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Just a thought about the N64 Zeldas.

The D-pad is under utilized. I'm pretty sure it's been done in hacks but never the vanilla games themselves, how about assigning the boots to the D-pad in OoT and the transformation masks in MM?

Also, a few years ago there was a bunch of .ips patches to disable Anti Aliasing in N64 games (de-blur) patches. I feel it would be a good thing if they could somehow be archived here

Yeah, I saw that hack for the Famicom version also, I kind of wish I could smoosh romhacks together

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Wolfenstein3D - SNES Uncut hack
« on: September 30, 2018, 09:12:18 pm »
Oh, good I'm glad it isn't abandoned.  I'm looking forward to this

Now that the beta for Michael Jackson's Moonwalker has been dumped, can it's "Thriller" BGM be put into the final version?

Personal Projects / Re: Metal Gear MSX + Style [NES]
« on: August 06, 2018, 03:53:28 pm »
Another odd thing about the NES version is that it begins with four men parachuting, one of them is Snake.  The three others... I don't think are even in the game after that.

Maybe it would be a good idea to edit out the other three somehow?

Personal Projects / Re: Metal Gear MSX + Style [NES]
« on: August 05, 2018, 03:21:25 pm »
This is great, I'm glad you took this on.

(My comments)

I know the Konami logo isn't in the MSX version, I kind of like it though.  I looked at the different title screens for the NES/FC versions and I like the Famicom title screen the best.  Then again anything is an improvement to the cluttered mess we got.  Is there a way to make the title screen stay longer before the demo starts?

"The Cutting Room Floor" mentions something about the flash light having the wrong tile on the bottom right.  My untrained eyes don't see it though.  It was correct in the Famicom version but somehow got borked for the NES.

It also mentions something about unused double explanation point alerts which I thought was interesting

I look forward to seeing how this turns out

I have no talent in programming, but I have a few good ideas/requests:

1. Jeopardy 25th Anniversary Edition: Hack to add new questions/answers into this old NES game
2. Wheel of Fortune: Hack to add new puzzles into this old game
3. Mega Man: Add Oil Man and Time Man into Mega Man 1, with no other changes
4. Mega Man 9 and 10 as NES ROMs
5. Mega Man Ultimate: All boss levels from MM 1-6 with all the powers (slide, power up megabuster, etc) and Rush modes available; if possible, add 8-way weapon firing for all weapons, not just metal man's weapon.  And special mode to halve enemy weapon strength and double mega buster strength.
6. Megaman X 1-4: as NES ROMs
7. Super Mario Land 2: colorized as an NES ROM
8. GB Megaman games colorized and as NES ROMs
9. SMB with Mario 2, Mario 3, Mario Land 2 graphics
10. Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening as an NES ROM
11. Legend of Zelda, Zelda II, and Link's Awakening with SNES graphics
12. Megaman 1-6, 9, 10 with SNES graphics
13. Donkey Kong Land games as NES ROMs
14. Metroid II colorized as an NES ROM
15. Tecmo (Super) Bowl: hack to add the 2018 teams and players, like the Jaguars
16. Megaman X (any), Mario RPG, Link to the Past, Mario All Stars, Super Metroid on Genesis
17. Megaman 1-6, 9, 10; Metroid; Zelda 1/2, SMB 1, 2, 3 on Master System
18. Castlevania 1, 2, 3: hack to add 8-way whip attack like on SNES
19. Castlevania 1, 2, 3: SNES rom version
20. Pokemon red, blue, yellow as NES Roms in color
21. Sonic from Master System in NES, SNES, Genesis ROMs
22. Sonic from Genesis on SNES ROMs
23. Blaster Master 2 on SNES

I have an NES Classic, and SNES classic, and will be getting the Genesis classic soon.  That's why I posted this. If anyone has the time/interest to do any of these, I'd be very appreciative.  The first two should be the easiest.

9.  SMB with graphics from later games has been done many times

11. Check out BS Zelda for a 16 bit Zelda 1 experience

12. Not SNES, but MegaMan 1-3 have 16 bit versions on Genesis/MD

13. There are pirate Donkey Kong country NES games, not very good though

15. Tecmo Bowl has plenty of roster based hacks

16. There is a pirate MegaMan X3

17. Super Mario Bros is on Sega Genesis/MD, that's as close as you're going to get

20. There's already a decent Yellow pirate that has been further enhanced and translated on the NES

21. There's already a Sonic pirate on the NES

NES Super Turrican optimized for NTSC, and Street Fighter Alpha 2 decompressed

Castlevania - Dracula X

Yes, it's a sloppy remake of Castlevania - Rondo Of Blood.  But here's a few simple things that if fixed, could make it seem a lot more polished.

Richter's walk animation:  So they took his walk and stair climbing animation from Rondo, then cut out half the frames.  The side effect is, he animates twice as fast.  There's probably no way to add the missing frames, but would it be simple to just slow the animation down?

First stage boss:  Why does a three headed dog sound like a mountain lion?

Sixth stage boss:  This is the Death fight.  In Rondo Of Blood, it takes place on top of a ship with a wide open background.  Death descends in the background with a smaller sprite, rises past the top of the screen, then swoops back down with his larger sprite - right over Richter.
But for some reason, they tried to do the same in this game, despite the background being only 2 feet behind Richter.  So it looks like a mini death turns into a big death.  It looks dumb.

Final stage background:  Before entering the stage, we see a map screen indicating where Richter is on the castle.  Then the stage begins, and we see the exact same castle in the distant background.  No.  Just no.

Third stage boss:  Dullahan's death animation shows background tiles from Rondo that don't exist in this game.  On second thought, maybe it's best to leave that in.  It's funny, and who would notice anyway?

So it's been 13 years since anyone's done a hack for this game.  Anyone more skilled than me up for it?

I second this, the game needs some love.  I always thought a title screen hack to "Vampire's Kiss" (to differentiate it from Dracula X) or a save function would spruce it up

Now that the SNES port of Wolfenstein 3D will be uncensored soon, I would like to see someone decensor Duke Nukem 64.

I agree, renaming things and changing textures would be a great change.  I think it's best to leave the level and weapon changes alone though.

April 08, 2018, 01:06:34 pm - (Auto Merged - Double Posts are not allowed before 7 days.)
More GBA hacks in general.  For some reason, I'm not a huge fan of the SNES but I love the GBA.  It drives me crazy to see all those hacks for F-Zero, Super Mario Kart and the Mario games but so few for the GBA equivalents!

Mario Kart Super Circuit is a better game (IMHO) than SMK, F-Zero: MV is a better game (IMHO) than F-Zero and, well, Mario is Mario, I suppose. :P

So, get to it guys.  Port your levels and tracks over to the little machine that could
PS:  Full Disclosure:  This post isn't entirely serious.  I, personally, wouldn't even know where to begin! :)

One of the things I never liked about F-Zero: MV is that the Falcon Mk-2 has to be unlocked.  I feel they should be playable in the beginning.  Captain Falcon is F-Zero.  Without him it just isn't the same.  That's my take.  Also, Wind Walker and Sly Joker should be uncensored back to Crazy Horse and Dirty Joker along with the uncensored portraits

So yeah, start with the Falcon and decensorization

Personal Projects / Re: Zelda II Redux
« on: March 23, 2018, 09:28:59 pm »

8.Alright, I just thought it would be cooler for the King of Hyrule to have his FDS tomb than the one they made in the NES port, but you don't have to restore it if you don't want to, it's no big deal.

There's no reason to visit his tomb, the one thing to fix in his NES tomb is change the text "THIS IS KINGS TOMB" to "THIS IS THE KING'S TOMB".

It's been a while since I've played through Zelda II so I might be missing some context, but would "TOMB OF KINGS" work?  I figured since now we know the official timeline and Zelda II is pretty late, so it would be reasonable to have a tomb of many past kings.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Wolfenstein3D - SNES Uncut hack
« on: March 20, 2018, 03:39:32 pm »
Have you checked the prototype?  That one had some uncensored stuff.

-Super mario bros deluxe release on nes with no screen crunch
-battletoads mode B added to the game
-castlevania symphony of the night with saturn extras on the ps1 version( also fast transitions for the game over screen)

SMBDX had a nice map screen a better Luigi sprite and animated lava/water.  Having those features on the NES version would be a welcome addition

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: SMAS: Auto load of specific game
« on: March 11, 2018, 03:39:33 pm »
It's a good idea.  The way we load roms off of emulators and flash carts means that games like these just add yet another menu to go through.  Space is hardly an issue, so having four copies of SMAS, one for each game would subvert the need for the in-game selection menu.

It would also mean that individual hacks could be made for each game, or we could have the SMAS+World version of SMW as a stand alone rom with it's own patches and whatnot.

I can't help you, but I support your concept  8)

I think there should be a sprite and title-screen fix for 'Universal Solder' on the Genesis/MegaDrive.  The game was originally going to be a port of Turrican 2, but it became a lazy tie-in to 'Universal Soldier'. All Accolade did was change the title-screen and some sprites, they also replaced the top-down shooter stages with some of their own levels.

These changes were made late in development, so I figure it should not be impossible to revert some of them
The sprites and title-screen could possibly be adapted from Mega Turrican or the Genesis/MegaDrive version of Turrican

I was thinking of the SNES game Castlevania Dracula XX.  It's oft overlooked as it's compared to Rondo of Blood and suffers from censorship.  The 'unsung villain hack' helps rectify this by getting rid of the censorship and replacing Richter with the unnamed cancelled 32X Castlevania character.  In my opinion this is a good thing as it disassociates the game from Rondo of Blood by having a different protagonist.

My thoughts are that this ought to go one step further and replace the 'Dracula XX' title' screen with the European 'Vampire's Kiss' title screen.  This way it can stand as its own game

F-Zero 2 was released via the BS Satellite service in Japan, the game filled a niche that in modernity would be considered a level pack.   Gameplay-wise I believe it uses the same engine and whatnot.  Although it is called 'F-Zero 2' the reality is that it simply swapped some cars, title screen and replaced the tracks with a new one called Ace.

I'm not particularly attached to the newer BS F-Zero Machines, would it be possible to add 'Ace' to the original F-Zero for one definitive SNES F-Zero experience?

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Zelda 2 FDS Translation
« on: June 08, 2017, 03:25:40 pm »
I played up to the towns and everything seemed okay (using FCEUX)

I have a powerpak and tried that and got a 'bad header' error.  (That's from the powerpak not the disksystem rom)

However the powerpak uses the disksytem rom is probably the culprit as I've never been able to get any fds hacks or translations to work properly.

News Submissions / Re: ROM Hacks: Mega Man 7 Gets the Upgrade It Deserves
« on: February 28, 2017, 10:14:23 pm »
Yeah its about time XD. I mean theres Rockman 7 FC, but its in japanese, which sucks. Can you try the codes and tell me if the museum fight pops up. If u want I mean

I'm pretty sure it does, last time I played it like that was years ago.  It certainly wasn't game-breaking.  I'll check it out anyway when I get the time now that I've rediscovered MM7


Replayed,  appears my memory was off.  It actually skips the intro level and the robot museum mid-level.  However, it does make it more like the NES MegaMan games due to having all 8 Robot Masters available at the start and gets right to the game instead of that slow intro level with all the dialog that you can't skip through

I guess story-wise it means that you don't get introduced to Bass/Forte (pretending to be good) or get to see how Wily got broken out of jail, then skipping the museum stage you don't get to see some NES Robot Masters rendered in MM7-style sprites, and you don't see Wily stealing GutsMan

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