't make it fit cleanly on the sprite due to the size, so I left it out. I might try again on adding it in though another time. He should be in a white background as that is the only color I can think of that would look best for this sprite. As for the viruses, I am not 100% happy with how the yellow one turned out, but I think it should do just fine. I might go back to it and touch it up, maybe. I also added the pills, tiny viruses, and the blink image when a virus vanishes, which I changed to match the NES version, but colored black to fit the white background. Now, to get started on the clipboard and bottle.

(https://i.imgur.com/lahZvtL.png)

Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: marc_max on October 21, 2019, 11:33:06 am
Good job, looking great so far!


BTW, I managed to keep the clipboard:
(https://i.imgur.com/3tsYbpN.png)
but it's only possible if you use the white color in the checkerboard background (I really liked the green checkerboard though).

Feel free to do any changes, I wouldn't mind having a plain color background if that helps. I could even get accept getting rid of the clipboard. We don't need to keep the original tileset.


There are three games I'd like to colorize: DK94, Kirby 2 and Mega Man V.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: John Enigma on October 21, 2019, 11:38:52 am
Will this hack work on real hardware?

Usually colorization hacks end up being glitchy when played on a Game Boy Color, or a Game Boy flashcart.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: marc_max on October 21, 2019, 05:16:04 pm
Will this hack work on real hardware?

Usually colorization hacks end up being glitchy when played on a Game Boy Color, or a Game Boy flashcart.

It should work exactly as accurate emulators like BGB, so yes.

This is not a GB Colorizer hack, that old tool breaks games literally.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: Da_GPer on October 22, 2019, 06:05:26 am
I just finished working on the game field, which includes the clipboard and bottle. I used the NES tiles to make this except for the very top of the bottle's opening, which was custom made due to there being no sprites for it. I'm not sure if I will make the score area and the high/med/low area black or not. I have also noticed that the score box and the bottle share the same sprites, so I might make the score box the same color as the bottle to save on colors, but I do like the colors I have for it and I also plan on using the colors for the game select screen. I have also been thinking about maybe making the virus and Dr. Mario boxes black as well and see how it would look. I might post compare pics to ask for everyone's opinion for that one. I will say that I am quiet pleased with the results, yet I am not sure if it will work or not. Can marc_max please PM me so I can ask him for some info? Anyways, next is the select screen. ;D

(https://i.imgur.com/QPWobPO.png)

EDIT: I did a little changes to the Dr. Mario sprite, fixing up the hair a little and a small tweak to make it look better. I have also made a black box version of the game field, which has a blue area for the viruses. I would like to get other people's opinion on which would look better.

(https://i.imgur.com/bCR2cfS.png)
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: Miles Tails Power on October 22, 2019, 04:43:00 pm
nes version with previous  :)
https://i.imgur.com/PUC7xyL.png
https://i.imgur.com/d3D3TMp.png
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: SuperStarFox on October 23, 2019, 01:25:35 am
I Like The Blue Area For The Viruses... And I Also Like The Black Area For Mario Since It Reminds Me Of The NES Version.

I'd Also Like It If Somebody Changed The Green Background To The Blue Background From SpongeBob: Atlantis SquarePants.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: marc_max on October 23, 2019, 01:41:31 am
Amazing Da_GPer!

You used five colors in some tiles, but I think I should be able to fix them. I might also change some shades, this is not the NES, we've got 32k colors in GBC!
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: NiO on October 23, 2019, 03:02:02 am
Looking good, and black and blue seems the way to go!
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: Da_GPer on October 23, 2019, 03:54:51 am
OK. Black and blue it is then. Here's the current status so far.

(https://i.imgur.com/iOvadnk.png)
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: Stories8106 on October 23, 2019, 12:44:57 pm
This project looks awesome. I'll be keeping an eye on it for sure.

Do you think eventually you could patch in the title screen music?

 I think this game is a much better fit on the Gameboy, but man that NES title music is so good, and its just silence on the GB.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: marc_max on October 23, 2019, 03:06:31 pm
Injected Da_GPer graphics. Unfortunately, had to cut some tiles since they were not respecting GBC limitations. But still, looking pretty good!
(https://i.imgur.com/9Qudo2t.png)

Alpha v2 patch is in the first post.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: toruzz on October 23, 2019, 03:18:49 pm
Looking fantastic. Keep up the good work!!
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: SuperStarFox on October 23, 2019, 04:41:56 pm
I Played The Alpha Patch On Dr. Mario For The Game Boy/Game Boy Color And When I Played It... This Keeps Happening Even During GamePlay.

Link: https://imgur.com/GDhLmDL

(Yes, I'm Playing This Game On BGB Emulator And It's Running In GBC Mode, But Why Is This Game All Messy?)
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: marc_max on October 23, 2019, 04:45:33 pm
I Played The Alpha Patch On Dr. Mario For The Game Boy/Game Boy Color And When I Played It... This Keeps Happening Even During GamePlay.

Link: https://imgur.com/GDhLmDL

(Yes, I'm Playing This Game On BGB Emulator And It's Running In GBC Mode, But Why Is This Game All Messy?)
What ROM are you using? Base rom must be:
no-intro: Dr. Mario (World) (Rev 1).gb
CRC32: F0225DD0


Does your ROM ends up being 64kb?
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: SuperStarFox on October 23, 2019, 04:56:45 pm
I Might've Used This Rom "Dr. Mario (JU) (V1.0) [!].gb", Sorry About That... But Anyway, Great Job With The Project.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: marc_max on October 23, 2019, 05:10:40 pm
I Might've Used This Rom "Dr. Mario (JU) (V1.0) [!].gb", Sorry About That... But Anyway, Great Job With The Project.
That's the problem then. You must use the v1.1 ROM.

I used v1.1 as the base ROM since it contains a few more levels than the 1.0.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: SuperStarFox on October 23, 2019, 05:24:37 pm
Okay, Thanks For Reminding Me...  :)
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: Da_GPer on October 23, 2019, 09:59:27 pm
What was wrong with the Dr. Mario sprites I made? I thought that it was using the correct three colors. Anyways, I can try redoing parts to make it fit better.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: marc_max on October 24, 2019, 01:15:13 am
What was wrong with the Dr. Mario sprites I made? I thought that it was using the correct three colors. Anyways, I can try redoing parts to make it fit better.
They will be injected, don't worry. I just need to find some free time.

However, since black HUD seems to look better, Dr. Mario sprites must be redone in ROM, switching black and white colors.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: Da_GPer on October 24, 2019, 01:44:45 am
They will be injected, don't worry. I just need to find some free time.

However, since black HUD seems to look better, Dr. Mario sprites must be redone in ROM, switching black and white colors.

Oh. I'm sorry. Anyways, I'll be working on fixing up the bottle and score area as well as other things.

EDIT: I did some really good changes, but I am just waiting for marc_max to give me his opinion on it first before I show everyone else it. I'm sure this one will work in game.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: marc_max on October 24, 2019, 01:30:47 pm
Bad news. I ran out off palettes :laugh:

Dr. Mario sprite will need to stay in white background. It would be definitely possible to fix that, but I do not want to spend much time on this hack.

October 25, 2019, 07:31:11 am - (Auto Merged - Double Posts are not allowed before 7 days.)
Alpha 3 released.

Additions:
To-do:
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: Ramdemann on October 25, 2019, 10:34:59 pm
Amazing Stuff, There is going to come a time when Game Boy Games are no longer in Black & White.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: Special on October 26, 2019, 11:24:21 pm
In 10-20 years, yeah probably.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: Stories8106 on November 05, 2019, 01:59:10 pm
I would like to get into this. Do you have any tutorial / how you started?

Any info would be appreciated.  There's so many games that could use a good colorizing.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: marc_max on November 14, 2019, 11:30:52 am
Still looking for some free time to finish this.

I would like to get into this. Do you have any tutorial / how you started?

Any info would be appreciated.  There's so many games that could use a good colorizing.
It's basically a reverse engineer process.
You need to know how GB and GBC work at low level.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: Miles Tails Power on November 15, 2019, 09:28:03 am
(https://i.imgur.com/srYDcrJ.png)
error in dr mario's palette

Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: ShadowOne333 on November 15, 2019, 10:02:23 am
(https://i.imgur.com/srYDcrJ.png)
error in dr mario's palette
I think that was mentioned before:

Alpha 3 released.

Additions:
  • title screen is now fully colored!
  • fixed pause screen
  • regression!: Dr. Mario sprite palette is wrong
To-do:
  • fix Dr. Mario palette
  • fix multiplayer mode, which is broken right now
  • set correct attributes to game clear popup when clearing all viruses
Also, I think you can make Mario work with that palette if you shift the colours for his overall and his outline, and change the outline color to white instead of brown. It should look something like this:
(https://i.imgur.com/3YGRpyw.png)

It's not ideal, but works with the current limitations.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: Da_GPer on November 15, 2019, 09:25:30 pm
Also, I think you can make Mario work with that palette if you shift the colours for his overall and his outline, and change the outline color to white instead of brown. It should look something like this:
(https://i.imgur.com/3YGRpyw.png)

It's not ideal, but works with the current limitations.

Or he can use my Dr. Mario sprite, which looks good and would work.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: Jorpho on November 16, 2019, 10:58:29 am
I think this game is a much better fit on the Gameboy, but man that NES title music is so good, and its just silence on the GB.
Yup, it would be great if the title screen music could be hacked in, along with the inter-stage music, but that is probably beyond the scope of this project.  (And besides, it's not like anyone spends a lot of time dwelling on the title screen or between stages.)
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: Miles Tails Power on November 16, 2019, 08:16:36 pm
I'll try to fix dr mario's palette :thumbsup:

November 16, 2019, 08:20:58 pm - (Auto Merged - Double Posts are not allowed before 7 days.)
I will follow your advice and change the brown outline to white :thumbsup:
(https://i.imgur.com/3YGRpyw.png)

November 16, 2019, 08:32:31 pm - (Auto Merged - Double Posts are not allowed before 7 days.)
I already finished should I leave the patch here?

Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: SuperStarFox on November 16, 2019, 10:47:06 pm
Yes, You should leave the patch here.
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: Miles Tails Power on November 17, 2019, 05:06:20 pm
Download dr mario patch fixed http://www.mediafire.com/file/80gbxwvuv3e16fi/Dr._Mario_DX_Aplha_3.ips/file

November 19, 2019, 03:09:34 pm - (Auto Merged - Double Posts are not allowed before 7 days.)
(https://i.imgur.com/QPWobPO.png)
I am also working on this sprite

November 19, 2019, 03:22:04 pm - (Auto Merged - Double Posts are not allowed before 7 days.)
(https://i.imgur.com/GXYQCrF.png)
I have finished

November 19, 2019, 03:34:13 pm - (Auto Merged - Double Posts are not allowed before 7 days.)
Download dr mario patch fixed color 2 http://www.mediafire.com/file/asadst007rjdba1/Dr._Mario_DX_Aplha_3_Dr_Mario_Color_2.ips/file
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: SuperStarFox on November 23, 2019, 03:25:25 am
Hey Everybody... I Love Standing Around And Waiting As Much As The Next Guy But... Is There Any Progress On This Game Yet?  :huh:
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: alien nose job on December 06, 2019, 01:33:13 pm
Hey thank you very much for this one, I actually love Dr Mario and prefer the sharp gameboy music over the NES.
Thanks to everybody who participated as it looks really nice.

But, may I ask, would someone be able to fix the multiplayer game feature ?
Its the kind of game I regularly play with my gf and I would love to play this one instead of the  NES.
If not, no worries, I can still play it on NES and SNES :)
Title: Re: Dr. Mario DX
Post by: Stories8106 on December 06, 2019, 05:52:46 pm
marc_max you still alive out there?